Microsoft Flight Simulator launched in August seeing a positive reception with over 1 million players by the start of September. When it comes to virtual reality (VR) compatibility it’s already been confirmed that the HP Reverb G2 will support the title but no other headsets. Now a new signup page has gone live looking for VR beta testers.
The team behind Microsoft Flight Simulator is initially looking for those that own the videogame as well as a Windows Mixed Reality headset to join the closed beta. After this first phase, Asobo Studio will follow this up by opening the beta to more VR devices.
Further stipulations for the closed beta require participants to be a registered Flight Simulator Insider, sign an NDA, share your DxDiag logs, and, of course, meet the following minimum specifications:
- OS: Windows 10 (November 2019 Update – 1909)
- DirectX: DirectX 11
- CPU: Intel i5-4460 or Ryzen 3 1200
- GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 or equivalent
- VRAM: 8 GB
- RAM: 16 GB
- HDD: 150 GB
- Bandwidth: 5 Mbps
“Our goal for Microsoft Flight Simulator VR is to create an incredible and immersive experience,” notes the page. “While we wish we could invite everyone unfortunately this won’t be the case. Much like our previous Alpha and Beta phases, we will only allow a select group of testers at any given time.”
For the time being the HP Reverb G2 is the only way to play Microsoft Flight Simulator and its not even out yet. HP announced last week that shipments of the device will begin early November for those customers who pre-ordered the headset when they first went live. If you pre-order the £639.00 GBP headset now it’ll arrive in December. The HP Reverb G2 offers 2160×2160 per eye panel resolution with optics designed by Valve as well as the speakers.
The latest edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator offers 20 detailed planes and 30 hand-crafted airports with further locations and aircraft available in the Deluxe and Premium Deluxe editions. One of its unique features is its real-time weather and traffic systems to make the title as realistic as possible.
As and when further details regarding VR headset support for Microsoft Flight Simulator are released, VRFocus will let you know.