Microsoft Flight Simulator Nintendo Switch: THOUSANDS of airports, Switch release, Xbox, PC, Next-gen, March Update, New Screenshots & more


Microsoft Flight Simulator is set to release later this year on PC and Xbox, and if the footage from the Alpha testing is anything to go by, one of the most immersive and impressive games of the year.

There is also talk of a later release date on Microsoft’s next-gen console, the Xbox Series X.

However, with ground-breaking cosoles like the Nintendo Switch, more and more developers are looking to release their games across different platforms.

Accessibility is the name of the game, and we've seen some great titles already make their way on the Switch, so will Microsoft follow suit with Flight Simulator?

Let's take a look at what the game has to offer, and what other Flight Simulators have come up against when released on Switch.

Current Simulators on the Switch

The Switch is a smaller more portable version of current consoles. This means they don’t have the same hardware capabilities as the Xbox and PlayStation.

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ISLAND FLIGHT - As you can see, current simulatorsstruggle to please on the Switch.

The current simulators on the Switch, don’t have the best graphics or gameplay.

Because of this, Flight Simulators get a pretty bad rap. It is possible Microsoft flight Simulator could change the game for the Switch, but it would have to be very well optimised to run on the smaller system.

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However, graphics aren’t everything, with a small downgrade, the core gameplay would still be able to keep fans interested without the need to the breath-taking scenery.

Incredible amount of airports

'The devil is the detail' must be the motto of anyone working on Flight Simulator as it is quite frankly mind-blowing as to how true to life they make their games.

One way they're continuing this tradition is by making a whopping 37,000 airports in game!

To honour the team's detail-orientated approach, we've listed some of the airports we think you'd enjoy (as they're the busiest!)

Flight Simulator 2020 airports

Airport  
Location
Country
United States Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
China Beijing Capital International Airport
Chaoyang-Shunyi, Beijing
China
United States Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, California
United States
Japan Tokyo Haneda Airport
Ota, Tokyo
Japan
United Arab Emirates Dubai International Airport
Garhoud, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
United States O'Hare International Airport
Chicago, Illinois
United States
United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport
Hillingdon, London
United Kingdom
China Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Pudong, Shanghai
China
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Chek Lap Kok, Islands, New Territories
Hong Kong SAR, China
France Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Roissy-en-France, Île-de-France
France
United States Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
United States
China Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Baiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong
China
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport
Incheon
Republic of Korea
Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Haarlemmermeer, North Holland
The Netherlands
Germany Frankfurt Airport
Frankfurt, Hesse
Germany
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Changi, East Region
Singapore
Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
Thailand
United States Denver International Airport
Denver, Colorado
United States
India Indira Gandhi International Airport
Delhi
India
Indonesia Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
Tangerang, Banten
Indonesia
United States John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens, New York, New York
United States
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Sepang, Selangor
Malaysia
Spain Madrid Barajas Airport
Barajas, Madrid
Spain
United States San Francisco International Airport
San Mateo County, California
United States
China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Shuangliu-Wuhou, Chengdu, Sichuan
China
China Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Bao'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong
China
United States Orlando International Airport
Orlando, Florida
United States
United States McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
Spain Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Barcelona
Spain
Canada Toronto Pearson International Airport
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

The Future of Switch

The Switch is currently the biggest portable console on the market.

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BETTER THAN THE REST - The Switch quickly became one of thefastest-selling consoles of all time.

Nintendo has created a great console for portability and playing with a group. When considering the Flight Simulator, Portability is something it’s lacking. But sociability isn’t something that’s necessary or a selling point of the game.

In the future, we are likely to see potential models of the Switch become smaller and smaller and have greater hardware for games like Flight Simulator to run on.

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For now, we will, unfortunately, have to make compromises in some areas.

Will it come to Switch?

The likelihood of seeing the simulator come to Switch is low, but not zero.

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BEAUTY IN NATURE - Microsoft Flight simulator is set to release later this year!

As mentioned before, developers are always looking to expand their horizons and one great way to do this is to target as many platforms as possible.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Microsoft are wanting to sell the Flight Simulator outside of the Microsoft Store.

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But there is a possibility we’ll see other, more expansive simulators on the Switch in the future.

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