Microsoft Flight Simulator comes to Xbox One through cloud gaming

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Da62 Snow (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on Xbox Series X|S, but the aging Xbox One generation of consoles are not powerful enough to run it.
  • On Tuesday, Xbox revealed that Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming to Xbox Cloud Gaming.
  • Now, Xbox One players can access the Xbox Series X|S title on their console, as long as they have a suitable internet connection to stream it.

Microsoft Flight Simulator made its debut on PC and set the bar for flight simulator games, especially from a visual standpoint. Months later, the title also arrived on Xbox Series X|S consoles, but couldn't come to the older Xbox One generation due to hardware limitations. On Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that — indirectly, at least — Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming to Xbox One.

As part of the first wave of Xbox Game Pass additions, it was revealed that Microsoft Flight Simulator is heading to Xbox Cloud Gaming, Microsoft's cloud platform that enables subscribers to stream hundreds of Xbox games to a variety of devices, including Xbox One.

This means that the full Xbox Series X|S version of Microsoft Flight Simulator can be streamed to Xbox One consoles at up to 1080p and 60 FPS, as long as you have a suitable internet connection to play it. Even better, using this method means you don't have to download this gargantuan game or worry about updates.

This is part of Microsoft's continued efforts to preserve the Xbox One family, even as more and more of the best Xbox games become exclusive to current-gen consoles. You can now play Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox One through Xbox Cloud Gaming, or check out any of the other games heading to Xbox Game Pass in the near future.

Zachary Boddy
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