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Frontier Denies Elite: Dangerous SteamVR Exclusivity, Still Working with Oculus

With the launch of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) set to take place within the next three months, fans of Frontier Developments’ Elite: Dangerous are hoping that updated support for the kit will soon be restored to the title. Last year the developer put work on the then-available support on hold as multiple updates to Oculus VR’s software development kit (SDK) were causing issues. Sadly, despite working with Oculus VR itself on support, it doesn’t appear that Frontier Developments are much closer to bringing it back up to speed just yet.

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Zac Antonaci, Head of Community Management, recently explained as much over on the title’s official forums. “With the news that Oculus are starting pre order of their consumer version tomorrow, I wanted to just make a quick post to confirm that we are still actively working with Oculus but currently the only SDK we are able to officially support is 0.6,” he wrote. The Oculus SDK is currently operating at version 1.0, which removes support for titles developed using older editions of the kit, as has been the case with each update since 0.6.

“First of all, I just wanted to confirm that VR certainly is a priority. We really do believe in the immersion and experience VR brings and we’re delighted to leading the way in that field,” Antonaci later added. “As we’ve said previoulsy, we are actively working with Oculus and we will be keeping people updated as soon as we can.” He also confirm that Frontier Developments does not have an exclusivity deal with SteamVR and the HTC Vive, which is the only HMD that supports the title right now.

This will no doubt come as a disappointment to many fans that had been enjoying Elite: Dangerous on the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and looked forward to playing it on the consumer version of the device, though all is not lost. Hopefully the pair will be able to work around these issues in the near future and deliver full Oculus Rift support for the title, especially since the second season of updates is now well underway in Elite Dangerous: Horizons.

VRFocus will continue to follow Elite: Dangerous‘ VR support, reporting back with any further updates on the situation.