Elite Dangerous releases CQC update and launches on Xbox One

Watch out: Elite Dangerous just might be stealing everyone’s thunder this week with a double-whammy release day.

First up is the game’s long-awaited close quarters combat (CQC) update, which allows players to fight in arenas with smaller, more agile ships. There are three fighter craft from which to choose with this update: the Federal Fighter, Eagle, or Sidewinder. Frontier is preparing a $100,000 CQC tournament for the occasion that includes visits to the game studio and $15,000 payouts for winners.

In addition to the CQC patch, Frontier is launching Elite Dangerous on Xbox One today. It can be purchased through the system’s digital store for $37.49 and contains console-specific changes, including a new control scheme, achievements, and support for friends lists.

Source: Patch notes, CQC tournament. Thanks to Cotic and PhoenixDfire for the tip!
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Pixelmancer
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Pixelmancer

Armsbend Cotic_OP I hadn’t really been familiar with binaural audio until Elite Dangerous came along. Credit where it’s due, the audio they have in the game is absolutely the best that I have ever experienced and adds a massive amount to the immersion.

PhoenixDfire
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PhoenixDfire

aviaticonis Although I understand what your saying and to some degree I agree but I don’t think using Elite: Dangerous as a stick to beat Star Citizen is helpful.

Mostly because it will just attract the SC trolls and instead of them focusing and critisiing their own game (which they should be), they’ll just turn up and bad mouth E:D.

At least we don’t have smart turning up.

aviaticonis
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aviaticonis

I made a test. I told people that never heard about any of these games, that one of them is a $90m Arena PvP Space Sim and asked them to guess which one:

This one:

or this one:

Tried with 10 people. From different countries/cultures, all gamers but that never saw one or another game. I tried to with another 10 which actually know both too. Everyone elected the 2nd as the $90m game. Unanimous.

When I told to the 1st 10 that they were wrong and that the 2nd was made in less development time, with a lot less money than the 1st, they were shocked.

Lesson learned: More money, more time, more quality, better game? Bullshit!

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Cotic_OP Damn that was fun to watch. game is updating as we speak.

PhoenixDfire
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PhoenixDfire

Dixa They work very well and you can cutomise them quite easily. The only gripe I have is push in click on the left and right sticks that change the roll to yaw and visa versa. I haven’t found the option to disable them yet. A Good backup if my PC version stops working. ;-)

Tufty
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Tufty

Dixa Works really well i used a xbox controller on my PC for a few months, until i could afford a Jaystick HOTAS setup

Vikingr
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Vikingr

GoJammit 
Aha, PC gamers? I new I was part of an important group! I feel elevated. :P

Kataq
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Kataq

Cotic_OP And much better stuff is coming, and I’m not even talking about Horizons.

The mission update coming next patch (1.5) will include assassination missions with a time and place for a target like in FE2…. omgomgomg :D

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Cotic_OP I don’t know if they have year-end awards for sound but I haven’t heard anything close to Elite’s quality in sound effects.

Cotic_OP
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Cotic_OP

Really good patch, some very nice changes. Isinona put out one of his videos showing CQC with flight assist off, he makes it look so bloody easy..

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Vikingr Armsbend

Armsbend
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Armsbend

lapo Dixa They’ve been doing the same thing with the R 1,2 L 1,2 buttons since the PS2 FFXI.  Easy, sometimes preferable.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Vikingr Armsbend Cthulhu and the Deep Sea Ones.

Vikingr
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Vikingr

This release is great. Actually, I feel like congratulating Frontier after every release/update they publish. Happy birthday, Frontier! :)

Vikingr
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Vikingr

Armsbend 
Master race? What is that?

lapo
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lapo

Dixa Keep the combat stuff readily available and move the non combat stuff to button combinations. Using a button or two as “shift” keys you can map the whole thing to a Xbox controller.

Dixa
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Dixa

curious how it controls on console. takes a crap ton of keybinds to operate the ship on pc – joystick and throttle pretty much required.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Nordavind for reals.  The lines between master race and consoles is blurring.  Just a little.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Space combat on console? Yes please.

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