In time for the Christmas season, the developer of the Microsoft Flight Simulator released the VR update that had been announced long before at the end of December 2020. Accordingly, with patch 18.104.22.168, the game now officially supports a range of head-mounted displays.
We have summarized the most important questions and answers about the VR version for you here. You can find the full patch notes on page 2. If you still need a few upgrade tips for your PC to be able to play Flight Simulator in UHD, you should take a look at our upgrade guide:
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The most important information about the VR version
In a FAQ the studio has compiled the most important information about the VR version and answered numerous frequently asked questions. Before you start, you should definitely get yours Update graphics card driver.
Which headsets are supported?
With these VR headsets you can now sit in the virtual cockpit and fly to anywhere in the world:
- Windows Mixed Reality
- Valve Index
How do I start VR mode?
If your headset is connected to the PC, you can activate VR mode at any time with the key combination CTRL + TAB.
How does the control work?
Nothing changes in the controls of your aircraft. Control with the motion controllers of the VR headsets is not supported.
What brings better performance?
Should you run into performance problems, you can turn down the render scaling. This has the greatest impact on your frame rate. Reducing the traffic settings can also be worthwhile.
You can find out more about the system requirements for the VR update in our own FAQ on the beta version of the feature.
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What else is in the update?
Even if you don’t want to make use of the new VR options, the update has it new content for you. Among other things, there is now real-time snow and ice cover based on the real world.
You can read even more exciting information as well as tips and tricks in our GameStar Flight Simulator special issue:
There are also two new training missions and a landing challenge for the Airbus A320neo. Alpha and beta testers also receive a special skin for all 30 available aircraft. The full patch notes can be found on the second page of the news.