It’s the year 2020 and digital sales have shot through the roof. People with capable connections are flocking to the digital medium but there’s a different feel to owning a physical edition, one to call your very own. In the case of the latest Flight Simulator from Microsoft, getting that physical edition means that you’ll be getting that’s on 10 discs. 10. Ten.
In a forum post, Aerosoft revealed that it has been chosen by Microsoft to be the retail publishing partner and said that the retail version will include “10 (!) double-layer DVD’s and a printed manual in a spectacular box, it is an ideal way of entering the new age of flight simulation.”
10. Double-layer. DVD’s.
According to Aerosoft, the boxed version will contain the following:
- The simulator code itself (the ‘sim’) that is around pretty small in size, this is a mandatory part of the sim.
- The world and aircraft delivered by Microsoft, (that content depends on the version (the ‘content’) that is around 90 GB, this is a mandatory part of the sim.
- Optional online streamed content (this is an optional part of the sim)
- 3rd party files (clearly fully optional)
Additionally, Mathijs Kok, Aerosoft forum administrator, goes on to say that “This is very much a simulator that depends on the cloud if you want to use it to its full potential. So the boxed version makes it possible for people on a slower internet connection to get the sim installed without downloading the ‘content’. So the simulator is in every way, 100% the same. The boxed retail version just gets you a nice box, printed manual and about 90 Gb you do not have to download. There is no difference between boxed retail and the verison MS sells directly. “
More questions on edition inclusions can be seen and answered through this FAQ and if you’re interested in the title, make sure your rig is up to spec, which you can check in the system requirements below:
Microsoft Flight Simulator is scheduled to launch on August 18 for the PC and on the Xbox One at a later date.