Microsoft Flight Simulator is a popular series of flight simulation programs, and popular competitors include X-Plane and FlightGear, which is a free program. These programs replicate the actual physics of a wide range of airplanes, jets and other flying machines.Continue Reading
Microsoft Flight Simulator was first released in 1983. Through the years, developers updated the program to support better hardware and provide a more thorough experience. In 2006, Microsoft announced that it would cease production of the series; however, in 2014, Microsoft released a version of Flight Simulator X for the Steam gaming store.
X-Plane was first released in 1993 for the Apple Macintosh platform. In addition to the flight simulator, X-Plane also includes tools for designing aircraft and airfoils. The game also supports helicopters and other types of aircraft that don't use fixed wings. X-Plane's DVD comes with 22 aircraft, and its community allows users to share their own aircraft designs with other players.
FlightGear began development in 1996 to serve as a free and open-source competitor to proprietary flight simulation programs. Although the base package contains a relatively small number of aircraft and limited scenery, FlightGear's large collection of software allows users to download more than 230 aircraft and large sections of land to fly over.Learn more about Video & Online Games