Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) for PC is getting VR headset support sometime around the launch of HP’s upcoming PC VR headset, the HP Reverb G2. Although we still don’t know when, developers Asobo now say VR support is heading into closed beta testing soon.

As first reported by EurogamerMicrosoft Flight Simulator is expected to head into closed beta sometime in late October or early November.

Interestingly, project lead Jörg Neumann says in a developer Q&A video that beta testers with a Windows VR headset will be the first allowed in, with other PC VR headsets added as the closed beta continues into its second phase.

To be considered, you have to own Microsoft Flight Simulator, be a registered Windows Insider, submit your DxDiag, and agree to a non-disclosure agreement.

Microsoft’s Windows Insiders program includes short surveys, access to private forums, and weekly newsletters—all of which is designed to help developers obtain user feedback. You can sign up for your chance to become a beta tester here.

The studio also says their next World Update, which follows their Japan Update, will include the United States. That update is said to arrive sometime later this year.

Minimum Specs (closed beta)

  • OS: Windows 10 (November 2019 Update – 1909)
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • CPU: i5-8400/Ryzen 5 1500X
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 or equivalent
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HDD: 150 GB
  • Bandwidth: 5 Mbps

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  • Harris

    GTX 1070, you have served me well…

  • JesuSaveSouls

    At least it’s a beginning.Lot of stuff required to get in and you need a wmr.At least it’s something.

  • xyzs

    When looking at Gran Turismo 7 trailer, cockpits details are 10x better.
    Even the latest DCS A10-C II Tank killer cockpit blows MSFS in term of graphics.
    I think Asobo needs to do a remake of their cockpit because current ones are not next gen at all, and if it feels ugly in flat, then it will in VR. Instruments are in general fine and quite well detailed but the cabins are made of low poly and bad textures. And in some models it is dangerously close to crappy even.

    Example of horrible graphics (and it’s valid for almost all cockpits) :

  • There are only 23 conditions to fulfill, not bad at all

  • david vincent

    “Minimum specs : GTX 1080”
    More like GTX 2080ti… (Even if the game is quite well optimized)

  • Raphael

    I can’t believe how ugly the game is outside of VR. I installed it and have done a few test flights. The scenery looks amazing but everything looks so flat and lifeless without VR currently. The cockpit instruments obscure the view. I’m not a fan of track-IR either (was ok back the days before VR but I couldn’t go back to that setup). I’m currently renting FS2020 on a monthly eggbox subscription but when the full VR launches I will buy the sim.

    • jack thoms

      bruh evrything looks fine unless you dont change the graphics setting for example if you go into general you can set buildings to ultra high medium or low settings depending on your specs its probably because you dont have a good graphics card or proccesor i mean i us use a gtx 3080 but still its not the game its the player and how the settings are configured so i dont want to be mean but your veery very wrong if you actually want the game to be in 3d make sure your settings are configured well its not the game its you or your computer ok