Elite Dangerous Announced as Oculus Rift Launch Title

"The Elite Dangerous universe is even more fun in VR."


Elite Dangerous, the space exploration, trading, and combat sim developed by UK studio Frontier Developments, has been announced as an Oculus Rift launch title.

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According to the announcement, which was made on the official Oculus Rift website, Elite Dangerous will be available on March 28.

"Frontier was one of the earliest Kickstarter backers and developed Elite Dangerous with VR in mind," the VR company said. "It also supports cross-platform multiplayer, which means you can explore the galaxy with players across Oculus, consoles, PC, and Mac."

All current owners of Elite Dangerous and its season pass will be able to get the Oculus Rift version for free.

"The Elite Dangerous universe is even more fun in VR, with billions of star systems to explore, dozens of ships to pilot, and countless battles to win," it continued. "We look forward to seeing Elite Dangerous come to life in Rift."

The Oculus Rift VR headset is set to begin shipping to preorder customers on March 28. The base preorder package costs $600 and includes an Xbox One controller, Oculus Remote, a sensor, and free copies of Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale.

However, the Rift also requires a capable gaming PC (see the specs here). Oculus VR is working with companies such as Dell, Alienware, and Asus on "Oculus-Ready" computers. These are specifically designed to work right out of the box with the Oculus Rift VR headset and start at $950.

Nvidia is also trying to make it easier to buy a VR-ready PC with its own special program. Oculus, meanwhile, has also launched a program that you can install to see if your computer can run Rift.

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