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New Elite: Dangerous Video Showcases Vive, Explains Updates

Last month Frontier Developments announced that its popular space simulation videogame, Elite: Dangerous, would be getting support for Valve and HTC’s Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Integration will be arriving as part of a free update for the title before the year’s end, with the device itself also launching in a limited fashion in time for holiday 2015. Recently Frontier Developments has released a new video recapping the title’s showing at the EGX consumer show in Birmingham, UK, where it provided the first look at the upcoming support for the HMD.

Seen below, the video first provides a look at the new Elite: Dangerous booth, replacing the circular table that many will have seen at previous events. As fans give reactions there are also glimpses of the developer session from the event, which saw team members including David Braben discussing the upcoming new season of content in Elite: Dangerous Horizons. This new wave of updates will include brand new features such as planetary landings, which have also had their first screenshots released.

Although Elite: Dangerous is soon to add support for the HTC Vive, the developer is currently holding back when it comes to the Oculus Rift. Although the title has supported the HMD since its alpha stages Frontier Developments has decided to halt work on the integration while Oculus VR continues to release new software development kits (SDK) that require constant updating and adjustments. SDK 1.0 is targeted for release in December 2015, however, so support may be brought back up to scratch around this time.

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