Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta goes live, now includes TrackIR support

Microsoft's new Flight Simulator no longer sports an alpha tag, as the title has now officially entered the closed beta stage. Those who have participated in the alpha testing stage received early access to the beta earlier this month, but now, newly invited players can also join in on the beta festivities.

As part of the new 1.6.13 closed beta build, Flight Simulator now has support for the head motion tracking solution TrackIR. The tracking can be utilized in the hangar menu plus in-flight cockpit and chase cameras.

Aside from that, nine new aircraft, three bush trips, four flight training tutorials, and 22 landing challenges have been implemented as well. More information on these trips and challenge additions can be found on the announcement page. Here are the new aircraft available now in the closed beta:

  • Aviat Pitts Special S2S
  • Extra 330LT
  • Flight Design CTSL
  • Icon A5
  • JMB Aircraft VL-3
  • Robin Cap10
  • Zlin Aviation Savage Cub
  • Textron Aviation Beechcraft King Air 350i
  • Textron Aviation Cessna Citation CJ4

Flight Simulator will launch on August 18 via the Microsoft Store for Windows 10, with multiple editions available for purchase. The game will also be available on the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription. A physical edition is headed to Europe as well, which will come with 10 dual-layered DVDs plus a manual.

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