Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 System Requirements: Do You Need to Upgrade?

To run at full spec, you need some serious hardware!

Over the past six months, we’ve seen Alpha testing for Microsoft Flight Simulator, we’ve seen an impressive round of screenshots, and we’ve even gotten a look inside a plane’s cockpit. Now, we’ve finally learned what it’s going to take for your computer to actually run this magnificent-looking game and, let’s just says that all those amazing graphics don’t come cheap.

As you’ll see from the specs list below, even running at minimum takes some fairly serious hardware, and if you want the best of what the game offers, you’ll even need pretty fast internet too. Remember, the game promises live weather data, some 37,000 real-world airports, real-time air traffic, and a picture-perfect recreation of earth down to the finest detail.  Despite the high levels of detail and sheer size of the game, you’ll only need 150 GB of storage space. Yeah, that’s a lot, but given what we’re expecting it’s not bad considering Red Dead Redemption 2 requires the same.

Microsoft Flight Simulator System Requirements

MinimumRecommendedIdeal
CPURyzen 3 1200/Intel i5-4460Ryzen 5 1500K/Intel i5-8400Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X/Intel i7-5800X
GPURadeon RX 570/NVIDIA GTX 770Radeon RX 590/NVIDIA GTX 970Radeon VII/NVIDIA RTX 2080
VRAM2GB4GB8GB
RAM8GB16GB32GB
HDD150GB150GB150 GB SSD
OSWindows 10 Nov 2019 UpdateWindows 10 Nov 2019 UpdateWindows 10 Nov 2019 Update
Internet Bandwidth5 Mbps20 Mbps50 Mbps
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As of now, we still have no official word on exactly when Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch, but we’ve heard no word about any delay, so it should still be coming sometime in 2020. Stay tuned for updates!

SourceMicrosoft

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