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Microsoft Flight Simulator has a ten disc physical version

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I want to get physical!

The upcoming contender for best horror game of the year (if you suffer from aviophobia like I do), is looking to be a massive game. Dozens upon dozens of aircraft, each one meticulously detailed and requiring skill to operate, are just part of the overall package in a game that features global destinations and the greatest airports in the world that you can take off from. And Cape Town International Aiport as well.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a brand from another era, but it’s one that plenty of fans can’t wait to get their hands on in August. It’ll be out on PC and through Xbox Game Pass, but if you fancy getting a more physical version to play, good news! A properly boxed incarnation will be hitting shelves. Bad news: You’re probably going to throw your back out lifting it, because this behemoth ships on ten discs. Dual-layer DVD discs, to be precise. Also it seems to be a European exclusive for now.

“Aerosoft will bring the two boxed versions of this venerable simulator to customers in Europe,” Aerosoft’s Mathijs Kok wrote in a forum post, detailing how the publisher struck a deal with Microsoft to get down and physical with the game.

MS Flight Simulator

Including 10 (!) double-layer DVDs and a printed manual in a spectacular box, it is an ideal way of entering the new age of flight simulation. The boxed version makes it possible for people on a slower internet connection to get the sim installed without downloading the ‘content’. So the simulator is in every way, 100 per cent the same. The boxed retail version just gets you a nice box, printed manual and about 90GB you do not have to download. There is no difference between boxed retail and the version MS sells directly.

Hang on…does anyone still have a DVD drive in this digital day and age? It’s still a neat idea though, but one that will cost you if you live in the European regions: €69.99 for the standard edition and €129.99 for the premium edition. Factor in shipping via freight train for this massive collection, the kidney belt you’ll need to keep your organs from popping out and the inevitable bill of having a chiropractor quack and crack your joints back into place, and that’s still a hefty pill to swallow.

Don’t worry, I totally know a guy who can adjust your spine professionally in case you do go down this route:

Jokes aside, that’s a properly nostalgic route to take with the rebirth of a classic, and I am all for it.

Last Updated: July 16, 2020


  1. SagatatiaRZA

    July 16, 2020 at 09:13

    Ah man, the memories of strategically installing The Sims and its expansions onto a new a pc. How many wonderful hours wasted.


  2. Iskape

    July 16, 2020 at 09:42

    I so remember the days of physical discs. I still have mine in storage somewhere!


  3. Pofadder

    July 16, 2020 at 11:14

    Darryn, surely you must be joking(Yes I did call you Shirley), I understand that some people are afraid of flying, and I can understand why, but can it really be triggered just by a flight simulator?


    • Original Heretic

      July 16, 2020 at 11:33

      Dude, I share Darryn’s fear of flying.
      Sometimes, the mere thought of being up in an aircraft gives me a little panicky moment.
      Especially if I know I have a flight coming up.
      Even lifts suck for me.


    • The D

      July 16, 2020 at 11:50

      It’s bad dude. I genuinely cannot handle it. Physical or digital, I do not dig it. Digital is naturally easier but I broke into a cold sweat just looking at the trailer.


      • Pofadder

        July 16, 2020 at 12:13

        Eish, I never knew it could be that bad. First person shooters used to make me nauseous very quickly, but I overcame it by playing in short bursts until I started feeling whoosy, and increasing my exposure every time I play. I can now play hours on end. Maybe you can overcome it in the same way if it is something that you want to do. I know nausea and fear isn’t exactly the same thing, but maybe it’s worth a try.


        • Kervyn Cloete

          July 16, 2020 at 15:02

          I don’t think that will work for Darryn. We’ve sent him flying all over the world – A LOT – and it hasn’t reduced his fear one bit.


  4. Morne Nell

    July 16, 2020 at 14:42

    This reminds me of my first stiffy collection, think it was WordPerfect for DOS, 2 boxes of stiffys


    • Kervyn Cloete

      July 16, 2020 at 15:02

      There’s an easy joke there, but I’m too classy a fellow to make it.


  5. DrTeeth

    August 25, 2020 at 18:43

    Beware! With the physical disk set you have to insert disk 1 to play the sim! That will bring back memories for you all!


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