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Microsoft Flight Simulator shows how PC gaming has changed over the past 40 years

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Microsoft kicked off its Ignite virtual conference by showcasing how Microsoft Flight Simulator has changed since its introduction in 1982. Almost 40-year history of the project’s development shows how much computer games have changed. The changes have reached such a level that Microsoft Flight Simulator can now accurately (in most cases) transform the real world into a virtual one. Recall that the game contains almost the entire surface of the planet, which is accurately reproduced (although it was not without oversights).

The Microsoft video begins with a demo of Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 gameplay. This game was released in 1982 for IBM-PC-compatible computers. It allowed players to fly the Cessna 182 between New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago. The beginning of the video also demonstrates the progress made in computer audio.

Two years later, in 1984, Microsoft released Flight Simulator 2.0, improving overall graphics and adding joystick support. Then, in 1988, version 3.0 came out with additional aircraft and customizable displays. Flight Simulator 4.0 has added many additional features, including random weather and dynamic landscapes, to enhance the gaming experience. It was also the first version for Mac, and a number of custom mods and add-ons were developed for it.

Flight Simulator 5.0 was released in 1993 and featured more realistic texture support. In version 5.1, we continued to improve the realism. In 1996, a Windows 95 version of Flight Simulator appeared with a higher frame rate and more aircraft. In 1999, the Flight Simulator 2000 version was introduced. Then in 2001, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 was released, which showed significant graphical changes, including a 3D virtual cockpit. After the release of Flight Simulator X in 2006, the series was paused. In this version, Microsoft added new planes, several expansions, and for the first time moved to releasing the game on DVD.

Only in 2020 was the release of the new part of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The game received a realistic map of the Earth, dynamic weather changes in real time, many different airplanes and airfields. A detailed overview and history of Microsoft Flight Simulator can be found in one of the previous materials.

Source: The Verge

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