The true technological prowess of the new consoles

Starting Tuesday, July 27 at 5 p.m., console gamers and Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to enjoy the Xbox Series S∣X version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, nearly a year after its release on PC. Rather successful takeoff.

Casually, that was arguably the biggest technological gamble for the Xbox Series S∣X since their inception: bringing to console a game as impressive, demanding and resource-intensive as Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The simulation has dazzled all observers since its arrival on PC last year, relying both on the power of the machines, that of the Microsoft Azure servers or even the visual and technical demonstration of Asobo’s know-how. Studios. An explosive cocktail that offered itself a new challenge by attempting to land on console.

Even the Xbox One X, for all its power over the previous generation, lacks the backbone to take the brunt. The question then arises about his heirs.

Available as of July 27 at 5 p.m., on the Microsoft Store or in Xbox Game Pass for subscribers, Flight Simulator requires advance planning to be downloaded on the Xbox Series X and Series S. To charge the full version of the game and the one to play offline, count 100 GB. It will also take extra space for the available content extensions, often updated geographical areas of the world (including Paris to have it in photogrammetry). especially).

So allow time before playing. Your best bet is to preinstall the game from the Store or Game Pass area to save time.

For the occasion, the console version of Flight Simulator benefits from a new tutorial system. You can always choose to play with the controller, with a keyboard-mouse combo or the first compatible accessories.

The game will also make it possible to play with friends and relatives, whether on PC or console, thanks to the arrival of cross-play and cross-save on different platforms. If you’re going to enjoy multiplayer later and see other players in the sky, you’ll need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold membership.

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If you have never got your hands on the PC version or are a complete novice in flight simulation games, the tutorial drawn by Asobo is very well done, easy to understand and intuitive enough to quickly take control. . You will begin your “training” on a Cessna 152 to learn the basics of takeoff, landing, piloting, and dozens of things to learn before taking to the skies.

Once you have passed the critical, even stressful, test of trying to get the plane to take off without crashing it so dry in the tarmac (my God, what anguish to see it take a nose dive!), It’s a magnificent trip to- above the Earth coming to life. The nearly 40-year-old franchise is experiencing a second youth with the title shaped and highlighted by the Bordeaux studio.

Flight Simulator is not only a technical feat to succeed in taking so many elements into account (cartography, use of the cloud, AI, faithful reproduction of the world, buildings and landscapes in a living world, integration of the weather in real time, of the sky chart, of other airplanes in flight, etc.), but it is lavishly beautiful.

You might as well say it right away: it doesn’t look as good as it looks on a PC. It would be hard to be so beautiful, and it’s not insulting the Xbox Series X and S to say that. Just the observation that they still lack a little bit for the porting to be 100% the same. But the result is magnificent for this generation. In this, the game is respected for its passage on consoles. And the Xbox Series X doesn’t suffer from it. At no point did she stuck her tongue out in flight or breathed out her pain. It must be said that the definition is reduced to 2560 x 1440 pixels for a framerate down to 30 fps. A figure that would also be revised downwards on Xbox Series S (1080p) where testers were impressed to see the game run so well (we tested it on Xbox Series X).

The title has been optimized to meet the requirements of new generation consoles. Asobo and Xbox have announced that the PC version will also receive an update to improve its performance on Tuesday.

The result on console is very pleasant, smooth and the experience even at the controller is convincing. We like to fly over the world, to choose its destination for the simple stroll and to be amazed. If you were afraid to try your hand at the PC version fearing its complexity, the Xbox Series version is a great approach and puts the playfulness and the pleasure of discovering the world above all else.

And we applaud with both hands the work of the Asobo teams who manage to take advantage of the internet connection to offer a complete experience and arguably the first truly beautiful game using the full power of the new machines. So, of course, this isn’t a dynamic, all-round game to get the Xbox Series running at full throttle. But Flight Simulator has the merit of putting them to the test technically and graphically, just to see what they really have in the belly. And the bet is successful.

The game also has an offline mode if you don’t want to see the data counter climbing too quickly and damaging your subscription, internet speed or whatever. It figures very, very quickly. But don’t be surprised to see the graphics quality a bit dampened too. It is also possible to deactivate certain parameters of the game and the procedural generation side of the world in front of your eyes then disappears, just like the additions of cities and zones in photogrammetry.

Note that if you are the proud owner of a VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) compatible screen, your framerate will be automatically unlocked.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on PC on Windows 10, Xbox Series X∣S and on Steam as well as for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. Microsoft has hinted that the Xbox One consoles could eventually also benefit from … xCloud and the power of next-generation consoles that boost the cloud gaming service.

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