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Microsoft Flight Simulator now supports virtual reality

HP Reverb G2
HP Reverb G2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on virtual reality headsets.
  • You can play Microsoft Flight Simulator on supported Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus, Valve, and HTC headsets.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows 10, and Steam.

Microsoft Flight Simulator now supports virtual reality headsets. The popular flight sim can now immerse you into a realistic world of flight on supported Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus, Valve, and HTC headsets. Microsoft announced VR support today (opens in new tab), and breaks down which devices are supported.

Microsoft Flight Simulator delivers an incredibly immersive experience on PCs, and that should only be enhanced by playing in virtual reality. With a wider field of view, immersion within a headset, and the fact that you'll use a combination of a headset and controllers to fly within the game, Microsoft flight Simulator within VR should be incredibly realistic.

Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, explains that VR support was a direct result of community feedback.

The flight sim community has been a very active and insightful partner in shaping how the team approached VR, and continues to be a critical partner in our continued development as we make further improvements and add new features to the simulation.

If you need to pick up a PC to play Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR, make sure to check out our best desktop PCs for VR guide. There are plenty of great VR headsets you could use to play Microsoft Flight Simulator, but it's worth checking out our HP Reverb G2 review to see if you'd like to snag HP's latest headset.

The update that brings support for virtual reality headset is free, and is available on Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows 10, and Steam.

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8 Comments
  • *dusts off Lenovo Explorer* "Hello old friend!"
  • Yep, same. Made me want the HP G2 even more, though. haha. Lenovo was a great first headset, though.
  • Since the series X is basically a pc, it would be interesting if Microsoft implemented VR for this game through Oculus quest link. Microsoft is getting pretty chummy with facebook, so who knows?
  • It's just not that easy. Anything is "just basically a PC" nowadays, but only a PC runs PC software. An Xbox is no more of "a PC" than a smartphone is. It's not like games run in them with minimal tweaks. Other than that, VR is precisely an area where MS and Facebook are competitors, so no, I don't see it ever happening. People can use their Quest through link with the PC version ( the Steam one, the Windows Store one is highly unlikely), and honestly, be thankful this game even comes out for console.
  • The reason why I said it's basically a PC is because it's running Windows, which is what's(by default) installed in the majority of PCS😉
  • Xbox by no means is running Windows. It runs a software OS by Microsoft that probably has a lot of common code with Windows, but it's not Windows.
  • Well in that case, consider me enlightened. Learn something new everyday
  • Dell Visor + GTX 1080 + i7 8700, performance was good for what I tested. This is a marvel, really.