Microsoft Flight Simulator FAQ

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Pre-order FAQ


Platform and Retail Questions

Q: What platforms will Microsoft Flight Simulator be released on?
A: Our PC release is on August 18, 2020. We will share more information regarding the Xbox release in the future.

Q: Is Microsoft Flight Simulator going to be released on Steam or the Epic Store?
A: Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on Steam. We have no news to share regarding additional versions, but our goal is to have Microsoft Flight Simulator available on as many platforms as possible.

Q: Is there any differences between the Steam and Microsoft Store version?

A: There is no difference. The sim shares the same multiplayer world and services.

Q: Will people that have the sim on Steam be able to play together with people from Microsoft Store?

A: Yes, the sim shares the same multiplayer world, content and services. However, if you purchase through steam, you will not be able to use the Xbox Play Anywhere functionality (PC Windows 10 and Console).

Q: Are achievements cross-platform?

A: Achievements are not cross-platform. If you unlock achievements on Xbox Live, they won't unlock on steam and vice-versa.

Q: Is a physical retail disc version available?
A: The retail disc version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available in Europe only.

Q: What version will be available with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta)?
A: The standard edition of “Microsoft Flight Simulator” will be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).

Q: Will there be a separate achievement list on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC?
A: There will not be a separate achievement list. It will be shared across platforms.

Q: If I buy the simulator for PC will I be able to play on my Xbox when it is released? Is this an Xbox Play Anywhere title?

A: The Play Anywhere is a new initiative by Microsoft to combine platforms of gaming, letting Xbox gamers play on PC with any first-party Microsoft Studios published game that is digitally purchased and vice versa. Microsoft Simulator is an XPA title.

Q: Are there multiple editions of Microsoft Flight Simulator for sale?
A: Yes. You can purchase the Standard, Premium, and Deluxe Edition.

Q: Is it required to sign in to a Microsoft Account to play outside of Xbox One and Windows 10?
A: Yes, it is a requirement.

Q: What computer specs do I need to run the sim smoothly?
A: Please review the minimum, recommended, and ideal specs below.


Min Spec

Min Spec   

Recommended Spec

Recommended Spec 


Ideal Spec

Ideal Spec









Min OS Version             Windows 10 Nov 2019 Update (1909) Windows 10 Nov 2019 Update (1909)   Windows 10 Nov 2019 Update (1909) Windows 10 Nov 2019 Update (1909)   Windows 10 Nov 2019 Update (1909) Windows 10 Nov 2019 Update (1909)
CPU Ryzen 3 1200 Intel i5-4460   Ryzen 5 1500X Intel i5-8400   Ryzen 7 2700X Intel i7-9800X
GPU Radeon RX 570  NVIDIA GTX 770   Radeon RX 590 NVIDIA GTX 970   Radeon Vll NVIDIA RTX 2080
VRAM 2 GB 2 GB   4 GB 4 GB   8 GB 8 GB
RAM 8 GB 8 GB   16 GB 16 GB   32 GB 32 GB
HDD 150 GB 150 GB   150 GB 150 GB   150 GB SSD 150 GB SSD
Bandwidth 5 Mbps 5 Mbps   20 Mbps 20 Mbps   50Mbps 50Mbps

Q: Is license sharing allowed on PC?
A: No, there is no license sharing. It requires explicit authentication per session.

Q: Will I be able to upgrade editions?

A: Yes it is possible, but the most cost-efficient way to purchase Microsoft Flight Simulator is to buy the edition you are interested in.

In-Sim Questions

Q: What are the recommended peripherals to use to play Microsoft Flight Simulator?
A: Most peripherals will work, but here is our list of top recommendations.


Extreme 3D Pro Joystick

Flight Rudder Pedals

Flight Throttle Quadrant

Flight Yoke System


X52 Pro

X56 H.O.T.A.S


TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

F/A-18 Grip

HOTAS WARTHOG (stick + throttle)

MFD Cougar

Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder

T.Flight Stick X

T.16000M FCS (stick only)

T.16000M FCS Hotas (stick + throttle)

T.16000M FCS Flight Pack (stick + throttle + rudder)

T.Flight HOTAS 4

T.Flight HOTAS One

T.Flight HOTAS X

T-Flight Rudder Pedals

TWCS Throttle

Virtual Fly




V3rnio TPM



Xbox Controller

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Please note if your peripherals are not on the list above, it is expected for them to still work but with more customization by the user to map the keys properly.

Q: What aircraft come with each edition?
A: Please review the list of aircraft below.aircraft-list.jpg

A320neo Airbus Yes Yes Yes
Pitts Special S2S Aviat Yes Yes Yes
747-8 Intercontinental The Boeing Company Yes Yes Yes
XCub CubCrafters Yes Yes Yes
TBM 930 Daher Yes Yes  Yes
DA62 Diamond Aircraft Yes Yes Yes
DA40 NG Diamond Aircraft Yes Yes Yes
EXTRA 330LT  EXTRA Yes Yes Yes
Flight Design CTSL Flight Design Yes  Yes Yes
ICON A5 ICON Aircraft Yes  Yes Yes
VL-3 JMB Aircraft s.r.o Yes Yes Yes
CAP 10 Robin Aircraft SAS Yes Yes Yes
DR400-100 Cadet Robin Aircraft SAS Yes Yes Yes
Beechcraft Bonanza G36 Textron Aviation Inc. Yes Yes Yes
Beechcraft Bonanza 350i Textron Aviation Inc. Yes Yes Yes
Cessna 152 Textron Aviation Inc. Yes Yes Yes
Cessna 172 Skyhawk (G1000) Textron Aviation Inc. Yes Yes Yes
Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX Textron Aviation Inc. Yes Yes Yes
Cessna Citation CJ4 Textron Aviation Inc. Yes Yes Yes
Savage Cub Zlin Aviation Yes Yes Yes
DA40-TDI Diamond Aircraft   Yes Yes
DV20 Diamond Aircraft   Yes Yes
Beechcraft Baron G58 Textron Aviation Inc.   Yes Yes
Cessna 152 Aerobat Textron Aviation Inc.   Yes Yes
Cessna 172 Skyhawk Textron Aviation Inc.   Yes Yes
787-10 Dreamliner The Boeing Company     Yes
SR22 Cirrus Aircraft     Yes
Virus SW 121 Pipistrel     Yes
Cessna Citation Longitude Textron Aviation Inc.     Yes
Shock Ultra Zlin Aviation     Yes
TOTAL   20 25 30


Q: What airports come fully hand-crafted for each edition?
A: The following is a list of customized, hand-crafted airports that come with each edition below. There will be over 37,000 airports in the sim.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (USA) KASE Yes Yes Yes
Bugalaga Airstrip (CAMA) (Indonesia) WX53 Yes Yes Yes
Chagual Airport (Peru) SPGL Yes Yes Yes
Courchevel Altiport (France) LFLJ Yes Yes Yes
Donegal Airport (Ireland) EIDL Yes Yes  Yes
Entebbe International Airport (Uganda) HUEN Yes Yes Yes
Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (Portugal)         LPMA Yes Yes Yes
Gibraltar International Airport (Gibraltar/UK) LXGB Yes Yes Yes
Innsbruck Airport (Austria)  LOWI Yes  Yes Yes
Los Angeles International Airport (USA) KLAX Yes  Yes Yes
Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Nepal) VNLK Yes Yes Yes
Nanwalek Airport (USA) KEB Yes Yes Yes
John F. Kennedy International Airport (USA) KJFK Yes Yes Yes
Orlando International Airport (USA) KMCO Yes Yes Yes
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France) LFPG Yes Yes Yes
Paro International Airport (Bhutan) VQPR Yes Yes Yes
Queenstown Airport (New Zealand) NZQN Yes Yes Yes
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Ecuador)  SEQM Yes Yes Yes
Rio de Janeiro-Antonio Carlos Jobim/Galeão Int'l Airport (Brazil)  SBGL Yes Yes Yes
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Dutch Saba) TNCS Yes Yes Yes
Gustaf lll Airport (France/Saint Barthélemy) TFFJ  Yes Yes Yes
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (USA) KSEA  Yes Yes Yes
Sedona Airport (USA) KSEZ  Yes Yes Yes
Sirena Aerodrome (Costa Rica) MRSN  Yes Yes Yes
Stewart Airport (Canada) CZST  Yes Yes Yes
Sydney Airport (Australia) YSSY  Yes  Yes Yes
Telluride Regional Airport (USA) KTEX  Yes Yes  Yes
Haneda Airport (Japan) RJTT  Yes Yes  Yes
Toncontin International Airport (Honduras) MHTG  Yes Yes  Yes
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Canada) CYTZ  Yes Yes  Yes
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands) EHAM   Yes Yes
Cairo International Airport (Egypt) HECA   Yes Yes
Cape Town International Airport (South Africa) FACT   Yes Yes
O'Hare International Airport (USA) KORD   Yes Yes
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (Spain) LEMD   Yes Yes
Denver International Airport (USA) KDEN     Yes
Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) OMDB     Yes
Frankfurt Airport (Germany) EDDF     Yes
Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom) EGLL     Yes
San Francisco International Airport (USA) KSFO     Yes
TOTAL   30 35 40
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