Frontier the development team behind the awesome Elite Dangerous which was originally started to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Have this week officially announced that the Elite: Dangerous game will not officially support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
Instead the development team is now focusing their efforts on the SteamVR platform. The new comes as a bit of a surprise for many as Frontier has always promoted the Oculus Rift headset when previously demonstrating virtual reality footage and gameplay.
Although the announcement might have some bearing on the news that Oculus will be providing a free copy of the space simulation game EVE Valkyrie with all Oculus Rift consumer headsets when they start shipping during March 2016.
Frontier issued the following statement:
We’ve supported VR for a few years now, and Elite Dangerous is arguably the world’s leading VR-ready game. We want to give players the best possible VR experience however they play – it’s something we talked about with Digital Foundry recently – and that means focusing our efforts. Right now, we’ve chosen to focus on SteamVR. We haven’t cut an exclusivity deal with any VR manufacturer, and we’re still working with Oculus on Rift support.
As more news is released regards further developments for VR support by Elite Dangerous we will keep you updated as always.
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