Today Frontier Developments has announced that its massively multiplayer space epic, Elite Dangerous will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in Q2 2017. The title already supports Xbox One and PC, with the latter also compatible with head-mounted displays (HMDs) Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The confirmation of PlayStation 4 support for next year was noticeably absent of news regarding Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) PlayStation VR, but its seems the headset hasn’t been forgotten.Elite Dangerous has its own dedicated Reddit sub, on which Frontier Developments posted details of the announcement and answered questions. Naturally a Redditor asked about PlayStation VR support, to which the studio replied: “We’ve got a heck of a title for VR, as already seen with Vive and Oculus. We’re definitely interested in doing this, but right now we have no news on it. We’ve got a lot of work to do back-end to make sure that any new technology we support maintains our high quality benchmark.”
So while its no confirmation that SIE’s HMD will see support for the launch of Elite Dangerous on PlayStation 4, Frontier definitely hasn’t quashed the idea.
If you’ve not encountered Elite Dangerous before its an open-world adventure set within the 400 billion star systems of the Milky Way. Players can trade, fight, explore or just try to survive, beginning with a small starship and some cash, then heading out into the vastness of space on their own adventure.
When Elite Dangerous launches on PlayStation 4 it’ll come with every game expansion to date, the full Elite Dangerous: Horizons season pass and custom features for the console, including:
- Touch Navigation. Explore Elite Dangerous’ map of the Milky Way with a swipe using touchpad controls that make navigation fast and easy.
- Extra Control. Customize four additional touchpad ‘hotkeys’ to suit your own play style.
- Fast Headlook. Quickly track your enemies in the heat of combat with optional motion-based headlook controls powered by the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller.
And for those that have bought a PlayStation 4 Pro console, players will further benefit from enhanced performance throughout Elite Dangerous.
“We’re thrilled to bring Elite Dangerous to PlayStation 4,” said Frontier CEO and Elite co-creator David Braben. “Elite Dangerous is unlike any other space game, with a rich multiplayer or single-player space, a true-to-life galaxy including our own entire night sky, real physics, unique ship handling characteristics and a player-driven narrative that’s really heating up. The galaxy has been stable for centuries, but all that is about to change. PlayStation 4 players will be joining our galaxy at a very exciting time.”
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