The Learning Center has been carried over from FS2004, which introduces the user to the various features of FSX.Flying lessons are included (and improved from previous versions), voiced over by real-life pilot and instructor Rod Machado.On December 18, 2014, the FSX: Steam Edition version of the simulator was made available through digital distribution via Steam.The updated release of FSX includes support for Windows 8.1 and later, along with updated hosting of FSX multiplayer features through Steam.This also included mission-based gameplay with mission specific aircraft as well as an upgraded rendering engine capable of increased detail.
The game features an immersive air traffic control system and dynamic real-world condition weather.
Flight Simulator X was officially unveiled at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a gaming showcase for Microsoft Windows Vista and is now also compatible with Windows 7, and with Windows 8 via Steam.
Microsoft released screenshots as well as a list of frequently asked questions as a press release on Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider, and numerous flight simulator communities.
The user can fly a checkride at the end of the learning process.
Completion of these various checkrides certify the user with simulated pilot ratings (e.g.The news was later confirmed by Microsoft officials stating they were committed to the Flight Simulator franchise, with expectations to continue product releases in the series, but had nothing specific to announce at that time.