Hobbico has released Knife Edge Software’s latest RC flight simulator, RealFlight 8, on Steam. This entry is not only VR-enabled but also officially supports Windows Mixed Reality. RealFlight seems to be a professional simulator for dedicated hobbyists as it’s quite expensive. It’s normally priced at £78.99 (UK) / €92.99 (EU) / $99.99 (US), although it does have a 10% launch discount so currently costs £71.09 (UK) / €83.69 (EU) / $89.99 (US) until March 28th.
There has also been a physical version available since last year, including a bundle with an Interlink-X controller, but I don’t know if that supports Windows Mixed Reality. It’s possible that it has been updated with a patch, but it’s best to contact the developer to find out if it does support Windows Mixed Reality if you want to buy it on disc.
You can watch a trailer for RealFlight 8 above and read more info about it in the following description from its Steam page:
ABOUT THIS GAME
RealFlight 8: True to Life RC simulation
RealFlight is finally on Steam – Get your hands on the simulator that’s trained hundreds of thousands of RC pilots!
Classic convenience meets enhanced capabilities in RealFlight 8! It brings back all the features and functionality of RF7.5 with several key upgrades. The same game-changing, supremely realistic physics which have drawn pilots to RealFlight since the first edition are back and further improved… and there’s so much more.
First up on the list of new capabilities—VR compatibility. Plug in a popular VR set available on the market and you’re instantly at the field or behind the sticks. For full immersion, there’s nothing else like it out there.
Plus, accessing the world of RealFlight is easier than ever with a simple, intuitive interface which virtually guarantees you’ll be up and flying in moments. There’s zero learning curve, zero hassle, just flying fun. New for RealFlight 8, you can fly with the custom-designed InterLink controller or hook up a game console controller you might already have around the house.
Next up are the flying sites and aircraft—every flying site and aircraft from RF7.5 is back. Plus there are over a dozen new aircraft and a customized FPV flying site. Plus, you can customize everything to your satisfaction with aircraft and flying site software that has also been upgraded to accept even more detailed HD models.
Far from last, and certainly not least, the game-like challenges which have helped sharpen thousands of pilots’ skills are back and expanded so you get more tiers of balloon-popping, spot landing bang for your buck.
Trust in the RC flight simulator that has put more pilots in the air safely than any other, pick up your copy of RealFlight today!
RealFlight 8 requires a controller to run. There are a few options here:
- For the best experience, we strongly recommend the InterLink-X™. RealFlight is designed for it, and your controls will all be exactly where they should be.
- You can use your RC Radio with an interface. The RealFlight Wired Interface works well for this, and there are 3rd-party wireless interfaces available. This option will require more setup on your part.
- You can use any 4-axis game controller. A gamepad will work, or an advanced flight stick. Your experience will not be as good as using a purpose-built RC radio, though.
See the Announcements and Community Discussion for purchase links.
Are you into radio-controlled aircraft and interested in RealFlight 8 despite the high price? Have you bought it already and if so do you like it? Let us know in the comments below, or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum. You can also write your own review of the game in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Game Reviews forum.
The recommended system requirements listed on Steam are for non-VR. As those requirements are well below Windows Mixed Reality’s system requirements I think RealFlight 8 should run on PCs with Windows Mixed Reality Ultra minimum specs when played in VR, if not lower.
Source: RealFlight 8's Steam page