Microsoft Flight Simulator Physical Edition on PC Includes 10 Discs

Microsoft Flight Simulator Physical Edition on PC Includes 10 Discs - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2020 / 1,082 Views

Publisher Microsoft and developer Asobo Studio announced Aerosoft will be the official retail partner for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Aerosoft administrator Mathijs Kok in a forum post released some details on the PC physical release of the game. 

Aerosoft announced the physical edition will include "10 (!) double-layer DVD’s and a printed manual in a spectacular box" and it is an "ideal way of entering the new age of flight simulation."

Here is an overview of the game:

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is specifically designed to celebrate flight simulation fans through a focus on the authenticity of flying and visually stunning environments. By revamping our tech, working in close collaboration with the community and pursuing the best partnerships across the industry, we intend to deliver the best-in-class flight simulation experience.

Key Features:

  • The world at your fingertips. Take to the skies and experience the joy of flight in the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator.
  • Explore the world. Travel the world in amazing detail with over 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountains, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and more.
  • Earn Your Wings. Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with an experience that scales to your level with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklists.
  • Test Your Skill. Fly day or night with live real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain, and lighting.

Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch for PC via the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass on August 18. It will launch at a later date for the Xbox. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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27 Comments

GoldenHand80 (on 16 July 2020)

If this game supports VR then it would be the best simulator ever


S.Peelman (on 16 July 2020)

I'd almost buy this just so I could own a game that comes on ten discs.


DonFerrari (on 18 July 2020)

Buy Phantasmagoria


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S.Peelman (on 18 July 2020)

According to Wikipedia that's less than 10. I want moah. :-)


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DroidKnight (on 16 July 2020)

They still make discs for PC?


dane007 (on 16 July 2020)

Yup cause at the time when blu Ray was starting out, getting a blu Ray drive was expe sive. Once blu Ray became the norm, people had steam, so no need to by disc for pc gaming


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DonFerrari (on 16 July 2020)

Where is the option for a single quad layer BD or 2 double layers BD? But well it will be a good box for 10 discs =] at least it gets a physical edition.


Azzanation (on 17 July 2020)

PC games are still made on DvD not Blu Ray


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DonFerrari (on 17 July 2020)

Sure, still there wouldn't be a problem in making BD version as well, but if you follow the convo on V-rOcK you'll see that I know why they didn't.


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Azzanation (on 17 July 2020)

I havnt, but i will assume it is because DvDs are just a more popular choice for PC gamers plus is cheaper.. maybe


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DonFerrari (on 17 July 2020)

more popular... the media itself isn`t that much difference to cover making 10 dvds instead of 2 bds


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GoldenHand80 (on 18 July 2020)

They don't make PC games on BD because they don't pay money to Sony to get a licenes when 90% of PC gamers use steam


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GoldenHand80 (on 18 July 2020)

***correction***
They don't make PC games on BD because they don't want to pay money to Sony to get a licences when 90% of PC gamers use steam


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DonFerrari (on 18 July 2020)

Sony license on each BD is pretty minimal, and they would pay others license on DVD, and even more considering it is more media.


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GoldenHand80 (on 18 July 2020)

@DonFerrari the licenes fee is per disc so if a licence is 0.11 USD that mean if you want to print 1000,000 discs you will have to pay 110,000 USD. It gets even more complicated when you have a multi-disc game like this one, if it is on 3 BDs you will have to miultiply that amount of money by 3 which a large sum of money for a niche game that has a niche fanbase.


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GoldenHand80 (on 18 July 2020)

@DonFerrari the licenes fee is per disc so if a licence is 0.11 USD that mean if you want to print 1000,000 discs you will have to pay 110,000 USD. It gets even more complicated when you have a multi-disc game like this one, if it is on 3 BDs you will have to miultiply that amount of money by 3 which a large sum of money for a niche game that has a niche fanbase.


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V-r0cK (on 16 July 2020)

That just seems overly excessive. Why not just put it on 2 Dual layer blu rays or 4 regular blu rays if they were to put it on physical disc? Better yet just put it on a usb stick. Was there some contract that this game's physical release must be on DVDs? lol


Barozi (on 16 July 2020)

Blu-Ray drives in modern PCs are about as common as cartridge slots in PS4s


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Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 July 2020)

Blu-Ray drives have never really picked up on PC, they came out when the PC was already moving towards digital content delivery. Most modern PCs don't even have any optical drive anymore, and even if a pre-build PC has one, in 99% of the cases it's just a DVD drive.

There's probably about 30 times as many PCs with a DVD drive than with a Blu-Ray drive, so it makes sense to ship the game on DVDs rather than Blu-rays. Be thankful they didn't just include a download code like most other publishers do instead on PC...


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DonFerrari (on 16 July 2020)

Agree Boffer, but they could still offer another option with BDs.


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Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 July 2020)

It would certainly have been nice if they did offer a BD version, but I guess that wouldn't have been worth the costs to do so.


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DonFerrari (on 16 July 2020)

Probably wouldn't, if it is already hard to see physical editions for PC with a disc, to see that for the least used format would be quite niche. But well FS is quite well know and liked, they could make a Collectors Edition for the BD or even have both DVD and BD (but only one license of course) since the media itself mean very little in cost).


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V-r0cK (on 16 July 2020)

Agreed, no PC has an optical drive these day but from what ive seen when they do have a drive now days its normally a blu ray drive. But I guess DVD is still cheaper and all blu ray drives can read DVDs anyways, it's possible its Microsoft's cheap way of producing physical copies of the game. I'd personally go with putting it on USB like how Microsoft's physical version of Windows 10 is on a USB stick, but I guess that'd be more expensive to produce?


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V-r0cK (on 16 July 2020)

*I retract my comment about mostly seeing blu ray drives on PC if there is an optical drive. They're not common on your everyday PC, DVD drives still are. Maybe moreso on the gaming PC? Either way, should just put it on a USB stick. I cant imagine the hassle of popping in 10 disc to install/play the game.


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DonFerrari (on 16 July 2020)

The cost to print a DVD and a BD probably are very similar, and certainly printing 2 dual layer BDs is less expensive than 10 dual layer DVD. It is most likely because of their research on what is currently used in PCs.
Also a 128Gb USB stick cost more than 10 DVDs to print.


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GoldenHand80 (on 18 July 2020)

Because they have to pay licence fees to Sony.


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Pemalite (on 16 July 2020)

What is this disc business?