In a forum post from the official retail partner for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Aerosoft, administrator Mathijs Kok wrote that the physical edition will include “10 (!) double-layer DVD’s and a printed manual in a spectacular box,” to help usher fans into “the new age of flight simulation.”
Kok later clarified that the 10 discs contain roughly 90 GB of the game’s “world and aircraft,” which constitute the bulk of the game’s assets, with the actual simulator code being “pretty small in size.”
This means that fans with a slower internet connection can install Microsoft Flight Simulator without downloading the files from Microsoft’s servers. According to Kok, there is “no difference between boxed retail and the version MS sells directly.” This is great news for the Microsoft Flight Simulator fans who don’t have access to solid internet, but it’s still quite the novelty to see a game arrive on so many discs in 2020, when digital downloads are only growing in popularity.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s release date was recently revealed, with the game launching on August 18th for Xbox One and PC. The physical edition will begin shipping shortly after the game’s release, from around August 21. You can check out all the details on the three different editions of the game here.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN, who doesn’t have a disc drive any more. Follow him on Twitter.