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Microsoft Flight Simulator update adds high-res landmarks to flights over UK

The third in a series of "World Updates" is available as a free download for the PC game.

Andrew Gebhart Former senior producer

The next time you hop into the digital cockpit of Microsoft Flight Simulator, your trip over the UK and Ireland will be much more visually compelling. After previously updating Japan and the US, Microsoft is rolling out a free "World Update" focused on adding visual improvements to landmarks across the UK and Ireland as well as logistical improvements to 85 airports in the area.

Cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, London and Oxford have all had a visual overhaul, with added architectural elements and custom landmarks. Castles, restaurants, football stadiums and even cliffside villages have also been added throughout to make your trips over the region more accurate.

Microsoft announced the update in a blog post Tuesday. Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on the PC and will debut on the Xbox Series X and S this summer. Today's update is available to owners of the game for no additional cost and includes new activities such as landing challenges.

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