Spending hours downloading Microsoft Flight Simulator on Steam won’t cause you to miss out on a refund

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s extended obtain and set up course of gained’t cheat you out of requesting a Steam refund.

When Microsoft Flight Simulator launched earlier this week, it shortly grew to become clear that its separate launcher might trigger some issues. Flight Simulator has its personal launcher that runs after you begin it, and it’s what handles updating, putting in and the preliminary obtain.

This method, whereas irritating, is acquainted to PC gamers. Many MMOs do that for varied causes, nevertheless it’s significantly irritating if you play these video games by means of Steam, as a result of it means you’ll should launch the sport anytime you wish to replace to the most recent model.

This additionally creates a distinct drawback, which is what gamers have dropped at Valve’s consideration this week. By default, all Steam clients can refund any of their new purchases, as long as the sport or app has been used for lower than two hours. Sadly, Steam usually considers any time spent with the sport launcher open to be play time.

In different phrases, by merely leaving the Microsoft Flight Simulator launcher operating to obtain or replace, you’re accruing sport time, which some frightened would disqualify them from with the ability to request a refund regardless of not having truly performed the sport.

The excellent news is that Valve has confirmed to PC Gamer that the time spent with the launcher operating gained’t eat into your precise sport time, so you must have the ability to request an automated refund so long as it’s been finished earlier than reaching the two-hour mark.

“The time it takes your machine to obtain the extra content material is not going to be counted in opposition to the Steam refund coverage,” mentioned Valve. “We’re working with Microsoft to see if we will enhance the obtain expertise.”

It’s price noting that what’s taking place isn’t the results of some wide-spread drawback with the sport. Microsoft Flight Simulator has been extensively praised by critics, together with our personal Alex Donaldson, who known as it “a exceptional launch match for seasoned pilots and learners alike”, this was merely concern for gamers.

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