The most anticipated game of the year just keeps getting better and better. With each new video and snippet of information, the team at Asobo Studio expertly whet the appetite for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Its hard to argue that the game will be anything but a visual masterpiece! Bring it on.
YouTube Channel Q8Pilot is obviously as excited as the rest of us, because they have taken the time to produce a stunning video that showcases the beauty of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. All the footage is from the publicly available MSFS 2020 feature discovery series, but Q8Pilot has cut it together in a way that leaves me wiping the drool from my keyboard.
THRUSTMASTER TCA Officer Pack Airbus Addition
Thankfully, my drool-saturated keyboard won’t be a problem come take-off time… At least not if Thrustmaster have anything to do with it. They recently announced the launch of the THRUSTMASTER TCA (Thrustmaster Civil TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition) product range, officially licenced by Airbus.
If the TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition’s performance is as good as it looks, then Flight Simulator fans have good reason to be excited. The Sidestick is designed for flawless integration into Microsoft Flight Simulator and is an ergonomic replica of the Airbus sidestick (A320/A320neo type) at a 1:1 scale. With the amount of effort that has gone into making Microsoft Flight Simulator look as real as possible, it’s thrilling to see just as much care put into creating the perfect accompanying peripherals!
12 remappable action buttons and a modular design allow for an impressive level of customisation and ensure the Sidestick will be useful in a range of games beyond Microsoft Flight Simulator. With Star Wars: Squadrons due for release on October, I’m quite enjoying the idea of piloting an Airbus-built X-Wing!
As the perfect companion to the TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition, THRUSTMASTER are also releasing the TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition. This is an additional product that is sold separately, but anyone looking to create the ultimate Flight Simulator rig will naturally pick one up.
This peripheral replicates the real air brake, flaps, autobrake and parking brake features found on Airbus airliners such as the A320.
If ultimate realism is the name of your game, then hold onto your hats – two of these TCA Quadrant controls can be linked together for controlling 4-engine aircraft. I suddenly have a burning desire to land an A380 at Kingsford-Smith airport… (as long as it makes the cut).
Microsoft Flight Simulator Specifications
Back in April Microsoft released the minimum, recommend and ideal specifications for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Now is a great time to get your PC flight-ready, so have a look at these and consider what level of performance you are after. For me, I’m aiming just shy of the ideal specifications and I can’t wait to put my PNY XLR8 RTX2070 Super and 32GB RAM to the test! (not to mention, fill up a small chunk of my PNY SSD).
Frankly, I’ve never seen a better reason to make some upgrades. This game is going to be a feast for the eyes and you’d want to enjoy it in all it’s glory!
- Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz / AMD Ryzen R3 1200
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB
- VRAM: 2GB
- RAM: 8 GB RAM
- Storage: 150 GB Hard drive space
- DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card
- Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8GHz / AMD Ryzen R5 1500X
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB or AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB
- VRAM: 4GB
- RAM: 16 GB RAM
- Storage: 150 GB Hard drive space
- Bandwidth: 25 Mbps
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz
- Graphics: PNY GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition
- VRAM: 8GB
- RAM: 32GB XLR8 DDR4 3200MHz
- Storage: 500GB XLR8 CS2311 SSD
- Bandwidth: 50 Mbps Telstra NBN