Almost a 12 months after its PC launch, Microsoft Flight Simulator hits cruising altitude on Xbox Sequence X/S at the moment, the place it’s additionally obtainable by way of Game Pass. It’s a staggeringly giant sport, clocking in at practically 100GB—and that’s not counting any of the non-compulsory “world updates,” which might trigger its file dimension to balloon nicely past that. However you needn’t obtain the entire thing to get it engaged on a next-gen Xbox.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is available in two recordsdata on Xbox Sequence X/S, one that features the sport (42.4GB), and one which means that you can play in an offline mode (59.7GB). You’ll be able to play the sport simply advantageous with out that second file, offered you A) have a stable, dependable web connection and B) don’t have a knowledge cap. Whenever you first obtain the sport, you’ll get the possibility to pick out, piecemeal, which recordsdata you wish to put in your console. Or, for those who routinely downloaded each and have to take away the latter, simply…
- Go to the “my video games and apps” menu.
- Hover over the Microsoft Flight Simulator icon and press the menu button.
- Scroll right down to “Handle sport and add-ons.”
- Click on on the primary choice that pops up, which needs to be a line merchandise itemizing the sport’s title, the model you’ve downloaded, and the whole variety of “sport gadgets” you’ve put in.
- It’s best to see two choices: one for the sport itself, and one for “World – offline mode.” Deselect the latter, then hit “save adjustments.”
Since Microsoft Flight Sim is a next-gen sport, you must retailer it internally or on the $200 enlargement card. In case you’re rocking an Xbox Sequence S, which sports activities just 364GB of internal storage capacity (after you account for area earmarked by the working system and different system-essential recordsdata), Flight Sim takes up a couple of third of your usable disc area. On Xbox Series X, it takes up an eighth. In both case, that’s not a lot room for different kaiju-sized video games like Future 2 and Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment. Trimming Flight Sim’s file dimension in half is nothing to sneeze at.
In my expertise, Flight Sim has labored flawlessly with out the web mode. Tokyo, Naples, Athens, Reykjavik—wherever I flew, I didn’t expertise any framerate drops or notable efficiency points. Actually, after culling the offline mode file, I didn’t discover a distinction in how the sport performs.
However I say this totally acknowledging that my family has pretty good web. A velocity take a look at this afternoon signifies obtain speeds of 370 megabits per second with a latency of 4 ms. We don’t have a knowledge cap. Based on Digital Foundry testing, Microsoft Flight Sim makes use of anyplace from 500mb to 700mb of knowledge per hour, so, you probably have such a cap, you may wish to restrict how a lot Flight Sim can use. You’ll be able to set personalized restrictions within the sport’s “Information” tab, below the “Normal Choices” menu.