Microsoft Flight Simulator: 40 years of history

Microsoft has released a video of the 40-year development of the Flight Simulator game. It is also a flashback to the evolution of graphics and games in the history of computers.

Microsoft started the Ignite conference today and for a start presented how the Microsoft Flight Simulator game has changed since its introduction in 1982 until today. The nearly 40-year history also shows how much PC gaming has changed, and how today Microsoft Flight Simulator can accurately map the real world to a virtual one.

Microsoft Video begins with Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0, first released in 1982 for IBM-compatible computers. It allowed players to fly a Cessna 182 all over New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Two years later, in 1984, Microsoft released Flight Simulator 2.0, improving overall graphics and adding controller support. Version 3.0 then arrived in 1988, with additional aircraft and customizable screens. Flight Simulator 4.0 added many features, such as random weather and dynamic landscape to enhance the gaming experience. It was also the first version for Mac, with a number of custom mods.

Flight Simulator 5.0 then arrived in 1993, paving the way for improved realism in the series, thanks to new texture support. Version 5.1 continued the trend for more realism as Flight Simulator for Windows 95 debuted in 1996 with higher frame rates and more aircraft to choose from. Several versions later, Flight Simulator 2000 appeared in 1999. This was a major release for Microsoft, at a time when XNUMXD gaming was increasingly pushing game consoles to the limit.

In the Microsoft video, you can admire the leaps in graphics, even the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 in 2001. The 3D virtual cockpit function was particularly impressive at the time, allowing you to pretend to be a real pilot with a view through cockpit.

The Flight Simulator X, released in 2006, was the series continued for a long time. Microsoft has added a number of expansion packs to new aircraft and released the game on DVD for the first time.

Microsoft did not fully revive the Flight Simulator until the beginning of this year, where it has the ambitious goal of mapping the real world so that players can fly anywhere and thanks to artificial Azure intelligence, see the weather in real time . It also provides a selection of many different aircraft.

Comparing the versions over the years, you will realize how incredibly this particular game has changed and generally the older of you will realize how much you have grown… .. See below the 40 years of history of the game:

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