Hey, Elite: Dangerous Is Actually Out Today

Hey, Elite: Dangerous Is Actually Out Today

After months of early-access alphas and betas and gammas(?), Elite: Dangerous is officially out today. I’ve been playing various incarnations of Frontier’s space-sim off and on for a while now, and really dig it. I started back in August, when I went deep into my VR immersion tank and played a bunch of the game with an Oculus Rift.

I’m going to be playing a lot of the final game, both while using Oculus Rift and on a regular screen, and will be writing about it for Kotaku. For now, however, since the retail version just came out and I’m drowning in year-end stuff, I’ve bumped up some impressions I wrote back in August.

A lot of things have changed since I wrote this, of course: The Oculus implementation is now much better and much easier to use, with lower latency and better head-tracking, which makes it a lot easier to play for extended periods of time. The game is generally a lot less buggy. The galaxy is much bigger, and there are lots of new types of missions to undertake. There have been a ton of small and large tweaks to the economy, navigational controls, and that kind of thing, too. And there’s a whole story mode, which I have yet to even try.

I’ll have more on the final game soon. In the meantime, if you’re playing… see you out there.


  • How is the need for internet connection, if your connection drops are you immediately out of the game?

    Asurmen says:
    Actually there’s a number of server problems. Some people are losing connection to the transaction server, including me meaning no Elite Dangerous for the time being.
    16/12/2014 at 22:15 Stellar Duck says:
    Thank god for offli… oh, wait.

    Think I’ll sit this release out.

  • I do love how that gif shows a rotating hanger as you’re entering the station, that really brings back memories of all the times I smashed my ship into that bloody hanger as a kid because I couldn’t comprehend at the time why a space station would be spinning.

    Artificial gravity be damned.

    • yeah I remember that. I used to always save for my docking computer as one of my first purchases 🙂

  • steam is a bloatfest, glad its not on it

    also game is toooo awesome , if you like xwing vs tie fighter or any space game you will love this game,

    400 billion star systems to make yourself home with,

    • I know right, why would you wanna release a game you hope sells well on the number one games platform in the *world*…

          • do you see world of Warcraft or league of legends on steam, are they the biggest games on twitch? possibly the world?

          • Bad comparison, WoW already had an instilled userbase from Warcraft onwards. Elite has a nostalgia aspect with a few people. If you think E.Dangerous is going to have anywhere near their numbers you’re just yanking your own flesh pole.

          • no im saying why wouldn’t steam have them in their library also if steam is so good? steam is not good, its full of crap and games dont need it to be successful.

  • Might wait until the price drops a bit.

    Tbh I like having everything in Steam, call it what you wan’t its a pretty solid Game manager.
    I have a few hundred titles in my library and it’s good knowing that they are all in one place, Sometimes I feel like playing pc games in the loungroom with the big TV using the low spec media PC, with steams sorcery I can play high end graphical games on said tv via the streaming feature.

    Not Origin though, Origin can suck a dick.

  • So much tension. So much destruction. Feel like I’ve gone on an amazing journey.
    And that’s just me learning how to dock. Can’t wait till I actually leave the Starport.

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