Microsoft Flight Simulator has at all times been about making you are feeling like a pilot, however you’ve by no means been capable of expertise it in VR — till in the present day. With in the present day’s free replace, Asobo Studio has added support for OpenXR-compatible headsets, which embrace Home windows Blended Actuality headsets in addition to the Valve Index, HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest (if you happen to use a Link cable).
Microsoft originally announced that the VR function could be coming first to the HP Reverb G2. This newest replace contains help for many Home windows Blended Actuality headsets, Oculus, Valve, and HTC headsets.
Earlier than, if you happen to wished to really feel such as you had been actually in an airplane whereas enjoying Flight Simulator, it might take numerous laptop screens and a few carpentry expertise. Even then, you might solely make your environment appear like the cockpit of a single mannequin of airplane. Now all you’ll want is a VR headset — oh, and a strong laptop to run it at a decision that’s satisfactory for screens an inch out of your eyes. When Microsoft ran a beta test of the feature, an i5-8400 or Ryzen 5 1500X paired with a GTX 1080 were listed as the minimum specs.
The replace can also be giving the world a winter makeover, including snow and ice to the number of climate circumstances within the recreation’s real-time weather simulation. In line with a blog post by the top of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the sport will now “add real-time snow and true-to-life ice protection to your complete planet.”
Presently, flying over the North Pole within the recreation gets a bit weird, not least of which as a result of it’s all water with no ice. As you’d think about, in actual life that area is often very icy, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if the brand new climate circumstances will make this space extra true to life. In truth, let’s go see for ourselves. We’ll be departing as quickly as everybody turns their telephones off. And the runway clears. And, in fact, we’ve received to de-ice the wings now.