PC's Elite: Dangerous Adding SteamVR Support This Holiday

A free update will let you play the game on the new virtual reality headset from HTC and Valve later this year.

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UK developer Frontier has announced that its space game Elite: Dangerous will add support for Vive VR, the new virtual reality headset from Valve and HTC, as a free update this holiday season.

The game already supports Oculus Rift, and of course, this applies only to the PC edition of Elite: Dangerous. In a statement, creative director Jonny Watts said Frontier has been "working closely" with Valve in this effort, and has high hopes for the new level of immersion it aims to introduce.

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"We're thrilled to announce SteamVR support as part of the ongoing expansion of Elite: Dangerous," Watts explained. "Back in December 2013, we were among the first to support virtual reality with a AAA game, and for me, exploring, trading, and fighting throughout Elite: Dangerous' 1:1 scale Milky Way remains an unequaled virtual reality experience."

For its part, Valve's Chet Faliszek said Elite: Dangerous is a prime example of how a developer can "leverage the versatility of the Vive and Steam VR."

The ViveVR headset will see a "limited" commercial release this holiday, with a wider launch slated for early 2016. Pricing has not been announced, but that information is likely to come soon.

Elite: Dangerous with SteamVR support will be playable this coming week at the EGX convention in Birmingham, UK, at the Elite: Dangerous and HTC booths on the show floor.

To mark this announcement, Frontier has dropped the price of Elite: Dangerous for PC and Mac at the developer's own FrontierStore.net and on Steam. Now through Monday, September 28, you can get the game for just $27, down 40 percent from its usual price of $45.

Elite: Dangerous will launch for Xbox One publicly on October 6; it is currently available on the platform through the Early Access-style Game Preview system. The game will eventually ship on a number of platforms, including PlayStation 4, though VR support for the console editions has not been announced.

The game's first expansion, Horizons, is slated to launch this holiday.

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