From its former installation size of 170 GB, the 126.96.36.199 Update on Microsoft Flight Simulator now makes the game downloadable at a far lighter 83 GB of space.
The now available Microsoft Flight Simulator 188.8.131.52 Update comes not only with a relieving bunch of fixes, but also a much more compact download size that requires only a half of the space its previous versions required.
Microsoft has not given any specific details as to what measures it took to squeeze its complex simulation game into such a drastically lowered size, and stated only that the company “performed some optimization for the initial full download of the title”.
GamesRadar notes that from a rather painful 150+ GB of storage, Microsoft Flight Simulator can now be installed at an impressively downsized 83 GB, and that is essentially a little more than half of what it used to take up.
Additionally, those at PC Gamer have gathered that the game’s upfront download on Steam is now reduced to 700 MB, to which an extra 81 GB will then be added once the launcher starts to run.
Good news for gamers stingy on space
Microsoft Flight Simulator isn’t the first to make radical changes to its initial game download size; developers of Fortnite, for example, quite recently managed to downsize the game by 60 GB, while Call of Duty: Warzone exercised the same by 10.9 GB and 14.2 GB.
Dedicated gamers understand the irk of large download sizes, which is why fans of these games whose developers have been making applaudable efforts to lighten in terms of space-requirement are in for a pleasant surprise.
Coming to consoles
Microsoft Flight Simulator was granted a spot in The World Video Game Hall of Fame quite recently, right next to a handful of other beloved games such as Starcraft, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, and Animal Crossing.
Apparently, it was with “the advice of journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society” that the museum based its final selection on.
When Microsoft Flight Simulator was launched in September of last year, its development team jumped back to work almost immediately to bring in Japanese locations before its VR support’s set release date in December 2020.
With that said, it’s evident that the game’s dev team has long been working hard on every single one of its post-launch updates. A new one to look out for, however, will be the exciting fact that Microsoft Flight Simulator is finally going to be made compatible with consoles later on in the summer of 2021 as it paves its way to Xbox Series X.
Though it is unclear just how developers make it possible to compress such elaborate games into these compact sizes, and while it’s hard to believe that every other large-sized game out there will be able to follow suit in time, what Microsoft Flight Simulator has just accomplished will hopefully set something off in the industry. Enjoy this game when it finally comes to consoles on an Xbox Series X, or simply organize your present setup on a CubiCubi L-Shaped Desk Computer.