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Microsoft Flight Simulator's physical release comes on 10 discs

By Tim Augustin - on 16 Jul 2020, 6:24pm

Microsoft Flight Simulator's physical release comes on 10 discs

Image: Aerosoft

Thinking of getting Microsoft Flight Simulator when it launches next month? Well, the physical edition of the game comes with a whopping 10 discs, so good luck with those installation times. The game is absolutely massive in size, so maybe this shouldn’t come as such a surprise. 

Game publisher Aerosoft has struck a deal with Microsoft to ship the flight sim's physical version, and it comes in 10 double-layer DVDs. In a forum post, Aerosoft’s Mathijs Kok explained that the game contains ‘four major parts’, which are:

  1. The simulator code itself (the 'sim') that is around pretty small in size,  this is a mandatory part of the sim.

  2. The world and aircraft delivered by Microsoft, (that content depends on the version (the 'content') that is around 90 GB, this is a mandatory part of the sim.

  3. Optional online streamed content (this is an optional part of the sim).

  4. 3rd party files (clearly fully optional).

Setting aside all the updates Microsoft and developer Asobo might do between the moment the DVDs are created and the game’s release date, these 10 discs will contain, “all of part 2’. That’s around 90 GB of content. Mathijs Kok stressed that the physical edition is the exact same as the digital version. It just gets you, “a nice box, printed manual and about 90 GB you do not have to download.”

That should be good news for everyone with a slow internet connection, eh? Still, 10 discs! I hope you’ve got somewhere to store this thing. Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch on PC on August 18, 2020.