Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets Xbox Patch; Airbus A220 and Boeing 737 Classic development updates; Announcement of Beijing Capital and Maun Airports
Today, Microsoft and third-party developers had some exciting news to share about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its add-ons.
We’re starting with the Xbox (and XboxCloud Gaming) version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which has been updated to version 184.108.40.206 to address startup crashes introduced with the latest SIM update.
Those still experiencing the crashes are advised to try the workaround described here.
This version will not be deployed on the PC version.
Moving on to third-party efforts, we get a development update for the free Airbus A220 software from Synaptic Simulations.
Specifically, we will take a look at the synoptic pages included in the aircraft avionics.
Today I’m proud to help showcase the full range of synoptic pages found on the actual aircraft – now replicated to be functional on the A22X. Everything shown below has been recreated by the programming team using accurate reference hardware, and we look forward to showing them working in simulation with backend systems.
You can follow the development progress of the aircraft on the developer discord server.
Next, we move on to Classic Simulation, which is the recent rebranding of TopKit Simulations. The developer shared the progress of its 737-400, including images and videos of the 3D modeling.
We also learn that while the -400 will go first and remain freeware, the -300 and -500 will be paid software to provide funds to improve the quality of all versions.
We also learn that all models will have both passenger and freight versions, while the -300 and -400 will also include a combi.
As we recently started the first phases of the rebranding, we promised a new development update. In this update, we can confidently say what we’re aiming for. As you can see with your own eyes, we have been hard at work on the cockpit and exterior models for the base 737-400 set. We can now confirm that we will have 2 paid variants and 1 free variant of the 737CL project. The classic 737 base package will be the Boeing 737-400 model, this has always been and remains freeware. The additional option you can have is the 737 Classic Expansion Package will be optional and not required to enjoy the full extent of the 737-400. The reason we made this change is to have funds to invest in future updates and a better overall image of the company as a whole. with the revenue generated from this package, we can contribute things such as professional sound packages over our own developed sounds and cover external costs such as our website. We hope this news will be well received by our existing users.
So to go into more detail on what you can now see we have included two videos (links below) and 7 images, these images show updates to the existing 3D model with changes to our front end, taken APU, Aircraft Belly, Main Equipment, MIP Area, Air Area and Yoke. We advanced further on the 3D model to ensure the best possible quality. That said, the update is now considered complete, as the progress can be seen in the images below.
You can follow the progress of the aircraft on the developer’s site discord server.
WF Scenery Studio, known for its high quality Chinese airports, announcement that it will liberate Beijing International Airport (ZBAA). That being said, it was mentioned on the developer Weibo page that it will take time.
As one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world, it will probably be worth the wait. At this time, images of the MSFS version of the airport have not been shared.
We also received an announcement from SimWorks Studios, which will create Maun Airport (FBMN) in Botswana. As the main gateway to the Okavango Delta region, it hosts a good amount of air traffic and many charter flights.
Of course, it will work as the perfect complement for the developer’s Okavango Delta landscape, which will also be updated for free at the same time with ten additional airstrips and new camps.
You can see a single rendering below.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S.