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Elite: Dangerous Mac Release Date, Minimum/Recommended Specs Revealed

PC owners have been able to enjoy Frontier Developments’ popular space simulation videogame, Elite: Dangerous, since December 2014, but those with Macs are still waiting to get in on the action. The developer has in the past promised a spring 2015 release for the new version and has recently been testing it out via a Beta. This week will see Frontier Developments make good on its past promise as it has revealed the launch date for the Mac version of the title along with the minimum and recommended specifications to play it with.


The Mac version of Elite: Dangerous comes out of Beta on 12th May 2015. As VRFocus has reported in the past, the new version will allow for cross-play with the original PC build. “Our Mac team worked hard on the unique technical challenges Mac presents,” the developer noted in a weekly newsletter, “overcoming them for a game that looks and plays as well on a high-end Mac as it does on a comparable PC.”

The minimum spec is a Mac with:

NVIDIA GT 650M 1GB or equivalent.

Internet connection (for solo play), broadband internet connection (for multiplayer).

The recommended spec is a Mac with:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M with 2GB video memory or AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory.

Internet connection (for solo play), broadband internet connection (for multiplayer).

“We want to welcome all the new Mac players joining our galaxy,” the newsletter concluded. “And remember: buying Elite: Dangerous for Mac or PC automatically unlocks the other format for free. If you’re already playing on PC, you’ll see a Mac launcher available on your accounts starting Tuesday.”

Once the Mac version launches Frontier Developments will next be bringing the title to the Xbox One console, with plans for a PlayStation 4 version then arriving after that. The developer is also currently planning its third major update to the title in the form of Elite: Dangerous Powerplay, which adds a brand new factions-based system to the proceedings.

VRFocus will continue to follow Elite: Dangerous closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.

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