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Microsoft Flight Simulator Specs Revealed

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The specs for Microsoft Flight Simulator have been revealed and they're perhaps not as daunting as you thought. The game has been marketed with some wildly impressive bullet points, including its two biggest: it simulates the entire world, and it features every airport on Earth, all 37,000 of them.

To do this, the game is largely streaming-based, with map data and possibly textures being shared to players games straight from Microsoft Azure cloud servers. As a result, flying aorund the world won't be as rig-intensive as one would anticipate. Here are the specs for Microsoft Flight Simulator, including minimum specs all the way to the ideal rig one could have. 

Microsoft Flight Simulator Minimum Specs

CPU: Ryzen 3 1200 / Intel i5-4460

GPU: Radeon RX 570 / NVIDIA GTX 770

VRAM: 2GB

RAM: 8GB

HDD: 150GB

Bandwidth: 5 Mbps

Microsoft Flight Simulator Recommended Specs

CPU: Ryzen 5 1500X / Intel i5-8400

GPU: Radeon RX 590 / Nvidia GTX 970

VRAM: 4GB

RAM: 16GB

HDD: 150GB

Bandwidth: 20 Mbps

Microsoft Flight Simulator ideal specs

CPU: Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X / Intel i7-9800X

GPU: Radeon VII / Nvidia RTX 2080

VRAM: 8GB

RAM: 32GB

HDD: 150GB (SSD recommended)

Bandwidth: 50 Mbps

Naturally, in all its promotional videos, we are surely seeing Microsoft Flight Simulator at its very best with "ideal specs," but it's interesting to see even the recommended specs don't ask so much of the player despite its lofty ambitions. 

We still don't have a release date for the PC game, and there's also an Xbox version in the works, but we don't yet know if it's coming out at the same time as the traditionally PC series. 

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