All across social media one game this week has grabbed plenty of attention. It is also one you may not expect. The game in question is Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is very close to its Xbox release after launching on PC in August last year. And it was set to hit Xbox this summer.
So Why Is It Suddenly A Talking Point?
Well the Xbox release has finally arrived however it is only available on Series X/S. So console owners who have upgraded from Xbox One consoles can finally play this. Though you will be hit with a 27.59GB update. And for those on Series S it will pose issues.
Why Is That?
For a start the file size is already hefty. After the initial day one update it sits at 120.1GB on Series X. The Series S has 512GB space on the internal SSD which doesn’t include the operating system
Can I Get Microsoft Flight Simulator To Take Up Less Space?
Yes! You can apparently reduce the file size of Microsoft Flight Simulator by removing a chunk of the install saving you a considerable 59.7GB. The game’s developer Asobo Studio state it’s for “World – Offline Mode”. So it can be played offline and can improve performance as you play especially if you have low bandwidth. The game’s FAQ states it’s not essential, but having it installed will offer improvements.
How Do I Do This?
All you need to do is choose “Manage game and add-ons” which can be found in the menu for Microsoft Flight Simulator in your collection shown below.
Then click on the game and choose “Manage installation on Internal storage.”
You will then see 2 files, one stating titled “Base game” which is 42.4GB and one titled “World – offline mode” that is 59.7GB. Remove the tick from offline mode to uninstall it and you are all set.