Microsoft Flight Simulator was already a game that received glowing praise for its level of immersion, and that bar looks to be reset with a new virtual reality update coming to the game for free.
Announcing the news via Xbox Wire, Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator excitedly explained how the free content update came to be.
"Microsoft Flight Simulator was built from the ground up to achieve three key goals: realism, accuracy, and authenticity of flight. Today, we’re excited to share that Virtual Reality for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on your favorite VR headset for PC, offering simmers the deepest and most immersive virtual flight experience in the new simulator to date.
The flight sim community has been a very active and insightful partner in shaping how the team approached VR, and continues to be a critical partner in our continued development as we make further improvements and add new features to the simulation. Adding VR to Microsoft Flight Simulator was a direct result of community feedback, and we look forward to continued involvement in the future of the franchise with us."
Neumann added that the team's mission was to make the virtual reality support as broad as it could be, and therefore it's coming to virtually all headsets "including most Windows Mixed Reality headsets (including the HP Reverb G2), Oculus, Valve, and HTC headsets."
The free update is out now for all players who purchased Microsoft Flight Simulator or can access it via Game Pass. Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the highest-rated games of the year, scoring a 92 average on OpenCritic, with many critics praising the game's cloud-based simulation of the entire globe, including every airport on earth. In 2021, Microsoft Flight Simulator comes to Xbox Series X|S and will be in Game Pass for console in addition to its place in Game Pass for PC.