Microsoft released a Microsoft Flight Simulator video while launching the Ignite conference in the virtual environment. The video in question shows the changes that the game has experienced in its almost 40-year journey, which met with the players in 1982. However, it can be said that the change shown by the video is valid for the game industry in general, apart from Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Microsoft’s video begins with Flight Simulator 1.0 for IBM-compatible PCs, released in 1982. In this game, players could fly a Cessna 182 over New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago. The beginning of the video helps to understand how computers’ sound cards have also changed over the years.
Flight Simulator 2.0 was released in 1984. With this game in which the graphics were improved, joystick support was also offered to the players. With Flight Simulator 3.0 released in 1988, the number of aircraft was increased and it became possible to customize the screens. Flight Simulator 4.0, on the other hand, offered features that would improve the gaming experience, such as random weather and dynamic environments. With this version, Flight Simulator was played on Mac for the first time.
Flight Simulator 5.0 came out in 1993 and increased the dose of reality in the series with new texture support. The 5.1 version also continued the trend of reality. The Windows 95 version of Flight Simulator, on the other hand, increased the frame rate and expanded the aircraft fleet. Flight Simulator 2000, on the other hand, met with the players before the end of 1999.
When it comes to Flight Simulator 2002, which was released in 2001, the increase in graphics quality is more noticeable in Microsoft’s video. The three-dimensional virtual cockpit impressed those who saw it at that time and made it feel like a real pilot.
With Flight Simulator X, released in 2006, the series entered a long period of silence. In this version, the company, which presented the game on DVD for the first time, appeared before the players with new planes and expansion packs.
Microsoft Flight Simulator met with game lovers again in 2020 after this long break. The game, supported by the artificial intelligence of Azure, was presented to the players with its real-time weather and large aircraft fleet. The special video for Flight Simulator helps to better understand the technological progress that has been experienced in 40 years.