Microsoft Flight Simulator is landing on Xbox Series X / S consoles on July 27th. Available on Xbox Game Pass, it’s the first next-gen-exclusive Xbox Game Studios title as Microsoft Flight Simulator isn’t launching on Xbox One. Microsoft revealed a gameplay trailer for Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X today, and it looks very much like the PC version running in 4K.
How well the game performs on the Xbox Series X / S may rely upon developers Asobo Studio moving Flight Simulator over to DirectX 12. This work has been in progress for a while now, and it should include big performance improvements on the PC side, too. Microsoft Flight Simulator is notoriously CPU and GPU intensive at 4K ultra settings, with even the latest processors and GPUs struggle to hit 60fps.
Microsoft’s Flight Simulator head Jorg Neumann told The Verge last year that “Xbox is certainly reinvigorating our optimization efforts,” so it’s likely that the Xbox version is far more optimized for the hardware involved.
We’ll find out soon enough, as Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on Xbox Series X / S on July 27th. Microsoft also announced a new Top Gun expansion for Flight Simulator which will arrive later this year.