Microsoft Flight Simulator Steam Refunds Won't Count The Time Spent Downloading The Game

Hours spent downloading Microsoft Flight Simulator in its in-game client won’t be counted in the Steam refund process.


Microsoft Flight Simulator has finally taken off, giving players the opportunity to tour the entire world without ever needing to leave their PCs. A globe-trotting simulator of air travel, it's also a game that requires a hefty amount of hard drive space, which isn't immediately apparent if you purchase it through Steam. However, the time you spent downloading the game won't be held against you should you ultimately decide to get a refund.

While the download through Steam is only 532MB, that part of the game will then initiate the rest of the installation which will pull a staggering 127GB of data through your internet connection. Normally, this would be considered part of your time playing the game, as the client is running.

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Depending on your home internet setup, that installation might take a while. This has left some people concerned over their ability to refund the game should they be unsatisfied with it. But fear not, as you shouldn't have any issues.

Steam currently allows you return a game and receive a refund if you've played it for fewer than two hours, but Microsoft Flight Simulator will be a special case should players seek reimbursement when they return the product. That's all about how it handles downloading files, which are mostly done in the game itself rather than through Steam.

"The time it takes your machine to download the additional content will not be counted against the Steam Refund Policy," VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi said in an email reply to PC Gamer. GameSpot's review of Microsoft Flight Simulator will land soon, but until then you can browse our sister site Metacritic, where the current review score aggregate of 93/100 makes the game one of the most positively reviewed of the year.

Or if you prefer something different, you can tour the skies and visit famous landmarks such as the block of flats where Buckingham Palace used to be. Microsoft Flight Simulator is currently out on Steam and Xbox for PC, and although a console version has been mentioned in the past, no concrete details have surfaced for it yet.

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