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Microsoft Flight Simulator gets audio voice tours

written by Adam Thorn | May 17, 2021

Microsoft Flight Simulator

A new modification for Microsoft Flight Simulator allows players to listen to voiced audio tours of 9,000 points of interest.

The sound is AI-generated and has been created by the website Bushtalk Radio, covering locations from the Chrysler Building in New York City to the Galapagos Islands.

Its smart tech means that the tour automatically starts playing when a player flies near one of its designated locations, and is updated each month.

The sim has been designed to allow external developers to upgrade its cities, as well as improvements released by the original development team Asobo.

Last month, Asobo gave France, Belgium and the Netherlands a dramatic makeover in its fourth World Update download.

It included ‘hand-crafted’ replicas of Megève, Nice, and Rotterdam The Hague airports as well as introducing more minor updates to 100 other airports across Europe.

Significantly, it has also upgraded landmarks and points of interest such as the Eiffel Tower, Fort Boyard, the Arc de Triomphe, Mont Blanc, Kinderdijk’s windmills, Bruges’ Church of Our Lady, The Palace of Justice of Brussels, and Luxembourg’s Vianden Castle.

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Players wanting to access the new content – which includes an “awe-inducing” Bush Trip over the Pyrenees and the Alps – should download the free FRBENELUX bundle from the in-game marketplace.

The fresh content came weeks after Asobo released its World Update 3 that recreated versions of more than 70 points of interest in the UK and Ireland.

It follows similar updates to the US and Japan alongside work carried out and sold by independent developers.

The game allows players access to 37,000 airports around the globe and gives players the option to fly essentially anywhere in the world using one of up to 30 aircraft, from an A320neo to a Cessna 152 and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.

All planes feature accurate cockpits with realistic controls and instrumentation.

The entire simulated world is hyper-realistic – apart from a number of notable flaws that players have already pointed out – thanks to the use of Microsoft’s Bing Maps, which was utilised to re-create every corner of the earth in as much detail as the developers could achieve.

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