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Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Press pack info, 2006

Introduction

Get ready to experience the highly anticipated next installment of Microsoft's legendary Flight Simulator. The culmination of nearly 25 years of development of the historic franchise, this edition features a new, more immersive world, mission-based game play, new aircraft, and enhanced interactive online capabilities. Gamers and aviation enthusiasts of all ages, types, and skill levels can experience first-hand what it's like to be an aviator flying solo or online with others.

Flight Simulator X introduces virtual pilots to a unique playground that spans the globe, with high-detail airports and cities, real-world digital elevation data modeling the lay of the land, and a fleet of aircraft for every kind of flying.

Flight Simulator X models the entire world in an exacting, realistic way, providing the user with exciting technology and stunning visuals. This version has three important new features: Living World, Shared Skies, and Missions.

Flight Simulator X Key Features

Living World

The Flight Simulator world is more alive than ever, with air traffic, vehicles on busy roads and highways, leisure boats, and freighters and cruise ships in shipping lanes. Airports in Flight Simulator X bustle with baggage carts, fuel trucks, and other airport vehicles. Taxi into a gate and the jetway swings over to disembark your passengers.

We use real-world digital elevation models (DEM) to create mountains and valleys. We lay roads and rivers using real-world vector data. Our autogen (auto-generated scenery feature) insures that trees and vegetation are correct for the area and land class you're flying over. The world you see in Flight Simulator X looks more than ever like the world you see out your window.


Left: Flight Simulator 2004, Right: Flight Simulator 2006 (FS-X)

Shared Skies

Flight Simulator X has greatly enhanced multiplayer capabilities. Pilots flying in both Standard and Deluxe versions can talk to other players acting as air traffic controllers. Players can share their aircraft with over a LAN or the Internet, providing an ideal training situation or a way to show their favorite part of the Flight Simulator world to a friend or relative. Flight Simulator X Deluxe owners can use the Tower Controller feature to guide pilots through busy sky lanes.


Tower Controller - Multiplayer flying

Missions

With dozens of missions to choose from, aviators can build their skill levels, and engage in even more challenging and fun game play than ever before. Flight Simulator X comes with missions that will grip you with excitement, push your skills to the limit, or make you laugh. Collect rewards and trophies for completing missions and then replay the missions using different aircraft. The Deluxe version contains additional missions.

You can choose Missions by interest or skill level. Tutorial missions are just what you'd think: a way to get started and learn both flying and Flight Simulator X. Challenges have some unusual and amusing tests of skill. Airline Pilot missions put you in the captain's seat, while Backcountry and Emergency take you to the far corners of the world and let you save the day.


Red Bull Racing - Jet Truck

Pilot Records

Earn rewards and trophies for completing Missions and flights. Keep track of your hours in the Logbook and build a scrapbook of photos from your flights.

Aircraft

Flight Simulator X provides pilots with the aircraft of their dreams:
  • o Airbus A321
  • o Air Creation 582SL ultralight
  • o Boeing 737-800 NG
  • o Boeing 747-400
  • o Beechcraft Baron 58
  • o Beechcraft King Air 350
  • o Bell 206B helicopter
  • o Bombardier CRJ700
  • o Cessna C172
  • o Cessna Grand Caravan
  • o de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane
  • o DG 808S Competition Sailplane
  • o Douglas DC-3
  • o Extra 300 aerobatic plane
  • o Grumman G-21A Goose
  • o Learjet 45
  • o Maule M7-260C Orion on wheels or skis
  • o Mooney Bravo
  • o Piper J-3 Cub
  • o Robinson R22 Beta helicopter

Garmin G1000

Flight Simulator X Deluxe includes general aviation aircraft with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. This amazing new technology is showing up in more cockpits every day.

From the press pack, 2006