Elite Dangerous has launched for the PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 players can flock to the Elite Dangerous universe beginning today, thanks to the game’s official launch on that console, complete with adjustments for touchpad controls and even a “fast headlook” mode for wireless controllers.

Elite Dangerous and the Elite Dangerous: Horizons season pass are now available digitally on the PlayStation Store as standalone products or together as part of the Commander Deluxe Edition, complete with the bonus Commander Paint Pack. Elite Dangerous is also available at physical retail stores for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition, featuring Elite Dangerous, the Elite Dangerous: Horizons season pass and a bonus 1,000 Frontier Points for purchasing in-game cosmetic items.”

Meanwhile, players have made yet another discovery in the Thargoid storyline. We’ve embedded the launch trailer and new lore bits below!

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Source: Press release. Thanks, Cotic!
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mysecretid

I had a helluva bad time trying to control my ship, or to make it do anything useful on command, with my Steam PC version of the game.

Not blaming the game itself for that, merely explaining.

Also the game on PC was noticeably expensive when I bought it, so I ended up pretty frustrated by the whole experience, and let go of Elite: Dangerous fairly quickly.

I’d be curious to try again on my PS4, as I seem to have better luck with controller setups for certain types of games — so long as it’s not so expensive that I’d have to sell the cat to buy it.

The cat may be a weirdo, but I like it.

Cheers,

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Xijit

I fired up tutorial (PC version) as soon as it finished downloading, imedatly said “oh hell no,” and popped into the settings menu to switch roll to the A&D keys / yaw to mouse left and right.

Whoever thought up that key layout should have been slapped.

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mysecretid

That keyboard layout was definitely a “what were they thinking?” moment. :-)

So far, so good with the PS4 version, but while I’m finding the new tutorial improved, it still doesn’t go into enough detail (in my opinion) for utter E:D n00bs like me.

Also, the process of entering and landing your ship in space stations is sort of needlessly complex.

You have to enter through a spinning narrow “mail slot” entrance without crashing, and then ,manually land on a pad inside — all withing ten real-time minutes of requesting docking clearance. If the timer expires, you have to try all over again.

I’m sure I’ll get it, my point is that the design is goofy — given the level of tech in the game-universe, I find the notion that there isn’t an option to have your ship’s computer dock you automatically hard to believe.

As you’ve probably heard before, one of the reasons astronauts even today go on space missions? — humans are the best “back-up hard drives” ever!

If and when the computers fail, the humans are there to fix problems in ways that the computers can’t fix themselves. If all goes well, astronauts are simply extra cargo. :-)

Cheers,

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mysecretid

Follow-up: the game wasn’t screamingly expensive on the PS4, so I decided to give the game one last chance.

I’m only in the flight tutorial bits right now, but so far, I’m finding the PS4 controls a lot easier — and a lot more natural/intuitive — to control than the keyboard-and-mouse version.

Here’s hoping the good times last!

Cheers,

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Roger Melly

I wonder if a ps3 or xbox controller would work on the PC . I had huge problems controlling a ship with keyboard and mouse .

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Scratches

I had the same issues with the kb+mouse controls, but I can confirm, yes, E:D does support controllers.

Not sure if it supports the PSx controllers on PC, but it def supports Xbox controllers (and is noticeably more enjoyable when using them)

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Estranged

Roger, you need a controller or hotas.

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CapnLan

Can confirm for using an Xbox One controller. I bought the wireless conversion kit so I can kick my chair back a bit and lounge while I fly. I also bought the chatpad attachment so I have all my keyboard keybinds attached to it. I can control the entire game and all it’s functions from my controller. It’s very nice and I highly recommend it for those who don’t like using keyboard and mouse but don’t want to go all in for a HOTAS rig.

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zeko_rena

I assume its not cross platform? :(
Be nice to have more people in space, might make me log in for once

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cmdr_cotic

Another video from ObsidianAnt exploring the inside of one of these alien structures. Super cool and reminds me of the original Alien film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDUoC9FZXec

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Scrungle

My biggest suggestion for new PS4 Commander is to take your time and don’t rush. My biggest regret in the PC version is that I rushed and got bored (250 Hoursish).

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primal

sorry PS4 players but no refunds when you find its trash. sorry guys

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Scrungle

Show us on the sidewinder where the laser touched you.

cmdr_cotic
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cmdr_cotic

Is this sort of shit talk really necessary, Just because the game is not for you does not mean it is trash. People simply like different things.

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turtf

Check out the low Steam and metacritic users review scores. If that doesn’t mean A LOT of players think Elite Dangerous is trash, what does???

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cmdr_cotic

Which has what to do with anything? The point, which you seem to be missing, is just because a person dislikes something does not objectively make it crap. By all means criticise but give valid reasons for criticising.

You can point to negative reviews on Steam or metacritic but they are completely outweighed by positive reviews, by at least 2 or 3:1 which means a lot more players think Elite Dangerous is good…. smh

A game that would be seen as crap by the majority of its owners would be No Man’s Sky, that has 68% of 74,500 reviews as negative on Steam, so only 32% are positive.

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turtf

> The point, which you seem to be missing, is just because a person dislikes something does not objectively make it crap.

Takes a look are the latest metacritic review below, which perhaps will help you understand. For example, “Finally, the game is full of bugs. It’s best to consider this game a beta if you want to play it without getting frustrated with all the bugs.” That’s not just someone saying thet dislike the game. That’s someone saying the game is crap. Perhaps you don’t mind if a game is bug-ridden. Most players do mind.

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My opinions: a mile wide, an inch deep, spend way too much time interacting with ui, broken background simulation (factions etc.), broken powerplay, no weapon balancing or interesting combat. Every patch has actually been a step back for the game, starting with Engineers relying heavily on random number generation to increase ships abilities, to multicrew being almost void of anything they advertised.

For combat, it’s not very deep. You set 4 pips to systems, 2 pips to weapons, and use the latest overpowered weapons that FDev have failed to balance. Multiplayer is an afterthought, since the peer to peer multiplayer system has so many issues putting players together. You will spend about five times more time trying to find enemies because of “Instancing” than actually fighting.

For trading, there is no economy system. Prices can vary a small amount up or down on items, but that’s it. So, you buy low and sell high. Trading gets very stale after about 20 hours.

Mining is peaceful but dull.

Exploration is a waste of time, for what? Screenshots? Exploration is 95% this: you fly around the star, scan while scooping fuel for about 10 seconds, engage engines, jump for 40 seconds (loading screen). So, you spend 80% of your time looking at loading screens – what they call “Witch Space”. The only thing you can do ingame while in Witch Space (loading screen) is chat, but all other systems are locked, so most people end up watching hours and hours of shows/movies WHILE playing the game. So, you think 80% of your time wasted is not bad? Some of these places you need to go explore are 500-1000 jumps away, which can add up to well over 1000 minutes or 20 hours. So, that’s 16 hours of staring at a loading screen but every minute, so you can’t leave.

Finally, the game is full of bugs. It’s best to consider this game a beta if you want to play it without getting frustrated with all the bugs.

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primal

yeah i know but main thing is, dont expect a refund from sony its like trying get blood from a stone

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Zander

Grats space buddies. Should make for some good explore and space bucks.

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Estranged

I have the PC version, but will prefer the PS4 experience.

Good day for me.

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CapnLan

Welcome aboard PS4 Commanders! You have quite a ride ahead of you. I thought I’d give a few quick tips to any new Commanders looking to dive in.

1. Never Fly Without Rebuy – Death in Elite is penalized with ship insurance fees. If you cannot afford your insurance fee then your ship and all the equipment you had on it is lost. Forever. If you do not have the insurance to pay for the ship you are flying then do not undock. Switch to another ship and fly that one to get the money to afford the ship you want to fly. This isn’t much of a problem early on when ships are cheap but is absolutely a factor on high end ships. My Federal Corvette for example has a 31,000,000 credit rebuy. Best get into this practice right away.

2. Experiment and mess up when you first start – Go ahead and experiment and mess up when you first start. You have infinite free Sidewinders (newbie ship) so insurance fees on this little dude do not apply. Faceplant into the ground while trying to dock, misjudge the Mail Slot (station dock entrance/exit) and smash into walls, shoot the wrong person on accident and get smoked…it’s all fine. Doing so in the Sidey won’t cost you anything while you learn your way around. Just remember Rule 1 when you move to other ships.

3. Take your time – Elite is a long term game. I’m at around 550 hours according to Steam and still have much to do. Rushing will just burn you out fast. Take your time, explore around, and do whatever strikes your fancy at any given time.

4. Don’t get stuck in one system – Don’t feel that you need to stay in the starting system or any other system if it isn’t working out for you. There’s no traditional quests or missions that lead you on any sort of system progression. You don’t go to one system then finish the quest line there before the game leads you to another. If you’re bored in one system, then leave it. There’s literally 400 BILLION star systems in this game. Get out there and check them out.

5. Mind your Reputation – When you first roll up into a new system you won’t find many good missions there. You have to gain rep with the local factions there to unlock the high paying missions. Fortunately this is relatively easy. Things like selling exploration data, bounty hunting, or running data delivery missions will rank up your local rep fast. Don’t get discouraged if you see bad low paying missions in a new system. Do a few low paying missions to get your rep up and then you will see the good stuff roll in. Data delivery is my rep up mission type of choice.

6. Mind your ship size – There are 3 sizes of ships in Elite. Small, Medium, and Large. Large ships seem appealing but have one major drawback: They can’t dock at outposts. Outposts can ONLY fit Small and Medium ship sizes. This means that Large ships literally CANNOT do any missions that require use of an outpost. I have all the ships in the game but still keep a fleet of Medium sized ships around for running outpost missions. Keep that in mind when you choose your ships. Getting a bigger ship is not necessarily the end goal. Use the right ship for the job.

7. Li Yong Rui space has discounts on ships and modules – Saving money on ships and mods is important for a new Commander. Every station in Li Yong Rui space gives 15% discounts on them. Main system that I use is Diaguandri.

8. Use a Fuel Scoop – Your ships have fuel. You can run out of fuel in space and get stranded. Equip your ships with a Fuel Scoop and you can scoop fuel from stars as you fly past them. Never run out of fuel again. Don’t be a Fool and Scoop your Fuel.

There’s a ton more but that’s all I had right off for now. In the meantime, come on in and enjoy the ride!

Estranged
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Estranged

that – thank you so much, I have only tinkered with the PC version and this helps greatly.

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Paragon Lost

Nice informative post. :)

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Major Glitch

Been thinking of giving this game a whirl. Anyone got any advice?

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cmdr_cotic

On sale at the moment (PC) so as great a time as any to give it a whirl. Check out some of Obsidian Ant’s videos for good tips on getting started etc.

turtf
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turtf

Typical for Frontier, they’ve shipped the PS4 version with
a major graphics fault (screentearing) on top of a mass of bugs ported from the PC version.

They are telling “Unfortunately I don’t have any further information on this to give you right now.” https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/6jibfe/frontier_responds_on_ps4_screen_tear/?st=j4fojiy4&sh=cdcb42f9

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cmdr_cotic

It seems only you think it is that big of a deal, there’s that 1 thread on reddit with about 30 replies and I can find 1 thread on the forum with maybe 20 replies and people don’t appear to be that bothered by it. So either it got fixed or it is a very sporadic thing. If it was happening continuously then you’d have a point but this just sounds like bitching.

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turtf

> It seems only you think it is that big of a deal

Then why are so many other players saying they find it unacceptable??

> If it was happening continuously then you’d have a point

It is happening continuously. So far it looks like it affects the game on every PS4 unit, whenever the view direction shifts.

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primal

dont see how it can be sporadic when every ps4 is supposed to be the same

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kei2371

David Braben is holding an AMA on Reddit, already asked the question hope to get an answer. And it is a big thing, just PS4 players use forums less than PC players. It was a noticed thing by the devs during the pre-launch stream, and even they were surprised by it!

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turtf

@kei2371 I saw your question and Braben ignored it. Someone else asked, and Braben evaded it.

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