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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 uses streaming satellite data to allow you to fly anywhere in the world, including taking off and landing at over 40,000 airports

Microsoft held a Global Preview Event on September 19 and 20 for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it's been NDA'd until today. Here's the official blog post, which doesn't say much itself, but there are a ton of detailed impressions articles and videos all over the internet today.

The major revelation is that they're using satellite data from Bing Maps and combining it with procedural generation and some other data sources (such as the ability to use live weather data) to make it so you can fly anywhere in the world and it will look extremely realistic. Being able to do this in Google Earth is already very cool (especially in VR), and this should be even better.

Here are a few of the articles - a lot of them have incredibly stupid titles because that's how internet journalism works now, so I'm just going to link with the site's name:

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    hungariantoast
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    Well, that is really neato. I'd love to get my PPL one day, but I don't have ten thousand dollars to throw around for a license, or another forty for a plane, so this looks like the next best...

    Well, that is really neato.

    I'd love to get my PPL one day, but I don't have ten thousand dollars to throw around for a license, or another forty for a plane, so this looks like the next best thing.

    Yeah, I can't say I've been super interested in VR, or flight simulators, until now, but this has really piqued my interest.

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    1. Deimos
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      It sounds like VR won't be available at launch, but hopefully they'll be able to add it eventually. It would be great for it, but VR also requires maintaining a very high framerate and if the game...

      It sounds like VR won't be available at launch, but hopefully they'll be able to add it eventually. It would be great for it, but VR also requires maintaining a very high framerate and if the game "hitches" at all it causes motion-sickness, so that might be difficult for them to avoid if it's constantly streaming in a ton of data.

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