You Can Now Play the Microsoft Flight Simulator in Virtual Reality
The flight sim supports Oculus, HTC, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve headsets.
The Microsoft Flight Simulator has been one of the big stories in the VR sphere in 2020 and if you own a virtual reality headset, the game is just about to get even better and more immersive.
You can now play the Flight Simulator with virtual reality headsets on PC. In October this year, Microsoft had issued a call for virtual reality beta testers and it looks like they had found some. According to the Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, the flight sim community was an active and insightful partner in shaping how his team approached VR support for the Flight Simulator.
Virtual reality support will be available as a free update of the game and Microsoft has gone out of its way to support as many virtual reality headsets as possible. The game works not only with Oculus, HTC and Valve headsets but also with most of the Windows Mixed Reality headsets. If you currently own any of these headsets, you will simply need to install the latest update for the Microsoft Flight Simulator to begin enjoying the new level of immersion and realism.
However, Xbox users still have to wait until the next summer to play the flight sim.
PC gamers, on the other hand, have to wait for flight sticks to ship before they can immerse themselves into the flight simulator as a result of the high demand and the impact of the pandemic which has limited the supplies for many of the VR peripherals in 2021.
After months of being backordered early in the year due to the high demand following the onset of the pandemic, most virtual reality headsets are now easier to find. However, the Valve Index headset still has a shipment time of “8 or more weeks.”