History of Flight Similator
It was 1982 when Microsoft bought the rights to the IBM version of Flight Simulator SubLOGIC, the mortgage company’s first developer Bruce Artwick, who had created in 1976. That same year, Microsoft launched the title of that after more than two decades has become much more than a game. Even then the flight model could be considered quite realistic and the setting was left much to the imagination, being in monochrome vector graphics.
Version 2.0 (introduced in 1985) added the possibility of using the joystick, and had a wide circulation, being developed for many platforms.
Version 3.0 of 1988 introduced the first multiple windows and 3D effects, making the first version to have some commercial success, but version 4.0 began the trend for the development of additional products by individuals and companies outside Microsoft.
To be able to enjoy a graphically appealing version will have to wait until 1993 with the release of version 5, which united with accurate flight models of some graphic scenes that took care of both the exterior and interior of the cockpits of airplanes, in this version options were introduced as the management of weather or the shadows created by the rising and setting sun. Also introduced in this version is the use of realistic scenarios (although according to parameters different from those present).
From version 5 onwards, the database of airports are adding more and more versions are appropriate to the speed of hardware evolution by introducing more and more airports, navaids, weather can be downloaded online to be able to fly virtually the same with real weather conditions, turning more more than a game into a tool that allows you to learn the basics of flight with functions including teaching. These later versions took the second name given by the operating system (or year) in which they were designed.
To date, the latest version X is published October 13, 2006, where, thanks to artificial intelligence, a new graphic to the skies, the scenery, animals (which move and are new to Flight Simulator) and the thousands of these airports (operated by a realistic ATC), have reached unsurpassed heights of realism. But it requires at least Windows XP, it does not work with Windows 2000 and earlier.
Following the economic crisis in January 2009 during a restructuring of the company’s Aces Studios (responsible for the development of the product) are closed. In 2010 Microsoft announced the arrival of a new flight simulator, inspired by the famous series of Microsoft Flight Simulator and Microsoft Flight called.