Purchase FS2020 from Steam or MS?

scruffyduck

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Just wondering if it is better to buy from one or the other? Do y'all have a preference?
 

gfxpilot

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I suppose if you gain "points" for purchasing from either thus allowing you to use these to buy something later on then I guess this will potentially by the guiding factor. Most people have a MS account and earn points for using big etc. Price will be the other issue. I suspect that its release will be price fixed across any third party. I potentially would go MS that way if there is an issue they cannot claim its nothing to do with them
 

Heretic

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If you need a MIcrosoft account to use FS20, you might as well buy from there and cut out the middle man. Steam also takes a commission from the developer (not that MS cares), updates may be rolled out a bit later and it may apply additional DRM features to third party content purchased via Steam (see FSX:SE's encrypted MDL files for DLC aircraft).

For games of all sorts, Steam is the place to go (mostly thanks to frequent sales), but for flightsims, I want to stay as close to the developer as possible.
 

rhumbaflappy

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It depends. MSFS is a huge program, and the Windows Store is a bit unreliable. If downloads and updates are handled by Steam, then I'd go with them. Steam downloading works well, and their Library function stores the program forever. If Steam simply takes your money, and Microsoft handles all program downloads anyways, then MS is the way to go.

In all cases, the streaming aerial imagery will be streamed by Microsoft, and an internet connection and Xbox login required.
 
I will personally go on steam, its easy to install/uninstall games, but thats my personal preferences ;)
 
My only concern is if I buy an add-on in a steam sale, will it work with non-Steam MSFS?
I suspect yes.
 
Yes, I have a preference.
I will buy neither for the time being.
When you look at some newly uploaded YouTube videos of MSFS2020 you will find that most of the airports and scenery are still FSX like and although landclass and such has been improved, it still is not in a long way what they show in their promotional stuff..
Especially because there is a setting where it keeps track of your used Mb's/Gb's (I wonder why that is?) and the lack of an SDK and no AI.
I will not be lured into a pre-order for it.
 
When you look at some newly uploaded YouTube videos of MSFS2020 you will find that most of the airports and scenery are still FSX like and although landclass and such has been improved, it still is not in a long way what they show in their promotional stuff..
Especially because there is a setting where it keeps track of your used Mb's/Gb's (I wonder why that is?) and the lack of an SDK and no AI.
Most recent promotional material comes directly from beta testers and news outlets, and was taken directly in-game. No false advertising. It all looks just as good as the trailers.

Since the scenery is streamed and many people need to stay under a particular bandwidth limit every month, of course there's a usage tracker.

There is AI, and there will be an SDK at or sometime after launch.
 

scruffyduck

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Thanks guys - can we stay on topic. Fair enough if you don't want to purchase it now (or ever). There are plenty of reasons not to be an early adopter. My question is focussed on the best provider which I guess is not dependent on when you actually buy it , if you do.
 
Thanks guys - can we stay on topic. Fair enough if you don't want to purchase it now (or ever). There are plenty of reasons not to be an early adopter. My question is focussed on the best provider which I guess is not dependent on when you actually buy it , if you do.
I personnaly go for Steam, its more practical for me, its will all my other games, Install are easy etc. instead of having MS Store for JUST 1 program... thats not good for business.

So, if you are a Steam User, go for it :) (if you are a MS Store User, Go for MS Store ;) )
 
My only concern is if I buy an add-on in a steam sale, will it work with non-Steam MSFS?
I suspect yes.
I have similar concerns, i.e. if I buy items via one site/medium will they be compatible if the sim was bought via another site/medium? For instance, this used to be an issue with DCS, though it now seems to have been resolved (at least I've bought Steam addons and installed them in non-Steam DCS).

I'm also wondering if buying from one vs. the other will impede the ability to modify the sim and/or install freeware addons and utilities from independent developers (e.g. people around these parts)...?
 

Vitus

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I found this here:
I wouldn't...

ACHTUNG!

Zusätzlich wird ein DVD-Laufwerk an Ihrem PC benötigt. Zum Download des Produktes liegt ein Download Code und DVDs in der Box. Damit Sie den Microsoft Flight Simulator spielen können, müssen Sie die CD Nr. 1 im DVD-Laufwerk haben!!
You need to have DVD1 in your drive for it to run. That's so 1990s :rolleyes:
 

Vitus

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old doesn't mean obsolete.
No, you're right. But it would still be a weird choice to pick up the DVDs. To get the most of the sim, you need a good internet connection anyway, plus, there will be updates of considerable size as we progress. What benefits does the box bring?
 

rhumbaflappy

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I think a rather marginal internet bandwidth would still be alright. And there is an underlying 'traditional' landclass/vector scenery. Internet connection would be needed for Xbox user verification, streaming photoreal, real time AI, live weather, multiplayer...

All that said, the DVD would be an odd option for modern usage. As noted, some modern computers don't even have a DVD input anymore.
 
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