Graphics on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator left Phil Spencer Stunned

Microsoft’s Flight Simulator has left many people stunned. Even Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer was as amazed and astounded by the end product as the rest of us when he first saw the game in action for the first time.

Phil Spencer didn’t think Microsoft Flight Simulator would run in real time the first time he saw it, he told Jorg Neumann, head of the Asobo Studio development team, who worked on this ambitious project.

When Neumann showed Microsoft Flight Simulator to Spencer, the two of them immediately saw the game’s potential thanks to the recent upgrade celebrating the franchise’s 40th anniversary. However, the reaction from Spencer wasn’t something anyone was expecting. 

When asked about Spencer’s reaction, Neumann told VGC, “none of the guys in that room were simmered, and they all felt something.”

When I first pitched this, the very first demo I gave to Phil [Spencer] was Seattle in 3D,’ he said. I flew over to Microsoft Campus – literally the building we were sitting in – and he asked, “Why are you showing me a video of Seattle?” That’s when I realized I had him. He continued: “Then I said, ‘this is real time and he responded, ‘no fucking way’ [laughs], and we knew we had something. There weren’t any simmers in the room, yet everyone there experienced it.”

Phil’s reaction reveals a lot about Microsoft’s progress; with the proper team, the company may be on track to produce some of the industry’s finest games. This year, Microsoft’s lack of intent was evident, and The Game Awards reflected that reality by nominating only one Microsoft-published title.

40th Anniversary Update 

In celebration of Microsoft Flight Simulator’s 40th anniversary, the company has released an update that allows users to fly helicopters and gliders. The update also includes fan-favorite airports and classic missions. The free update is part of Xbox Game Pass, and it brings with it a number of historically significant planes like the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Lewis, and the Hughes H-4 Hercules ‘Spruce Goose.

Also incorporated are several famous airports and aircraft from prior games like Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006) and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. As part of the upgrade, old game missions were also included.


Farhan Ali

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