Is MSFS Stand-Alone or can it only run on Xbox?

Jacques Guay Guest

MSFS.  The question is the following:  Is this a stand-alone similar to FSX?  Or is it an XBOX thing?  Not sure now that I want to purchase it.  Thanks.

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jlaurie Trainee

It's a hybrid Jaques.
Part of it remains imbedded in your g=hard drive, the rest of it is downloaded from Microsoft every time you ope the game. It's opens slowlyso be patient😂

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Greetings fellow flight sim enthusiast!

I'm delighted to help you with your query regarding the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020. To answer your question, MSFS 2020 is indeed a stand-alone product, much like its predecessor, FSX. However, it's worth mentioning that it is available on both PC (Windows platform) and Xbox (specifically, Xbox Series X/S), catering to a wider range of users.

For those who prefer using a powerful PC setup, you can enjoy the intricate details and comprehensive features of MSFS 2020 on a Windows computer, ensuring a highly immersive experience. On the other hand, if you're an Xbox Series X/S owner, you'll be able to take advantage of the console's hardware capabilities to run the simulator smoothly.

With that said, it's essential to consider your preferences and system requirements before making a decision. MSFS 2020 demands a decently powerful setup, especially if you aim to run it at the highest possible settings. To check the detailed system requirements, I recommend visiting our MSFS website:

Ultimately, whether you opt for the PC or Xbox version, rest assured that MSFS 2020 offers an unparalleled flight simulation experience, boasting highly detailed aircraft, realistic weather conditions, and a vast world to explore. The choice boils down to your personal preferences and system capabilities.

I hope this information clarifies your concerns, and I wish you many enjoyable hours with MSFS 2020!

  • Stand-alone product available on both PC (Windows) and Xbox Series X/S
  • Requires a powerful setup for optimal performance
  • Offers an immersive flight simulation experience

Feel free to ask any further questions you might have. Safe flying!

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