Platform and Retail Questions

CREDIT: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Official Website at

Q: What platforms is Microsoft Flight Simulator available on?
A: Our PC version released on August 18, 2020. It is available on PC Windows 10 via the Microsoft Store and Steam. 

We will share more information regarding the Xbox release in the future.

Q: Is Microsoft Flight Simulator going to be released on the Epic Store?
A: 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. However, content is tied to the platform you are playing on—if you purchase a DLC on Steam, you cannot transfer it to the Microsoft Store version and vice-versa.

Q: Are people that have the sim on Steam 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 is available in Europe only.

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

Q: If I buy an Upgrade Pack or an aircraft/airport in the Marketplace, can I continue playing Microsoft Flight Simulator after my Game Pass subscription runs out?

Upgrade Packs and additional content do not include the Microsoft Flight Simulator base game. To continue playing Microsoft Flight Simulator you’ll need to purchase a digital copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator standard edition from the Microsoft Store or renew your Game Pass subscription.

Q: Is there a separate achievement list on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC?
A: There is no separate achievement list. It is 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 SpecMin Spec  Recommended SpecRecommended Spec  Ideal SpecIdeal 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)
CPURyzen 3 1200Intel i5-4460 Ryzen 5 1500XIntel i5-8400 Ryzen 7 2700XIntel i7-9800X
GPURadeon RX 570 NVIDIA GTX 770 Radeon RX 590NVIDIA GTX 970 Radeon VllNVIDIA RTX 2080
RAM8 GB8 GB 16 GB16 GB 32 GB32 GB
HDD150 GB150 GB 150 GB150 GB 150 GB SSD150 GB SSD
Bandwidth5 Mbps5 Mbps 20 Mbps20 Mbps 50Mbps50Mbps

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

Q: Can I upgrade editions?

A: Yes it is possible to purchase Upgrade bundles from the in-game Marketplace, but the most cost-efficient way to purchase Microsoft Flight Simulator is to buy the edition you are interested in. If you purchase an upgrade from the Marketplace, it is more advantageous to purchase the Premium Deluxe Bundle.

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.

LogitechExtreme 3D Pro JoystickFlight Rudder PedalsFlight Throttle QuadrantFlight Yoke SystemX52X52 ProX56 H.O.T.A.S
ThrustmasterTCA Sidestick Airbus EditionF/A-18 GripHOTAS WARTHOG (stick + throttle)MFD CougarThrustmaster Pendular RudderT.Flight Stick XT.16000M FCS (stick only)T.16000M FCS Hotas (stick + throttle)T.16000M FCS Flight Pack (stick + throttle + rudder)T.Flight HOTAS 4T.Flight HOTAS OneT.Flight HOTAS XT-Flight Rudder PedalsTWCS Throttle
Virtual FlyRuddo+TQ3+TQ6+V3rnio TPMYoko+
MicrosoftXbox ControllerXbox 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.

Pitts Special S2SAviatYesYesYes
747-8 IntercontinentalThe Boeing CompanyYesYesYes
TBM 930DaherYesYes Yes
DA62Diamond AircraftYesYesYes
DA40 NGDiamond AircraftYesYesYes
Flight Design CTSLFlight DesignYes YesYes
ICON A5ICON AircraftYes YesYes
VL-3JMB Aircraft s.r.oYesYesYes
CAP 10Robin Aircraft SASYesYesYes
DR400-100 CadetRobin Aircraft SASYesYesYes
Beechcraft Bonanza G36Textron Aviation Inc.YesYesYes
Beechcraft Bonanza 350iTextron Aviation Inc.YesYesYes
Cessna 152Textron Aviation Inc.YesYesYes
Cessna 172 Skyhawk (G1000)Textron Aviation Inc.YesYesYes
Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EXTextron Aviation Inc.YesYesYes
Cessna Citation CJ4Textron Aviation Inc.YesYesYes
Savage CubZlin AviationYesYesYes
DA40-TDIDiamond Aircraft YesYes
DV20Diamond Aircraft YesYes
Beechcraft Baron G58Textron Aviation Inc. YesYes
Cessna 152 AerobatTextron Aviation Inc. YesYes
Cessna 172 SkyhawkTextron Aviation Inc. YesYes
787-10 DreamlinerThe Boeing Company  Yes
SR22Cirrus Aircraft  Yes
Virus SW 121Pipistrel  Yes
Cessna Citation LongitudeTextron Aviation Inc.  Yes
Shock UltraZlin Aviation  Yes
TOTAL 202530

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)KASEYesYesYes
Bugalaga Airstrip (CAMA) (Indonesia)WX53YesYesYes
Chagual Airport (Peru)SPGLYesYesYes
Courchevel Altiport (France)LFLJYesYesYes
Donegal Airport (Ireland)EIDLYesYes Yes
Entebbe International Airport (Uganda)HUENYesYesYes
Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (Portugal)        LPMAYesYesYes
Gibraltar International Airport (Gibraltar/UK)LXGBYesYesYes
Innsbruck Airport (Austria) LOWIYes YesYes
Los Angeles International Airport (USA)KLAXYes YesYes
Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Nepal)VNLKYesYesYes
Nanwalek Airport (USA)KEBYesYesYes
John F. Kennedy International Airport (USA)KJFKYesYesYes
Orlando International Airport (USA)KMCOYesYesYes
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France)LFPGYesYesYes
Paro International Airport (Bhutan)VQPRYesYesYes
Queenstown Airport (New Zealand)NZQNYesYesYes
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Ecuador) SEQMYesYesYes
Rio de Janeiro-Antonio Carlos Jobim/Galeão Int’l Airport (Brazil) SBGLYesYesYes
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Dutch Saba)TNCSYesYesYes
Gustaf lll Airport (France/Saint Barthélemy)TFFJ YesYesYes
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (USA)KSEA YesYesYes
Sedona Airport (USA)KSEZ YesYesYes
Sirena Aerodrome (Costa Rica)MRSN YesYesYes
Stewart Airport (Canada)CZST YesYesYes
Sydney Airport (Australia)YSSY Yes YesYes
Telluride Regional Airport (USA)KTEX YesYes Yes
Haneda Airport (Japan)RJTT YesYes Yes
Toncontin International Airport (Honduras)MHTG YesYes Yes
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Canada)CYTZ YesYes Yes
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands)EHAM YesYes
Cairo International Airport (Egypt)HECA YesYes
Cape Town International Airport (South Africa)FACT YesYes
O’Hare International Airport (USA)KORD YesYes
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (Spain)LEMD YesYes
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 303540

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