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Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a big US update

The latest major Microsoft Flight Simulator update is all about the US of A. The free World Update II patch is available now, and it should make flights over the US look much better.

A trailer for the update shows just how detailed some of these updated areas are. The Las Vegas Strip now has a night mode, where the entire strip lights up and it looks incredible from the virtual sky above. The nearby Grand Canyon looks like it will be worth touring inside Microsoft Flight Simulator, too. Kennedy Space Center in Florida is also part of the update and looks incredibly intricate.

Hand-crafted versions of four airports have been added Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Friday Harbor and New York Stewart while Asobo made “visual and logical improvements to 48 more airports.” The studio says the game has new aerial textures to improve the appearance of several states and an “improved digital elevation model.” Other changes include more randomized placement of streetlights in smaller streets and bug fixes.

The update follows a similar Japan-centric patch, which arrived a couple of months ago. If you’ve decided to stay at home instead of flying to see family this Thanksgiving amid the rise in COVID-19 case numbers, perhaps you might make the trip virtually in Flight Simulator instead. If the latest 4K trailer is anything to go by (and your PC can handle those visuals), it should be a pretty journey.

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