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Elite Dangerous is coming to Xbox One, but "will not be dumbed down" [UPDATE: PS4 too!]

Jonathan Lester
Elite: Dangerous, Space sims, Xbox One Games

Space sims are almost extinct on consoles, but in a surprise move, Dave Braben has announced that Elite Dangerous will be coming to Xbox One as a full-fat, no-compromise, feature-complete version.

The new console edition will arrive this year, sharing the same updating galaxy state as the PC and Mac original, while providing an "authentic gameplay experience."

“Elite: Dangerous on Xbox One will be the complete and authentic Elite: Dangerous experience", Braben explained on the forums. "It will not be “dumbed down”. We’ll be working with an all-new audience, but that doesn’t mean a change in direction for the game, and nor does it mean slowing development on the PC version."

Considering that Elite Dangerous works brilliantly on a traditional controller, we can see it translating well to a home console, though there's still a number of keyboard shortcuts that I fall back on. Perhaps we'll see some new radial menus, or better yet, Kinect voice commands. DarkStar One did a reasonable job of providing a singleplayer space sim experience on Xbox 360, so it's not impossible. To be honest I'd love a new range of Xbox One-compatible flight yokes, mind.

We never managed to review Elite Dangerous due to its enormous and evolving state, but having sucked at played a great deal of it over the last few months, I can safely say that it's brilliant if somewhat daunting. It will be interesting to see how the console version fares.

UPDATE: Braben has confirmed that the Xbox One deal is time-exclusive, and that Elite Dangerous will eventually arrive on PS4 too.

"Sure. Mac of course, then down the line we will support more, including PS4. The XB1 is a timed exclusive."

The more the merrier, frankly. It'll still probably release before Star Citizen!

Add a comment4 comments
Anarchist  Mar. 5, 2015 at 15:44

Well I never expected that...!

Amazing! I can soon relive my youthful experiences, of taking off then crashing straight back into the ground.


JonLester  Mar. 5, 2015 at 15:58

I know, right? I currently play E:D with a console controller, so it'll work with a few accessibility tweaks.

" I can soon relive my youthful experiences, of taking off then crashing straight back into the ground."

This^^ Used to smash into stations constantly in Frontier Elite 2, and to be perfectly honest, I still do.

Last edited by JonLester, Mar. 5, 2015 at 15:59
JonLester  Mar. 5, 2015 at 16:02

UPDATE: It's coming to PS4 eventually too. https://twitter.com/DavidBraben/status/573505047008444416

Late  Mar. 5, 2015 at 18:38

Fantastic news.


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