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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 System Specs: Can Your PC Run It?

Games are getting bigger and bigger, and Microsoft's new flight sim game is no exception.


Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming out this week, and you better have some space on your hard drive. The official system requirements mention that the game takes up 150 GB of space, which makes sense given the ambitious nature of the game. The system specs requirements are also intense.

Below you'll find the minimum, recommended, and "ideal" PC specs requirements officially recommended by Microsoft.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: Ryzen 5 1500X / Intel i5-8400
  • GPU: Radeon RX 590 / NVIDIA GTX 970
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HDD: 150 GB
  • Bandwidth: 20 Mbps

These are the recommended specs for Microsoft Flight Simulator. If you want to have a smooth experience with the game, you'll want to make sure you meet these requirements.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: Ryzen 3 1200 / Intel i5-4460
  • GPU: Radeon RX 570 / NVIDIA GTX 770
  • VRAM: 2 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 150 GB
  • Bandwidth: 5 Mbps

These are the baseline specs Microsoft suggests you meet in order to run Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Ideal System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X / Intel i7-9800X
  • GPU: Radeon VII / NVIDIA RTX 2080
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • HDD: 150 GB SSD
  • Bandwidth: 50 Mbps

The ideal specs Microsoft requires will provide the smoothest experience.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 PC specs and system requirements.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 PC specs and system requirements.

150 GB is huge, but it's not a record for a PC release. Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 also required 150 GB of free space.

As announced previously, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 features 37,000 real-world airports, gorgeous visuals, and real-time air traffic that shows you the real-world flight paths of planes across the world. Announced at E3 2019, the game hits PC on August 18.

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