Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox: What is the 'offline mode' pack, and is it needed? (2023)

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Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox is finally here, and it looks to be an extremely impressive technical and visual showcase for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. It offers an excellent flight simulator experience for both casual and veteran players and ranks among the best Xbox games around. One facet of MSFS on Xbox that has stirred up confusion amongst Xbox players, however, is the inclusion of an "offline mode" when installing or preinstalling the game. Because of the lack of an official explanation on this, many players are left to wonder what exactly this "offline mode" is, and if it's really necessary to play the game.

Here's everything you need to know about the "offline mode" for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox. If you want the full rundown of MSFS on Microsoft's most powerful consoles, be sure to check out our full review of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox.

What is the 'offline mode' pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox?

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the best-looking games of all time, and it achieves this impressive feat by seamlessly streaming over two petabytes of real-world information with Microsoft's class-leading cloud technologies straight to your PC or Xbox console. Because of this, Microsoft Flight Simulator is absolutely best experienced when paired with a stable high-speed internet connection, as faster internet lets the game stream higher-quality assets from the cloud and build a more realistic and stunning rendition of the world. Microsoft's own internet requirements for Microsoft Flight Simulator follow below.

SpecificationMinimumRecommendedIdeal
Internet requirement5 Mbps20 Mbps50 Mbps

However, Microsoft Flight Simulator does have a backup in case the internet fails it with a collection of more generic and less detailed offline assets. On PC, players don't get a clear choice on whether or not these offline assets are downloaded, but more storage-limited Xbox consoles gain an additional option for players: an "offline mode" pack.

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Put simply, the "offline mode" pack is a separate installable option for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox consoles that presumably includes everything the game needs to run without a suitable internet connection. The pack is large, too, coming in at a staggering 54.9 GB on Xbox Series X versus a more palatable 42.4 GB for the base game. Together, this is the expected massive install size for Microsoft Flight Simulator and more closely mirrors the equivalent on PC, leading many players to believe they need the offline mode to play the game at all.

Do I need the 'offline mode' pack to play Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox?

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When you install or preinstall Microsoft Flight Simulator, your Xbox will automatically begin installing both the base game and the "offline mode" pack, which together equals nearly 100 GB of raw game information. This automatic behavior, combined with a lack of official explanation from Xbox, may lead you to believe that the "offline mode" pack is a necessary piece of Microsoft Flight Simulator, but that isn't the case. Players can choose not to install the pack on their Xbox and still play Microsoft Flight Simulator at its best quality.

Whether or not you should choose to only install the base game of Microsoft Flight Simulator on your Xbox is a different question, however, and depends on how you plan to play Microsoft Flight Simulator and how confident you are in your internet.

If you intend to play Microsoft Flight Simulator at any point without the presence of a high-speed internet connection, you'll need the "offline mode" pack to get started. Alternatively, if your internet connection isn't always stable or suitably high-speed, you may consider keeping the "offline mode" pack so Microsoft Flight Simulator can fall back on it in the event of a lost or inconsistent connection.

If you're equipped with a reliable high-speed internet connection and always play online, on the other hand, the "offline pack" isn't a necessary install for you. You can choose not to install it to free up a decent chunk of storage on your Xbox console, and still be able to play Microsoft Flight Simulator at the best possible quality. That's the power of the internet and Microsoft's innovative cloud technologies.

How do I install or uninstall the 'offline mode' pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox?

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Now that you know what "offline mode" is for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and if you need it, you may be wondering how you can actually install (or uninstall) the "offline mode" pack on your Xbox console. The steps to do so are pretty simple, but unfortunately not immediately obvious, so we've outlined the steps below for you.

Here's how to install or uninstall the "offline mode" pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox.

  1. Open "My games & apps" on your Xbox console by choosing the "My games & apps" tile on the Xbox Dashboard or opening the Xbox Guide and choosing the "My games & apps option."
  2. Find Microsoft Flight Simulator in the "Games" section of "My games & apps".Note: If you're in the process of installing or preinstalling Microsoft Flight Simulator, the game will immediately appear in the "Games" section, and you can do this while installing.
  3. Open the "More options" menu for Microsoft Flight Simulator by highlighting Microsoft Flight Simulator in "My games & apps" and pressing the "Menu" button on your Xbox controller.
  4. In the "More options" menu for Microsoft Flight Simulator, navigate to and open the "Manage game and add-ons" option.
  5. On the "Manage game and add-ons" screen for Microsoft Flight Simulator, highlight and open "Microsoft Flight Simulator" on the right side of the screen.
  6. In the "Microsoft Flight Simulator" menu, navigate to and select the "Manage installation on (Storage device)" option.

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  1. On the "Manage installation" screen for Microsoft Flight Simulator, navigate to the "World - offline mode" add-on under the base game of Microsoft Flight Simulator.Note: Selecting the "World - offline mode" add-on will install it, while unselecting it will uninstall the add-on or prevent it from being installed.
  2. Once you've made your changes, navigate to and select the "Save changes" option on the right side of the screen.
  3. Your Xbox will automatically update the Microsoft Flight Simulator installation in the background.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator heads to consoles

After shattering expectations and setting bars on PC, Microsoft Flight Simulator is officially making the jump to consoles by releasing for Xbox Series X|S on July 27, 2021. You can now preorder the Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, with three content-packed editions from which to choose.

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Microsoft Flight Simulator is already included in Xbox Game Pass for PC, and will be for Xbox on day one.

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  • In that case, I think I'll save the space and not download the offline mode.

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FAQs

Do you need offline mode flight simulator? ›

The internet connection is ultimately what brings you that accuracy and high quality, and without that connection you're going to end up with a not-so-optimised Microsoft Flight Simulator experience.

Can you play Flight Simulator on Xbox Series S offline? ›

Get installed

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is almost 100GB to download onto Xbox Series S and Series X consoles, but there is an “offline mode” to help you skimp on storage if you're running low.

Can you play Microsoft Flight Simulator with no internet? ›

I think you only need to be online on startup for the login verification. But when you're actually flying you can be completely offline. You can change the data settings in your general options and turn off all online features. That should make the sim run in offline mode.

How do I turn off offline mode in MSFS? ›

Restart Online Functionality
  1. Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator.
  2. Go to Options > General > Data.
  3. Toggle Online Functionality OFF.
  4. Click on Apply & Save.
  5. Toggle Online Functionality ON.
  6. Click on Apply & Save.
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Why can't I play my Xbox games offline? ›

To play offline on the Xbox One, you have to go into network settings and select the option go offline. That should then let you play the games offline. You have to make sure you have the Xbox set as your home xbox to do this. You also have to be online first to put the console in offline mode.

Do I need Xbox Live to play Flight Simulator? ›

Microsoft Flight Simulator is for Windows 10 PC and does not require Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold to play.

Is Xbox Series S good enough for Flight Simulator? ›

To put it simply, Flight Simulator runs more smoothly on Xbox Series S. Yes, 30fps is the target and for the majority of the experience, it works well on both machines.

How long is flight simulator on Xbox? ›

24 Hours - 712 Hours

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world.

How much space does Flight Simulator take up on Xbox Series S? ›

According to the Flight Simulator page in the Microsoft Store, you'll need 127GB of free space in order to install the new simulation game, which spans the entire globe thanks to its integration of Bing map data.

Can you fly a plane if you play Flight Simulator? ›

Flight simulators can also easily replicate the flying experience in different aircraft. However, flight simulators can't properly teach pilots how to take off, land, or taxi their planes. Nor can flight simulators fully replicate the entire flying experience.

Does Microsoft Flight Simulator use a lot of data? ›

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 offers stunning visuals, especially when using the streaming mode to download images as part of photogrammetry feature. But this obvious results in a lot of data usage.

Do you need good WIFI for Microsoft Flight Simulator? ›

MS recommends 50mb/s even though it only ever uses 10mb/s in photogrammetry cities.

How do you use Xbox offline? ›

To use your Xbox without being prompted to connect to the Xbox service, set it to offline.
...
Set your Xbox to offline
  1. Press the Xbox button  on your controller to open the guide.
  2. Select Profile & system > Settings > General > Network settings.
  3. Select Go offline.

Can I play Xbox game pass games offline? ›

Note PC Game Pass game licenses expire after 30 days when playing offline, and licenses for owned games expire after 14 days. To keep playing your game offline, go back online and launch the game. This renews the game's license on your device and ensures you can go back to playing offline.

What Xbox One games require no internet? ›

The Best Xbox One & Series X/S Games That Don't Require An Internet Connection
  • 24/24 Cuphead.
  • 23/24 Ori And The Will of the Wisps.
  • 22/24 Sunset Overdrive.
  • 21/24 Divinity: Original Sin 2.
  • 20/24 Scarlet Nexus.
  • 19/24 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
  • 18/24 Wasteland 3.
  • 17/24 Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
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What does it mean when Xbox says offline? ›

If someone has their online preference set to “show offline” then they will be shown as offline to you. If someone is showing offline but is in an Xbox party chat they will show up as [anonymous] when you view the chat.

What do you need for Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox? ›

To play Flight Simulator on Xbox, you'll need an Xbox Series X or Series S console and a copy of the game. Since Flight Simulator is a first-party Microsoft title, the Standard edition is included with a Game Pass subscription.

Why can I not play Flight Simulator on Xbox? ›

If you don't see the ability to play Microsoft Flight Simulator with cloud gaming, try signing out and signing back in to the console or app. Flight sticks and other non-standard controllers are not yet supported on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Is Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox worth it? ›

There is no better game currently on the Xbox Series than Microsoft Flight Simulator; it is a complete joy on console, and this version even manages to make you forget that playing it on PC is also an option.

How many hours does a pilot need on a simulator? ›

So, even though the FAA allows "only" 2.5 hours of credit towards the private pilot aeronautical experience requirements (a minimum of 40 hours), we believe you aren't using the simulator correctly if you stop there.

Does Flight Simulator make you a better pilot? ›

It works because it can replicate real experiences and emergencies, allowing people to improve skills while mitigating risk. As a student pilot, you can use simulation technology to make you a better pilot. A simulator is an important step between learning and flying.

Is there a map in Flight Simulator Xbox? ›

Once you've finally loaded up the game and got to the main menu, you'll have to visit the WORLD MAP. It's the top-right option in the menu and gives you an overview of the entire globe.

Does Flight Simulator show the whole world? ›

Microsoft Flight Simulator has all the airports in the world, its developers have said. 37,000 airports were manually edited by the developers.

Does Flight Simulator have the whole Earth? ›

Does Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 have the whole world as its map? Believe it or not, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 does allow you to fly over the whole planet. We're not talking to scale either. The map size in Flight Simulator 2020 is the exact same as the of the Earth.

Is Flight Simulator a heavy game? ›

Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most demanding games currently available. Update: We've added memory testing to our Microsoft Flight Simulator benchmarks, along with a few more GPUs and CPUs.

How long does Flight Simulator take install? ›

But when you install Flight Simulator, you're in it for the long haul. Flight Simulator's download speed seems considerably slower than your average download speed. I have a 50Mbps fibre optic connection cabled directly into my PC. So, 100 GBs should have taken around five hours to download.

Can you fly to your own house in flight simulator? ›

One of the most fascinating aspects of Microsoft Flight Simulator is the ability to fly anywhere in the world from famous landmarks to natural wonders and even your home.

Can you fly into a hurricane in flight simulator? ›

While this technology is incapable of reflecting the exact size and shape of a tropical storm, it does give Microsoft Flight Simulator players the unique opportunity to fly through hurricanes and other storms without risk.

What simulator do real pilots use? ›

You're never grounded with Gleim!

The first and only FAA-approved simulator built with the cutting edge X-Plane 11 flight sim engine. Use the Gleim Virtual Cockpit BATD to develop or maintain proficiency with flight modeling based on the most popular training aircraft in the world, the Cessna 172.

What does Microsoft Flight Simulator require? ›

System Requirements

OS: Windows 10. Processor: Intel i5-4460 | AMD Ryzen 3 1200. Memory: 8 GB RAM. Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 | AMD Radeon RX 570.

Do Flights in Microsoft Flight Simulator take real time? ›

Microsoft Flight Simulator's Servers Show Real-World Flights Too, Or You Can Fly Alone. Virtual pilots in Microsoft Flight Simulator can see real-time flights as they happen in the real world, or you can turn off all other pilots if you don't want to play seriously.

How many planes do you get in Microsoft Flight Simulator? ›

Depending on which edition you purchase, Flight Simulator offers a minimum choice of 20 planes for you to fly around the world if you purchase the standard edition.

Can you run out of fuel in flight simulator? ›

For example a flight between Singapore and NYC will run out of fuel. You can turn on unlimited fuel, or just jump into the fuel menu in the top bar as you are flying and give yourself more fuel.

Is there a story mode in Flight Simulator? ›

Flight Simulator isn't your typical game, though - there's no story or campaign mode to speak of - and so it's very much up to you to make your own fun.

Can you play Flight Simulator single player? ›

It has singleplayer, multiplayer and missions. You don't have to play it multiplayer, no. It's a flight simulator rather than a game. But there are tutorials you can follow through which teach you to fly, then there's various missions and challenges to do, after that you can do pretty much whatever you want with it.

Are Xbox Gold games free forever? ›

Is Games with Gold available if I'm on an Xbox trial subscription? Yes. Any Xbox 360 games you redeemed before October 2022 are yours to keep, but you must purchase an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to keep all other games when the trial period ends.

Do you lose games when they leave Xbox Game Pass? ›

Do you keep Xbox game pass games forever? No , when you cancel the Game Pass gou lose all of your games right away. So as long as you are subscribed to the game pass you can play the game pass games.

What games can you play without Xbox Game Pass? ›

Free-to-play Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One games highlights
  • Call of Duty: Warzone. The free-to-play COD battle royale game has proved a massive success since its launch a couple of years ago. ...
  • Fortnite. Like Warzone, this is somewhat an obvious choice but you can't ignore class. ...
  • Destiny 2. ...
  • Star Trek Online. ...
  • Apex Legends.

Is real flight simulator offline or online? ›

Real Flight Simulator is playable online as an HTML5 game, therefore no download is necessary.

Does flight simulator need fast internet? ›

Microsoft Flight Simulator needs some bandwidth to show its graphics in all their glory. According to Windows Central, a 5 Mbps internet speed is the minimum requirement, which is probably a lot less than many users have. The recommended Internet speed is 20 Mbps, which is still below what many consider normal.

Can you play flight simulator while downloading? ›

Mercifully, you can ALT+TAB out of the Flight Sim launcher without interrupting the download process, so you can at least carry on using your PC while the game downloads.

Does Flight Simulator have the whole world? ›

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. Finishing Move Inc. Flight Simulator simulates the topography of the entire Earth using data from Bing Maps.

Does Flight Simulator have the whole earth? ›

Does Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 have the whole world as its map? Believe it or not, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 does allow you to fly over the whole planet. We're not talking to scale either. The map size in Flight Simulator 2020 is the exact same as the of the Earth.

Does Flight Simulator have real cities? ›

These cities are not photorealistic, but they're still an absolute marvel, constructed from satellite imagery and fly-by image scans, and then augmented using lots of clever technology to give buildings the right shape, roofs the right colour, and so on.

Do flights in Microsoft Flight Simulator take real time? ›

Microsoft Flight Simulator's Servers Show Real-World Flights Too, Or You Can Fly Alone. Virtual pilots in Microsoft Flight Simulator can see real-time flights as they happen in the real world, or you can turn off all other pilots if you don't want to play seriously.

Why does Msfs take so long to download? ›

Battery-saving modes, traffic monitoring software, hard drive utilities as well as PC tune-up utilities can all have a negative impact on your download and writing speed. Disable unnecessary programs that run automatically on startup and try again.

How much storage do I need for Flight Simulator? ›

According to the Flight Simulator page in the Microsoft Store, you'll need 127GB of free space in order to install the new simulation game, which spans the entire globe thanks to its integration of Bing map data.

How often do pilots use simulator? ›

As a result, every six months all airline pilots are required to undertake two days of training and testing in a flight simulator to ensure that their normal and non-normal operation capabilities are up to standard.

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