Microsoft had previously stated that the open beta phase for Microsoft Flight Simulator will begin on July 30th. However, it appears that the Closed Beta for this highly anticipated PC game has already begun. Alpha insiders can already download build 1.6.13 (Closed Beta) and play it.
This Closed Beta build features nine new aircrafts, 22 new landing challenges, and 4 new flight tutorials. Moreover, it packs three new bash trips. Bush Trips are a set of activities which test your navigation skills and have you flying long-distance across remote locations.
It’s also worth noting that the Closed Beta adds support for TrackIR. According to the team, this must be configured outside of the sim in the normal method. Track IR is available in the following locations: Menu – Hangar, In-flight – Cockpit camera and In-flight – Chase camera.
Lastly, Microsoft has stated that it will continue to send invitations for this Closed Beta phase until July 30th. Thus, be sure to check your inbox if you’ve already applied for the game’s Closed Beta.
Microsoft Flight Simulator will fully release on August 18th!