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Frontier Developments Announces HTC Vive Support for Elite: Dangerous

Last month UK-based studio Frontier Developments announced that it was halting support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for its popular space simulation title, Elite: Dangerous. The developer reasoned that it will wait for the full production version of Oculus VR’s upcoming software development kit (SDK) rather than contend with the schedule of future updates, which will continue to remove support for titles developed with older versions. But VR is still a big part of Elite: Dangerous. To that end, Frontier Developments has today confirmed support for Valve’s SteamVR system.

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That news of course means that the title, which launched back in late 2014, will support the HTC Vive HMD, made in partnership with the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. Support will arrive via a free update when the device itself launches in a limited fashion towards the end of this year. A wider launch for the HTC Vive is expected later on in 2016. Frontier Developments itself will be at EGX in Birmingham, UK this week and will showcase the title running on the new HMD.

“We’re thrilled to announce SteamVR support as part of the ongoing expansion of Elite Dangerous,” Frontier Developments Creative Director Jonny Watts said of the news. “Back in December 2013 we were among the first to support virtual reality with a triple-A game, and for me, exploring, trading and fighting throughout Elite Dangerous’ 1:1 scale Milky Way remains an unequaled virtual reality experience. We have been working closely with Valve to bring Elite Dangerous to HTC Vive, and we are delighted with the quality we have been able to achieve.”

To celebrate the news, Elite: Dangerous is hosting a week-long sale on both its own store and Steam. The title will be available at 40 percent off, coming to £17.99 GBP ($26.99 USD, €22.49 EUR, 1,349 Rubles).

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