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[PC, Steam] 20% off Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 $79.96, Deluxe Bundle $111.96, Premium Deluxe Bundle $143.96 @ Steam

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Greetings everyone, Microsoft Flight Simulator discounted on Steam across all variants for this week.
It's pricey, but perhaps a little more palatable right now than before.

Microsoft Flight Simulator A$ 79.96
Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe Bundle A$ 111.96
Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium Deluxe Bundle A$ 143.96

Edit: Alternately XBOX crossplatform from MS Store (credit to @ooooooooyeahhhhh in comments below): "Microsoft Store with the advantage of being able to play on both PC and XBOX https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/microsoft-flight-simulator... "

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  • +6

    Same price for Flight Simulator on Microsoft Store with the advantage of being able to play on both PC and XBOX https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/microsoft-flight-simulator...

    • +2

      Problem with that though is the Xbox app on PC. I have several games on it and used to subscribe but it feels so segregated. I hate how hard it is to move game files as well.

      I ended up cancelling the sub after a few trial x 3 months and just bought MSFS on sale from Steam. I also picked up Gears 5 and Halo Collection when they were dirt cheap.

      • I bought other titles online and don't need to use an Xbox app, perhaps the Xbox app is for something else like game pass or streaming?

        When I buy via the store I download the game from the Microsoft App Store like any other app bought from the store and it's available to launch from the start menu.
        The game is also available on my xbox library for download.

        • I'll give that a try next time but I'm pretty sure it still runs in Xbox, I may be wrong.

    • If you buy from Microsoft store, can you download the game in Steam?

      • No, not directly, and while you can (as best as I'm aware) add MS App programs into your steam library, not without a 3rd party solution (UWPHook) - MS has its app store pretty well locked down.

      • +1

        No, the game is downloaded via microsoft store and available on the windows start menu. You can create a link inside steam by adding a custom app/game to launch but the game is outside steam.

        If you like to consolidate your game on Steam I think it's better to buy from Steam, if you have an xbox or plan to buy an xbox in the future it is better to buy from Microsoft store so you can use this game on both PC and Xbox.

        • This game still launches outside of Steam, so no real loss following your suggestion to add a non-steam game.

      • Ah thanks. Guess I will just buy from Steam, and forget about buying an Xbox in the future.

        • If you have a decent PC then I personally don't see the need for an Xbox.

          • +1

            @Where's_That_Cake: Don't have a decent PC to handle this game very well at the moment - Intel 6700K CPU and GTX 1070 GPU, probably only running at 1080p. Medium setting at 30fps. But planning to get a new PC next year which should be good.

  • +2

    or pay $10 a month and play msfs and 100's of other games.

  • Foe the price of the premium deluxe, you can get 3yrs of Gamepass premium via vpn.

    • +1

      Does gamepass give you the premium deluxe content now or is this just a really unfair comparison?

      • It doesn't, but then that said the included aircraft are limited anyway and anyone half serious will be buying 3rd party addons.

        Deluxe adds these on top of standard…
        Additional aircraft:

        Diamond Aircraft DA40-TDI
        Diamond Aircraft DV20
        Textron Aviation Beechcraft Baron G58
        Textron Aviation Cessna 152 Aerobat
        Textron Aviation Cessna 172 Skyhawk
        

        Additional enhanced airports:

        Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands)
        Cairo International Airport (Egypt)
        Cape Town International Airport (South Africa)
        O’Hare International Airport (USA)
        Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (Spain)
        

        Premium adds these on top of standard…

        Additional aircraft:

        Diamond Aircraft DA40-TDI
        Diamond Aircraft DV20
        Textron Aviation Beechcraft Baron G58
        Textron Aviation Cessna 152 Aerobat
        Textron Aviation Cessna 172 Skyhawk
        Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
        Cirrus Aircraft SR22
        Pipistrel Virus SW 121
        Textron Aviation Cessna Citation Longitude
        Zlin Aviation Shock Ultra
        

        Additional enhanced airports:

        Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands)
        Cairo International Airport (Egypt)
        Cape Town International Airport (South Africa)
        O’Hare International Airport (USA)
        Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (Spain)
        Denver International Airport (USA)
        Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates)
        Frankfurt Airport (Germany)
        Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom)
        San Francisco International Airport (USA)
        

        Depends on the user, but I'm not personally a fan of tubes (big jets)
        That leaves only a couple of poorly modelled aircraft like the Baron and 172 as the only value add.
        The great Aircraft are already in the base version, like the DA-62 and TBM, although the number of systems not modelled and switches that don't work leaves a bad taste.

        • Enhanced airports are of course much better than generic stuff. I don't have them though, just the standard version but my point was that it was a heavily skewed comparison.

  • +2

    Tried it and went back to X-Plane 11

    It's nice…. but that's about all.

    Needs more study level aircraft, outside the Cessna all the aircraft are incomplete or missing significant systems and the actual flight modelling itself is average.

    The only real legitimate claim it has currently is the fairly decent terrain being good enough to truly recognise landmarks from.

    On the downside though there were too many thinks missing last i tried it, like the Boulty bridge and Westgate bridge in Melbourne..
    Crude flat representations of them exist, but they really lacked.

    This could be fixed, but it seems that 'scenery packs' are still going to be a thing (already is actually) and getting properly done scenery even with the sat based imagery already in the sim is still going to cost money.

    Given all the above have having tried it I'll be sticking with XP11.

    • Any comment about VR support?
      So far my favourite is IL-2.

      • Much better in X-Plane IMHO. MSFS so far lacks any form of VR controller support, so you'll be using the mouse to click all the switches. In X-Plane the hand controllers are really intuitive, just leave one controller on your lap to use as needed. Performance also a bit better in X-Plane, though of course the graphics aren't really comparable.

  • I've been trying to update my Win 10 Pro rev 17134 to the latest, and it keeps failing. But that apart, anyone know if I can purchase the sim now while it's on special, and just have it on the hard drive to install when I finally get to the latest version of Win 10?

    • That's what I did. Purchased now in my Steam library, haven't downloaded into my hard drive yet. Seems sale on this game is rare, so don't want to miss this opportunity.

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