Before you can access VR mode in Microsoft Flight Simulator, you must: 

  1. Download and install OpenXR for Windows Mixed Reality from the Microsoft Store.

      1. Open the Mixed Reality Portal app
      2. On the lower-left corner of the app select See More
      3. In the menu that appears select Set Up OpenXR. Doing this will cause the Windows Store to launch from where you can install the runtime. If this menu item does not appear, OpenXR may already be installed on your PC.
  2. Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator and update the sim to version 

To access VR mode (currently only available once loaded into a flight): 

  1. Before launching the sim, first launch the Mixed Reality Portal from the Windows Start Menu.  
  2. With the Mixed Reality Portal running in the background, launch Microsoft Flight Simulator!  
  3. Once in the sim, setup and launch a Free Flight as you normally would. 
  4. Once your flight has loaded and you are in the cockpit, press CTRL+TAB to enter VR mode. 
  5. Put on your headset, look straight ahead, and re-center the camera by pressing SPACEBAR. 
  6. Enjoy and have a safe flight!   

If You Are Using a Non-WMR HMD, please read the following:

Headsets running on the Oculus & Steam VR platforms are now supported in Flight Simulator.

Before using VR in Flight Simulator, the computer needs to know the location of the OpenXR runtime to use. The location will be different depending on which platform you use: Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus, or SteamVR. Please follow the steps below to set this location in the registry:

  1. Right-click on your Start menu and select Run.
  2. Type in “regedit” (without quotations) and hit Enter. This will launch the Registry Editor.
  3. Locate the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Khronos\OpenXR\1
  4. For ActiveRuntime change its value to the one that matches your platform (note: default paths are shown below):
    • Oculus - C:\Program Files\Oculus\Support\oculus-runtime\oculus_openxr_64.json
    • SteamVR - C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR\steamxr_win64.json
    • Windows Mixed Reality  -C:\Windows\System32\MixedRealityRuntime.json
  5. Close the Registry Editor. You are now ready to enter VR on your respective platform.

If you run into any issues or are unable to enter VR mode during a flight, please reach out to us here: