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12 Apr 2020

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

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 land on the PC and Xbox this year, but will it come to Switch?

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Current Simulators on the Switch

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Incredible amount of airports

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Flight Simulator 2020 airports

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The Future of Switch

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Will it come to Switch?

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.

island flight simulator

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.

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 AirportAtlanta, GeorgiaUnited States
China Beijing Capital International AirportChaoyang-Shunyi, BeijingChina
United States Los Angeles International AirportLos Angeles, CaliforniaUnited States
Japan Tokyo Haneda AirportOta, TokyoJapan
United Arab Emirates Dubai International AirportGarhoud, DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
United States O'Hare International AirportChicago, IllinoisUnited States
United Kingdom London Heathrow AirportHillingdon, LondonUnited Kingdom
China Shanghai Pudong International AirportPudong, ShanghaiChina
Hong Kong Hong Kong International AirportChek Lap Kok, Islands, New TerritoriesHong Kong SAR, China
France Paris-Charles de Gaulle AirportRoissy-en-France, Île-de-FranceFrance
United States Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportDallas-Fort Worth, TexasUnited States
China Guangzhou Baiyun International AirportBaiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, GuangdongChina
South Korea Seoul Incheon International AirportIncheonRepublic of Korea
Netherlands Amsterdam Airport SchipholHaarlemmermeer, North HollandThe Netherlands
Germany Frankfurt AirportFrankfurt, HesseGermany
Singapore Singapore Changi AirportChangi, East RegionSingapore
Thailand Suvarnabhumi AirportBang Phli, Samut PrakanThailand
United States Denver International AirportDenver, ColoradoUnited States
India Indira Gandhi International AirportDelhiIndia
Indonesia Soekarno–Hatta International AirportTangerang, BantenIndonesia
United States John F. Kennedy International AirportQueens, New York, New YorkUnited States
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International AirportSepang, SelangorMalaysia
Spain Madrid Barajas AirportBarajas, MadridSpain
United States San Francisco International AirportSan Mateo County, CaliforniaUnited States
China Chengdu Shuangliu International AirportShuangliu-Wuhou, Chengdu, SichuanChina
China Shenzhen Bao'an International AirportBao'an, Shenzhen, GuangdongChina
United States Orlando International AirportOrlando, FloridaUnited States
United States McCarran International AirportLas Vegas, NevadaUnited States
Spain Barcelona–El Prat AirportBarcelonaSpain
Canada Toronto Pearson International AirportMississauga, OntarioCanada

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.

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.

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