Microsoft Flight uses more than 1,000 photos to build virtual planes

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Microsoft Flight uses more than 1,000 photos to build virtual planes

A new version of the decades-old flight simulator arrives this month, bringing its trademark obsession with detail to PCs.

We suppose it's nice to know that if flight simulators are your thing, that the plane you're flying is closely modeled on the real thing.

So it's with interest that we read that game designers snapped 700-800 photos of the exterior of some planes and another 400-500 of the interiors in trying to make the on-screen versions as accurate as possible.

The new game, Microsoft Flight, will be free to download on February 29. The series is truly a veteran of the gaming world and PC software in general - the program that eventually become the first version of Microsoft Flight Simulator was created in the late 1970s.

As well as the graphics, the sounds of switches and motors are taken from actual aircraft - you can listen to the sound of soft and hard landings on the Microsoft site. The detail extends to the stickers, chrome, and rubber on the tyre.

While the game is free to download, you'll need to purchase things like certain planes and mission packs.

There's a bit of talk in the promotional material about how you don't need to use a keyboard or joystick (but you can if you like), so it will be interesting to see how the purists find it.

Also read: our review of Microsoft Flight Simulator X

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