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Microsoft Flight Simulator patch cuts the download size in half

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Microsoft Flight Simulator patch cuts the download size in half

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a big, meaty game. The Steam page says it needs at least 150GB of drive space, and the actual download is even bigger. Big games are a fact of life in this exciting digital era, but even so that’s a whopper for anyone on a slow or dodgy internet connection.

Luckily for all of us (and especially the bad internet folks), the latest update reduces the size of that initial download by more than half, from over 170GB to just 83GB. Microsoft didn’t reveal exactly how it managed to pull off this pants-tightening magic, saying only that “we performed some optimization for the initial full download of the title.”