Rejoice PlayStation fans. Elite Dangerous, Frontier Development’s vast open world space sim has finally come to the PS4 and PS4 Pro. If you aren’t already a commander, but are interested in whether or not Elite Dangerous is the galaxy spanning grind for you, go a head and check out our Elite Dangerous impressions article here!
For existing commanders thinking about grabbing the PS4 version, there are a few new features you will want to know about before heading out into the void again.
In the pre-launch PS4 FAQ stream, the lovely folks over at Frontier Developments made it clear that from a software perspective, Elite Dangerous on the base PS4 will be more or less indistinguishable from the Xbox One version. There are however a few new features thanks to newer PlayStation hardware to get excited about.
PS4 Pro owners can look forward to customisable graphics settings for the first time on console. Commanders can opt for either performance or quality settings, with performance providing a higher/smoother frame rate and quality outputting higher texture detail and superior lighting effects. Elite Dangerous wont have 4K or HDR support at launch but Frontier have stated that it’s something they are looking in to.
The most exciting new features PlayStation commanders have to look forward to are the ways in which Elite Dangerous utilises some of the functions of the Dualshock 4 controller. Head look can now be mapped to the Dualshock 4’s motion sensors which in turn will free up the right thumb stick. I for one always hated having to temporarily sacrifice pitch and roll to look around the cockpit, so this is a welcome addition. From what I’ve seen, having motion sensor head look enabled also makes for a far more cinematic experience.
The touch pad is also being implemented in some interesting ways. You can now use the the Dualshock 4’s touch interface to navigate the galactic map. In the livestream, Frontier showcased how pinch zoom, twisting and rotating can be used to intuitively manipulate the map similarly to using a smart phone screen. The touchpad can also be used as four extra mappable buttons. Any console commanders will know just how invaluable this will be to optimising your control scheme.
Elite Dangerous on PS4 and PS4 Pro will also be compatible with Thrustmaster’s T.Flight Hotas 4 flight stick for those who want more natural control of their ship.
Unfortunately Frontier have made it clear that they have nothing to announce yet in relation to PSVR support, but a man can dream.
Elite Dangerous is available now on PlayStation 4. You can get the base version for £19.99 or the Commander Deluxe Edition for £39.99 which includes both the Horizon expansion. Happy space pirating!