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Elite Dangerous Could Come To PS4, Xbox One

By William Usher 2014-07-14 22:19:17 discussion comments
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Space flight-simulator Elite: Dangerous has been making waves and rounds in the PC gaming sphere as a prime-time dogfighting game for serious gamers. With a little tender development love and porting care, the game could arrive on both Microsoft and Sony's eight-gen home consoles.

Eurogamer managed to get in a few words with Frontier Development's David Braben who spoke amicably about the possibility of Elite: Dangerous appearing on the PS4 or Xbox One, stating that...
"I don't want to do something that constitutes an announcement, but we would be stupid not to support other platforms, including console."

“We've done lots and lots of games over time," … “We've done first-party Sony games. We've done first party Microsoft games. On console. So yes, we'd be stupid not to think about it.”

That's very encouraging news... for console owners.

The major problem is whether or not there's an actual market for space simulators on the home consoles. They've never been particularly big sellers outside of the occasional StarFox or Star Wars title.

Nevertheless, Braben believes that Elite: Dangerous could be a good fit for the Xbox One or PS4 with the right amount of fine-tuning, saying...
"We're putting a lot of effort in to put in a lot of controls so the player has control over what's coming out. 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? 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.

"One of the beauties with console is we can then hand tune it to be just right. This is why we put all these options in."

For the average console gamer, you're probably wondering exactly why Elite: Dangerous would even be worth the time of day. You can check out the game below in a trailer that aired during this year's E3 to get an idea of what it is Frontier Development wants to bring to home console.



The game, of course, faces stiff competition on PC at the moment from another juggernaut still early in development called Star Citizen. Robert Space Industries is working hard to get a playable version of their game out to the public, recently releasing a dogfighting module.

Of course, in the case of Elite: Dangerous, the crowd-funded title could see a huge boost in market appeal if (or when) it does arrive for home consoles. But given that the team is just barely entering the beta stage of development it will be quite a ways off before PS4 or Xbox One owners see Elite: Dangerous on their system.
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