[MOD] Use Steam Overlay with Microsoft Store version of Flight Simulator

Enables steam game overlay for the Microsoft Store version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

:point_right: Finally use Steam with Microsoft Store version of Flight Simulator
:point_right: Use steam web browser during flight (for airport charts, etc.)
:point_right: FS window is focused automatically
:point_right: Works on single and multi-monitor setup
:point_right: Locale independent, all languages supported
:point_right: Skips intros and “press any key” screen automatically
:point_right: Shows a Flight Simulator splash screen

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Download FSSteamOverlay2020 from GitHub:

https://github.com/AmbitiousPilots/FSSteamOverlay2020/releases/download/v1.0.1/FSSteamOverlay2020.zip

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About

At the time of writing the way Microsoft Flight Simulator is installed on your machine when you bought the Microsoft Store version prevents Steam from accessing the FlightSimulator.exe making it impossible to add it as Non-Steam Game, thus the Steam Overlay cannot be enabled. Also taking ownership of the Flight Simulator files does not work.

Therefore I created a workaround that makes it possible to add the Steam Game Overlay to the Microsoft Store version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

It’s based on “FSJumpStarter2020”, so the intros and “press any key” screen are skipped automatically for you as well.

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Instructions

  1. Download the latest FSSteamOverlay2020 release and extract the zip file anywhere you like.
    (The files need to stay together as they’re interdependent)

  2. Add “FSSteamOverlay2020.exe” as Non-Steam Game to your steam library.

Optionally create a desktop shortcut:
Right click on FSSteamOverlay2020 in the steam library → Manage → Add desktop shortcut

Optionally rename the non-steam game:
Right click on FSSteamOverlay2020 in the steam library → Properties → change “FSSteamOverlay2020” into “Microsoft Flight Simulator” - This is what your steam friends will see when you start Flight Simulator via FSSteamOverlay2020.

  1. Start Microsoft Flight Simulator with the FSSteamOverlay2020 desktop shortcut or directly through steam.

  2. That’s it. Hit “Shift + Tab” and enjoy the Steam Game Overlay!
    (In case the steam overlay is not visible initially, press and hold the right “shift” and “tab” keys once)

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Questions, remarks and feature requests are more than welcome!

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Reserved post.

This no longer works, because MSFS doesn’t have the Press A Key… issue anymore. Using this launcher now causes issues with keystrokes being seen in the welcome screen and makes FS unusable (works fine without this launcher). Can we get one that ONLY gives the Steam overlay capability without sending any keystrokes to the app?

Sure. I’ll update FSSteamOverlay2020 :wink:

Is it possible to do this with other Windows Store games? I’d love to get the Steam overlay in a few others.

Sure, that is possible. However that’s not the scope of the project and making it work for other titles requires custom adjustments.

I might open a new repository on GitHub where you can open an issue requesting all the games you’d like to have the steam overlay working on.

Will update you when that is the case :+1:

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Hi, will this work in VR ?

Yes, the SDK and WebAssembly have been improved. I’ll rework the steam overlay. Keep an eye on this thread, as I’ll update it when a new release of FSSteamOverlay2020 is published.