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Microsoft Flight Simulator now supports VR

Published: 23:02, 23 December 2020
Flight Simulator 2020 screenshot showing snowy mountains
Flight Simulator 2020

Flight Simulator was already an immersive experience but if you are looking to take it to the next level, you can now enjoy the sim in VR.

Microsoft released the latest patch notes for Flight Simulator and while they are chunky, the VR support is certainly the highlight, provided you have a supported head-mounted display (HMD), colloquially known as a VR headset. 

As for which ones are supported, all the OpenXR-compliant headsets can be utilised. You can check out the VR options menu in-game in order to enable or disable the feature.

Not all news is good though but the bad news is more of a temporary inconvenience rather than a permanent setback. Certain packages in the community folder may not be updated and can negatively impact the stability or performance of MFS in some cases. To work around this, Microsoft suggested that the players move their community packages to another folder before launching MFS, should crashes or worse performance occur.

Other additions include two new training missions that will help with controlling the Airbus A320neo, especially during the takeoff and landing. Furthermore, the Airbus A320neo Landing Challenge is featured in the Spotlight Event which should be rather interesting to check out after the training sessions.

Live Weather should now be improved with Meteo blue data that will include snow and ice coverage, which should theoretically prevent unnecessary airborne versions of the Titanic disaster, or at least something similar since it's hard to imagine an iceberg that high in the air.

There are also some freebies coming with the update since everyone can grab the Aviators club livery for all 30 planes. Just go to the marketplace and claim them. Meanwhile, Alpha and Beta testers can get the Test Pilot livery for all 30 planes, on top of the aforementioned freebies. 

You can check out the full patch notes on the official website as they include details on the performance and stability updates as well.

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