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Microsoft Flight Simulator halves installation size

Microsoft Flight Simulator
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Microsoft has halved the installation size of Flight Simulator.

Before today, installing the game would take up around an eye-watering 150GB (opens in new tab)+ of your space. Now, however, a new update squeezes that down to a more palatable – if not quite svelte – 83GB.

While Microsoft stopped short of clarifying how, exactly, it compressed the size, it did say that it had "performed some optimization for the initial full download of the title". 

According to our friends at PC Gamer (opens in new tab), the initial Steam download now sits at 700MB, and once the launcher's running, it'll then download a further 81GB. 

Microsoft Flight Simulator was recently added to The World Video Game Hall of Fame (opens in new tab) along with Animal Crossing, Starcraft, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? The museum made the final selection based on "the advice of journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society".

The Flight Simulator modding community has always worked quickly, but just in case there was any doubt, someone swiftly added the trapped cargo ship, the Ever Given, to Microsoft Flight Simulator before the ship was freed. 

This is just the latest in a long list of post-launch updates for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Back when the game launched in September 2020, the dev team swiftly added in Japanese locations (opens in new tab), before releasing VR support (opens in new tab) for players in December. Microsoft Flight Simulator will finally be making the jump to consoles later this year when it comes to Xbox Series X in summer (Q3) 2021 (opens in new tab).

If you're experiencing any issues whatsoever with the incredibly detailed sim, head over to our Microsoft Flight Simulator issues (opens in new tab) guide for solutions to common and complex problems.

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.