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Microsoft Flight Simulator physical version is 10 discs, 90GB

The Microsoft Flight Simulator physical version will ship over 10 discs totalling 90GB of data, the game’s publishing partner has confirmed. Moreover, that version will still require an internet connection and will need to download more data as one plays.

The physical version will contain “the simulator code itself” alongside “the world and aircraft delivered by Microsoft,” according to Aerosoft’s Mathijs Kok.

When you fire up the game, you’ll need an internet connection to ensure you can also draw from the same two petabytes of Bing data available to those with a digital version.

“When you install, the sim will updates all files immediately from the servers and you will get the very latest code for the simulator itself and all content is updated,” Kok continued. “This is very much a simulator that depends on the cloud if you want to use it to its full potential. So the boxed version makes it possible for people on a slower internet connection to get the sim installed without downloading the ‘content’.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator heads to Windows PC on 18 August. A listing of the (detailed) airports available in each version is below:


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