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  #558807 16-Dec-2011 20:13
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Dec. 15th update:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/#news-audio_philosophy

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  #565038 5-Jan-2012 21:52
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Just received the beta testers' e-mail! Now downloading the beta version of the game. 1GB large. Exciting times:)

 
 
 
 




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  #565080 5-Jan-2012 23:04
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heavenlywild: Just received the beta testers' e-mail! Now downloading the beta version of the game. 1GB large. Exciting times:)

Same here. Unfortunately unable to download it at the moment, but will do the moment I can.
Can't wait.

Interestingly, it seems as thought the whole game might be free to download when it is officially released. And then a virtual store for small add-ons. I'm not sure how I feel about that concept. We'll see. 

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  #565153 6-Jan-2012 07:41
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dontpanic42:
heavenlywild: Just received the beta testers' e-mail! Now downloading the beta version of the game. 1GB large. Exciting times:)

Same here. Unfortunately unable to download it at the moment, but will do the moment I can.
Can't wait.

Interestingly, it seems as thought the whole game might be free to download when it is officially released. And then a virtual store for small add-ons. I'm not sure how I feel about that concept. We'll see. 


That's the only downer at the moment, having to purchase add-ons that should essentially be part of the game.

I have given it a go for 10 minutes and I must say I am very impressed. Wow, with graphics set to high, the frame rates are amazingly smooth! You only get to fly around Hawaii with this beta version. I get the feeling that you no longer need expensive machines to run this game. My computer hardly broke a sweat - while FSX causes the fan to speed up immensely. 

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  #565255 6-Jan-2012 10:34
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I got accepted as a BETA tester early last night, wierdly when I click on the Download link it just says page not found...




 

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  #565256 6-Jan-2012 10:34
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I got accepted as a BETA tester early last night, wierdly when I click on the Download link it just says page not found...




 

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  #565258 6-Jan-2012 10:36
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brandonruscoe: I got accepted as a BETA tester early last night, wierdly when I click on the Download link it just says page not found...


It's a little clunky. I had to copy that link, and paste it on the Connect page (where I am logged in) for it to work. 

 
 
 
 


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  #565264 6-Jan-2012 10:44
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heavenlywild:
brandonruscoe: I got accepted as a BETA tester early last night, wierdly when I click on the Download link it just says page not found...


It's a little clunky. I had to copy that link, and paste it on the Connect page (where I am logged in) for it to work. 


Interesting, I'm all logged in, even tried in in IE9 (ARGH!)  same thing, just saying page not found.  
I made sure I was logged in but still says the same thing. 




 

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  #573478 26-Jan-2012 10:25
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OK after having reviewed the beta, here's my initial impressions:

Pros -
  • Amazing graphics and sounds
  • Better utilisation of modern CPUs and GPUs
  • You can really max out the settings without much trouble (i5 / 6870) 
Cons -
  • It's made into an arcade game
  • It's made as an arcade game
  • It's an arcade game 
Great potential but from what I have read, the world regions are not interconnected. If this is the case, it's a huge let down.

I seriously hope they do give us the "open world" option to fly wherever and however we want. Otherwise, we are back to the drawing board for us simulator fans, FSX.

Tried out X-Plane 10 - even better graphics than Microsoft Flight but the default world scenery and airports are severely lacking (read: 99% of the airport buildings don't exist).

 



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  #579837 10-Feb-2012 16:06
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Microsoft Flight has a release date - 29th February!!

http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/#news-flight_launch



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  #588306 29-Feb-2012 13:39
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I would imagine Microsoft Flight will be released at a similar time to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which is being released at 3AM March 1st NZ time.

Does anyone have any insider info as to when it will officially be released?

If it does coincide with the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I'd imagine Microsoft's servers will probably take a fair hammering.

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  #588326 29-Feb-2012 14:06
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Looks like its available now: https://www.microsoftflight.com/

Am at work so cannot download to verify...but definitely got a "download and play now" link.



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  #588337 29-Feb-2012 14:13
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nzkc: Looks like its available now: https://www.microsoftflight.com/

Am at work so cannot download to verify...but definitely got a "download and play now" link.


Interesting. That link, however, is throwing up an SSL Error for me in Chrome.
I'm not sure that I trust that.

EDIT: I would imagine something official should appear here when it is ready to go.

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  #588354 29-Feb-2012 14:37
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dontpanic42:
nzkc: Looks like its available now: https://www.microsoftflight.com/

Am at work so cannot download to verify...but definitely got a "download and play now" link.


Interesting. That link, however, is throwing up an SSL Error for me in Chrome.
I'm not sure that I trust that.

EDIT: I would imagine something official should appear here when it is ready to go.


I get the SSL error as well but went ahead with the download, it is 1.5GB.
getting fairly decent speed so should have it up and running by tonight.
 

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  #588357 29-Feb-2012 14:48
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it looks like you get Hawaii to fly around for free , and you pay for other places if you want to, this from the download page

The sky's the limit! Now anyone can enjoy the fun, freedom and adventure of flight. Feel the power at your fingertips as you take to the skies and launch into thrilling missions and exciting challenges over the free-to-play Big Island of Hawaii. Take off today and fly into the ever-expanding world of Microsoft Flight.*

*Broadband internet required; service fees apply. Premium content available.




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