Frontier : Elite Dangerous on PC will be future proof title

#1 Posted by Cloud_imperium (5871 posts) -

Eurogamer Writes :

Frontier Developments is aiming to future proof open world space game Elite: Dangerous so it stays relevant for years after launch.

Frontier chief David Braben told Eurogamer that the developer is adding a raft of graphical effects to the game that some players won't have a powerful enough PC to enable. But there are plenty of graphical sliders and checks that should help the game run on a variety of specifications when Elite launches proper before the end of 2014.

"We're going through some wonderful effects internally that look truly beautiful, and we're saying, that slows the frame-rate a bit, doesn't it?" Braben told Eurogamer at the Develop conference last week.

"And we say yes, but we don't mind, because it looks so beautiful. But what we're going to do is attach it to this part of the detail slider. Or we'll call it out as a tick box."

The hope is that with the help of Moore's Law, which predicts that computing power will increase significantly every two years, and ever cheaper prices of graphics cards, Elite will continue to look impressive for years to come.

"Moore's law is our friend," Braben said.

"Even if your PC of today can't run with all the features on, your PC of tomorrow might."

In the current beta build of the game, you can take a screenshot by pressing the F10 button. But if you also hold down the alt button you get a HD screenshot of four times the resolution of what your rendering the game out at. The way it works is the game will briefly go into the high resolution, write out your screenshot, then go back again. This, Braben said, provides a glimpse at the Elite: Dangerous of the future.

"That's great because you start to see the richness," Braben said. "All our models are so detailed. We've got 4K coming now. It pushes today's graphics card to do 4K. I'm not pretending we're there yet. There's 8K in the wings. You can't buy 8K TVs yet, but you can buy 8K cameras. 8K TVs can't be that far away. It's just thinking, actually, that's going to traumatise today's PCs, even the top end workstations with things like Titan Blacks in them. But, that hardware will go on getting better and cheaper.

"And so I love the idea of being pretty future proofed."

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Braben also discusses alot of other stuff , so make sure to click source link above for more info .

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I think this is how every AAA PC game should be made . Support for lower end machines and something rewarding for the ones who own High End PCs . What you think .

#3 Posted by FelipeInside (26189 posts) -

Is this like EvE ?

#4 Posted by lawlessx (47146 posts) -

@FelipeInside said:

Is this like EvE ?

that's a pretty vague question man. I think elite is more similar to the X3 series..which is named the offline version of Eve online by its fans

#5 Posted by FelipeInside (26189 posts) -

@lawlessx said:

@FelipeInside said:

Is this like EvE ?

that's a pretty vague question man. I think elite is more similar to the X3 series..which is named the offline version of Eve online by its fans

Sorry for being vague.

My question was more specifically is this an MMO like EvE, or is it a single player game with PvP? etc.?

#6 Posted by Byshop (12617 posts) -

@lawlessx said:

@FelipeInside said:

Is this like EvE ?

that's a pretty vague question man. I think elite is more similar to the X3 series..which is named the offline version of Eve online by its fans

Eve in which you actually pilot your ship, but yes it's like a multiplayer version of X.

-Byshop

#7 Edited by pelvist (5221 posts) -

Get ready for all the complaining about it being poorly optimized then when people think their machine should run it at max settings.

#9 Posted by Byshop (12617 posts) -

@pelvist said:

Get ready for all the complaining about it being poorly optimized then when people think their machine should run it at max settings.

Runs fine on my machine. Silky smooth at full settings except when I'm running at 7680x1200.

-Byshop

#10 Posted by pelvist (5221 posts) -

@Byshop said:

@pelvist said:

Get ready for all the complaining about it being poorly optimized then when people think their machine should run it at max settings.

Runs fine on my machine. Silky smooth at full settings except when I'm running at 7680x1200.

-Byshop

It isnt that demanding atm as it doesnt include the settings and effects they have planned for the final version as described in the OP.

#11 Edited by uninspiredcup (12384 posts) -

I generally don't care now, as long as a game looks decent and runs nice, good enough.

#12 Posted by wis3boi (31956 posts) -

@FelipeInside said:

Is this like EvE ?

not remotely

#14 Posted by FelipeInside (26189 posts) -
@Byshop said:

@lawlessx said:

@FelipeInside said:

Is this like EvE ?

that's a pretty vague question man. I think elite is more similar to the X3 series..which is named the offline version of Eve online by its fans

Eve in which you actually pilot your ship, but yes it's like a multiplayer version of X.

-Byshop

Ok, but is it like an MMO with a vast universe to explore and do missions, or just arenas like a COD game?

Also, does it have some sort of demo or trial to try it out?

#15 Edited by naz99 (1777 posts) -

Only 11 more days for the next huge update!! can't bloody wait!

And i could Listen to David Braben talk about space all day :P

#16 Edited by naz99 (1777 posts) -

@FelipeInside said:
@Byshop said:

@lawlessx said:

@FelipeInside said:

Is this like EvE ?

that's a pretty vague question man. I think elite is more similar to the X3 series..which is named the offline version of Eve online by its fans

Eve in which you actually pilot your ship, but yes it's like a multiplayer version of X.

-Byshop

Ok, but is it like an MMO with a vast universe to explore and do missions, or just arenas like a COD game?

Also, does it have some sort of demo or trial to try it out?

Put it this way you will be able to visit everyone of these systems in this galaxy map

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#17 Posted by PredatorRules (8779 posts) -

WOW stunning graphics, I actually wait for this more than Star Citizen

#18 Posted by MBirdy88 (8999 posts) -

How long until we can spend a normal game price on the game to play?

#19 Posted by lawlessx (47146 posts) -

@MBirdy88 said:

How long until we can spend a normal game price on the game to play?

on the 27th the standard beta will cost $75 and after that the game will cost $50

my guess is Q4

#20 Edited by jer_1 (7451 posts) -

So what's the consensus on here about how the game plays? Is it worth the beta price of entry? The game looks quite amazing and my buddy seems to like it but how much depth is there currently to the game? Is there $75 worth of content in there right now?

#21 Posted by Byshop (12617 posts) -

@jer_1 said:

So what's the consensus on here about how the game plays? Is it worth the beta price of entry? The game looks quite amazing and my buddy seems to like it but how much depth is there currently to the game? Is there $75 worth of content in there right now?

Probably worth the $75, but not worth the $150 for the Premium Beta that's out now (if for no reason other than the fact that you can wait 9 days and pay half the price). I bought into the Premium Beta and I've been enjoying it, but I'm also a -huge- fan of games in this genre.

-Byshop

#22 Posted by jer_1 (7451 posts) -

@Byshop said:

@jer_1 said:

So what's the consensus on here about how the game plays? Is it worth the beta price of entry? The game looks quite amazing and my buddy seems to like it but how much depth is there currently to the game? Is there $75 worth of content in there right now?

Probably worth the $75, but not worth the $150 for the Premium Beta that's out now (if for no reason other than the fact that you can wait 9 days and pay half the price). I bought into the Premium Beta and I've been enjoying it, but I'm also a -huge- fan of games in this genre.

-Byshop

I was just on their store page and it says you can buy it now for $75 and play until the beta hits next week. Am I wrong or can you just pick it up now and be good to go?

#23 Posted by Byshop (12617 posts) -

@jer_1: Yeah, there are 8 single player missions that were included in the earlier packages that you can play. They are just single combat missions with no exploration or trading but I guess you can play them now.

-Byshop

#24 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4419 posts) -

I lurved Frontier sooo much on my Amiga. BUT as I've been scorned by Crap_Dogs I'll be waiting for reviews.

#25 Edited by jer_1 (7451 posts) -

Good point, I think I'm just going to wait it out for release now that I look into what you get against the price. The game does look fun and so far I've been told that they have the hotas controls set up better than Star Citizen so I'm excited to see how it performs. Come release I'll get this one for sure!

#26 Edited by skipper847 (3605 posts) -

What I like to no is will there be a boxed version or at least a steam version as don't want to buy it from there store.

#27 Posted by jer_1 (7451 posts) -

@skipper847 said:

What I like to no is will there be a boxed version or at least a steam version as don't want to buy it from there store.

Yeah, so far as I know there will be plenty of boxed versions. I'm unsure of the steam release though.

#28 Posted by ShepardCommandr (3230 posts) -

Space exploration is so boring.....

#29 Posted by wis3boi (31956 posts) -

@ShepardCommandr said:

Space exploration is so boring.....

thanks for clicking the thread and sharing your useless observation

#30 Edited by thehig1 (3246 posts) -

Is there more to the game other than dog fighting?

#31 Posted by skipper847 (3605 posts) -

@thehig1:

Its what X-rebirth should have been like so its got everything including trade and what loos like a good cockpit and seen that the tracker will be used as well to look around the cockpit.

#32 Posted by Byshop (12617 posts) -

@ShepardCommandr said:

Space exploration is so boring.....

Says the guy unimaginatively named after the main character of a game about space exploration.

-Byshop

#33 Edited by delete-SimplyFatal (1122 posts) -

@Byshop : @ShepardCommandr owned.

#34 Posted by KHAndAnime (14627 posts) -

Despite how "future-proof" these new space titles are, on the surface they all look dangerously similar in the graphics depratment, and absolutely none of them I've found particularly jaw dropping despite how hefty their requirements are. Perhaps by their nature they're just system intensive? I get it - everything is super detailed and high resolution, but why is everything still so far away from a general photorealistic look? Even Crysis captured elements of photorealism in 2007, I feel like these titles should be looking more and more like real life.

#35 Posted by thehig1 (3246 posts) -

@skipper847 said:

@thehig1:

Its what X-rebirth should have been like so its got everything including trade and what loos like a good cockpit and seen that the tracker will be used as well to look around the cockpit.

looked into it more, it seems very in depth and detailed

#36 Edited by FelipeInside (26189 posts) -

@Byshop said:

@ShepardCommandr said:

Space exploration is so boring.....

Says the guy unimaginatively named after the main character of a game about space exploration.

-Byshop

#37 Posted by cyborg100000 (2870 posts) -

@KHAndAnime: I think the closer you try to hit the ultimate look, the more powerful technology needs to be to render it all in real time - which would cost way too much for most people to afford the technology, which means there's no reason for devs to spend so much to target so few people. It's easy to make things look a hell of a lot better from a jump of 500 polygons to 150,000, but then you need a lot more power just to improve visually on the smallest of things.

#38 Edited by Gladestone1 (5577 posts) -

@FelipeInside:

To answer your question felipe..Its a mmorpg where u can trade mining, missions an so forth..As of right now just trading is available..There working on missions an mining atm..Beta one will bring in grouping with your friend an a chat window i think a chat window..How ever its a vast game but mostly it is pvp if you get into trouble..High learning curve to get to know your ship..Its a game of yesteryear where things where not easy to learn but easy to pick up an years to master..Its a game thats built to last for 10 years to follow..Expansions will allow walking on planets an landing on them..Its a persistent universe..Right now its awesome to play but tomorrow will bring riches to the game..So kick back felipe my friend get into a game that isnt easy to learn but fun in the same..Become that trader miner, bounty hunter..Explore the milky way galaxy as only you can discover things others havent on your own time or with friends..But beware pirates are out there to target you..That is elite in a nut shell my old friend..

#39 Posted by RossRichard (2470 posts) -

Wonder how the single-player portion will be. They have said there will be single-player, but all they ever talk about is the MMO content.

#40 Edited by Fire_Wa11 (600 posts) -

Hmm. "Future Proof" huh? The character "Future" in the movie '8 Mile' was based on a real hip-hop MC named "Proof."

I don't see why Frontier Developments had to go draggin' the 313 into this, yo. Represent. Represent.