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Elite: Dangerous Launches Mac Beta

Fans of Frontier Development’s popular space simulation title, Elite: Dangerous, have been enjoying the videogame on PC since December 2014. Those that are hoping to play the virtual reality (VR) compatible experience on Mac however are still waiting on their chance to get involved. The new edition is aiming for a spring 2015 release, although the developer is yet to confirm a specific date for it. That said, the Mac version has recently taken another big step towards release as Frontier Developments has launched its Beta testing period.

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The Mac Beta is available to anyone that tested the Alpha or Beta versions of the PC edition of Elite: Dangerous. Users need simply visit the official store, access their account and find a launcher in the ‘My Downloadable Products’ section. Users will have to start fresh with a new save on the Beta but will also benefit from reduced ship prices. Frontier Developments is calling for feedback on the title in a new area of its official forums. The studio would specifically like to hear about performance in different ship cockpits and more.

Recommended specs for the Beta include:

– 27-inch iMac (Purchased in 2014/2015 – Current Line)

– 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5

– 8GB memory

– NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M with 2GB video memory / AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory

– Mac OS 10.10.x (10.10.03 recommended)

Further optimisations will reduce these specifics over time. It’s not clear if the Beta features support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) over time. Frontier Developments didn’t mention just how long it intends to keep the Mac version in Beta. The developer is also planning an Xbox One version of the title, with a PlayStation 4 release likely to be made following that.

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