Flying the Mach Loop in MSFS 2020 is an incredibly immersive experience and one you should attempt, especially if you have a VR Headset to add that extra ‘wow’ factor!
As we don’t all have the day to day job of a military pilot, or millions to spend on a fast jet, not everyone gets to savour flying the Mach loop. Microsoft’s latest flight sim MSFS 2020 made experiencing what it may feel like to be at the controls just a little more attainable for the masses.
What is MSFS 2020
Microsoft Flight Simulator is an amateur flight simulator developed for Microsoft by Asobo Studio and published by Xbox Game Studios. It is an entry in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series which began in 1982, and was preceded by Microsoft Flight Simulator X in 2006. The game is a return of the series after 14 years, with development beginning six years prior to its release. It was released on August 18, 2020, for Windows, with a virtual reality (VR) version released in December of the same year as part of the free Sim 2 update. Microsoft Flight Simulator is the first game in the series to see a VR and console release, with it being released on the Xbox Series X and Series S on July 27, 2021
What do I need to fly
A PC or XBOX!
A Joystick and Throttle!
Optional: A VR headset such as those by Oculus or HP.
VR trip around the Mach Loop in MSFS
How much does MSFS cost?
Whilst the Mach loop is available in all MSFS comes in 3 flavours, each version above standard comes with additional extras.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard 40th Anniversary Edition
Included with the Xbox Game Pass
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The Standard 40th Anniversary Edition includes 37 highly detailed aircraft with unique flight models, 35 handcrafted airports, 4 classic commercial airports, 15 glider airports, and 14 heliports.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition
The Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition includes everything from the Standard Edition plus 5 additional highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 5 additional handcrafted airports.
Â£63.99 with Xbox Game Pass
Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition
The Premium Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition includes everything from the Standard Edition plus 10 additional highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 10 additional handcrafted airports.
Â£87.99 with Xbox Game Pass
What aircraft can I fly?
Check out some of the videos below that show the mach loop being flown in MSFS!
Eurofighter Typhoon in Mach Loop MSFS
Hawk T1 in Mach Loop MSFS
F-35 in Mach Loop MSFS
F-15 in Mach Loop MSFS
These add-on aircraft can be purchased directly from within MSFS, or via sites such as JustFlight and SimMarket (no affiliation here, just sites we’ve used!).
What are the minimum PC Specifications?
OS Windows 10 (v. 1909)
Processor Intel i5-4460, Ryzen 3 1200
GPU NVIDIA GTX 770, Radeon RX 570
Memory 8 GB RAM, 2 GB VRAM
Storage 150 GB
DirectX DirectX 11