You can now sign up to test Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR

You can now sign up to test Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR
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You can now sign up to test Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR

Now you can signal as much as take a look at Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR

The brand new Microsoft Flight Simulator is an immersive beast of a PC recreation, and we will solely think about how immersive it would get in VR — however you may not should think about for much longer, as a result of Microsoft has simply opened signups (by way of Eurogamer) for a closed beta of the digital actuality expertise.

There are fairly a couple of necessities if you wish to be thought-about, although. Not solely do you must personal the sport, have a Home windows Blended Actuality headset, be a registered Microsoft Flight Simulator “Insider” and signal an NDA, you’ll want a barely beefier PC than the bottom recreation — with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or higher sporting 8GB of VRAM, in addition to 16GB of system reminiscence.

And, you’ll must show your PC qualifies by submitting your DxDiag (press your Home windows begin button, sort “dxdiag”, hit Enter) so Microsoft can affirm these specs and that your system isn’t susceptible to BSODs or different main system errors.

(The DxDiag file is principally simply a listing of your system, however it does additionally checklist latest utility crashes.)

Intriguingly, it doesn’t seem like you’ll want the HP Reverb G2, the particular headset that Microsoft initially mentioned would get first dibs on the sport. Any Home windows Blended Actuality headset will apparently do to begin, which ought to be neat for individuals who bought deep reductions on gadgets just like the Lenovo Explorer and Samsung Odyssey over the previous couple of years.

The corporate isn’t saying when the closed beta will start, however it had beforehand promised a free VR replace this fall, so it in all probability received’t be lengthy. Should you’ve bought an Oculus, HTC, or different VR headset, there’ll be a second wave of closed beta for different units as nicely.

It’s not shocking Microsoft would possibly need to be cautious with the VR rollout, as a result of the sport initially tended to eat highly effective gaming PCs for lunch. Even our Nvidia RTX 3080 wasn’t sufficient to run it at full bore, partly as a result of we hadn’t paired it with a quick sufficient CPU. That mentioned, we’ve seen some framerate enchancment in latest updates, so maybe VR received’t be an amazing stretch this vacation. And perhaps it’ll offer you extra time to discover a flight stick.

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