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Elite: Dangerous Heading to E3, Frontier to Reveal Next Game

UK-based studio Frontier Developments continues to push on at full steam with its virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation title, Elite: Dangerous. The Beta testing phase for the latest update to the videogame, titled Powerplay, is due to launch today, with a full release not too far behind. The developer also recently released a Mac version of the title and is working on another port to Microsoft’s Xbox One console. With so much going on in the Elite: Dangerous world, Frontier Developments will likely have plenty to share at E3 next month.

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The team has recently confirmed that it will be heading to the event in Los Angeles from 16th – 18th June 2015 with Elite: Dangerous in tow. While the title, which supports the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), will be available on the show floor, Frontier Developments will also be appearing at the recently announced PC Gaming Show on 16th June, where it has confirmed that it will be revealing its next original self-published title. It’s not yet clear if this title could also support VR devices.

E3 is expected to be a big show for VR as a whole, with Oculus VR set to hold its own press conference on the consumer Oculus Rift on 11th June while Sony Computer Entertainment will be further detailing its Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4 at its own show on 15th June. As for Elite: Dangerous, the title has a bright future with the technology, as founder David Braben recently confirmed to VRFocus that the team will be supporting VR kits to release in the future. This could well mean that support for the HTC Vive HMD is on the way among others.

VRFocus will be at E3 itself to deliver all of the latest updates on VR technology and compatible videogames.

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  1. The “next original self-published title” that they’ve stated they’re revealing at the PC Gaming Show is expected to be Coaster Park Tycoon which they announced in January 2015 but as yet have not “revealed” anything.

    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=105309

    If the game has a first person ride testing mode as Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 (developed by Frontier in 2004) did then that would be a perfect use of a VR headset although it may make you puke for real. 😀

  2. Frontier completely broke and abandoned VR in it’s latest 1.3 beta update. DK2 is broken across the board and Elite: Dangerous is still running on a old (.4) runtime. Good game in VR, until they dropped it.

    1. I very much doubt they have dropped it, the implementation is probably lagging behind a little is all. They always have elite in vr at there shows it is such a big selling point.

    2. Have you got a link to the source where they say they’ve abandoned VR rather than just broken something in the BETA TEST of 1.3?

      Everything I’ve ever seen from Frontier has made me believe they’re committed to VR for the long haul.

    3. Knee Jerk reaction much Paul?
      I had no issues with DK2 in 1.3 BETA after spending 15 minutes to reset SweetFX and reset my downsampling resolution in the graphics tab in ED.
      Did you make sure your settings are all correct?

    4. @Paul Bryant.

      You do know what a BETA test is right? Things break, then they fix them.

      The 0.6 Oculus code release broke VR in Elite Dangerous. That’s why Frontier went back to the 0.5 version TO FIX IT. It’s now working as of beta v5.

      @Vanni

      MACS never had Oculus support to begin with and Apple’s crap overpriced hardware couldn’t use it even if they did.

      http://www.macworld.com/article/2922722/no-oculus-rift-for-the-mac-but-your-mac-couldnt-handle-it-anyway.html

  3. “Everything I’ve ever seen from Frontier has made me believe they’re committed to VR for the long haul.”

    You didn’t see the recent release of Elite Dangerous for Mac.

    VR GONE.

    You didn’t see the latest game description on the Frontier store.

    VR GONE.

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