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Elite: Dangerous is not exclusive to Xbox One

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Elite: Dangerous is the little space sim that could. While Star Citizen keeps getting more and more features added, Elite was content with launching last year on PC, and quite successfully. During Microsoft’s keynote at GDC this week, it was revealed that the online space simulator would be making its console debut on Xbox One. It is not, however, a console exclusive.

We’re living in a time where developers are watching more political dramas than actual politicians. It’s the only reason I can come up with for the sudden shift into political jargon being thrown around instead of straight answers. Microsoft announced Elite: Dangerous as a console debut, later stating that the game would be an exclusive. The game is anything but that though, and will eventually arrive on PS4 and Mac.

Frontier Developments founder, David Braben, clarified this on Twitter after causing a lot of the confusion in the first place. Elite: Dangerous will be a timed exclusive on Xbox One, although there’s no word on how long the deal lasts.

It seems that Frontier’s close relationship with Microsoft helped the timed exclusivity deal go through. They were, after all, developers on one of the console’s launch titles, Zoo Tycoon, and the recently launch Screamride. They have a long history with Microsoft and Xbox, so it’s no surprise that they got first pickings on the console port of their hit space sim.

But at least you don’t really have to stress about getting an Xbox just for Elite: Dangerous. It’s set to launch on Xbox One sometime this year, so I wouldn’t hold my breath for a PS4 release anytime soon.

Last Updated: March 6, 2015


  1. I’d get into this if it had an offline option. Don’t have interwebs at home but wouldn’t mind shooting up some bots and then playing online at work while plugged into the company.


    • Uberutang

      March 6, 2015 at 11:42

      Currently no offline at all, but it does have Solo play (with bots) but you need to be connected for some reason.


  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    March 6, 2015 at 11:42

    Wonder if you’ll let you play offline on console. ;P


  3. RinceThis

    March 6, 2015 at 11:48

    • Hammersteyn

      March 6, 2015 at 11:50

      timed exclusives???


      • Pieter Kruger

        March 6, 2015 at 12:01

        “cross play” ????


        • Hammersteyn

          March 6, 2015 at 12:10

          They need the extra players, not enough XBOX Ones going around.


          • Pieter Kruger

            March 6, 2015 at 12:16

            How many of those 20m PS4’s sold are PS+ subscribers you think…..?????

          • Hammersteyn

            March 6, 2015 at 12:19

            Lets say 20%. That’s 4 000 000. Now lets say only 5% of that buys the game. That’s 200 000 players.

          • Pieter Kruger

            March 6, 2015 at 12:25

            Exactly….????. Hopefully No Man’s Sky will have cross play between PS4 & PC…….. My point is this is only the beginning, Xbox/PC owners could potentially benefit tremendously from cross buy/play and Sony has nothing to counter it with.

          • Hammersteyn

            March 6, 2015 at 12:32

            No counter is needed. The console will sell well enough

        • RinceThis

          March 6, 2015 at 12:34

          I have a PC for that.


          • Pieter Kruger

            March 6, 2015 at 13:24

            Me too but it’s gathering dust, prefer console to be honest! But I might look into a nice 4k setup one of these days….you know, just to see what all the fuss is about?

  4. Hammersteyn

    March 6, 2015 at 11:50

    You hear that @Sageville:disqus Now you can buy it twice and join us 😛


  5. Pieter Kruger

    March 6, 2015 at 11:57

    Sounds like there will be cross play between Xbox One, PC and Mac as those will share a galaxy. More populated galaxy will improve the chances of a chance encounter with other players! Meanwhile in the Pony galaxy………can you hear crickets in the vacuum of space? LOL!


    • Jonah Cash

      March 6, 2015 at 12:06

      You keep on seeing the good, and they keep on screwing you over… You’re a real trooper man!!


  6. Pieter Kruger

    March 6, 2015 at 12:00

    USS Pony…..


  7. Jonah Cash

    March 6, 2015 at 12:05

    Booooo!! Booooo!!! Oh wait……. I own a PS4 so yeah no this isn’t a problem at all!! And no Allesandro there isn’t all this political jargon, there is just everything MS touches that suddenly have this political jargon!! Take Street Fighter 5, it is just PS4 and PC exclusive… end! That is it, nothing else to see here!! MS buying up “exclusives” is causing all this double speak!!


  8. R4ziel

    August 31, 2016 at 16:24

    “The little space sim that could” lol.

    I own Elite dangerous and I have played it a bit, bt it sure as hell was boring and everything looked the same, the ships, the stations, the star systems… nothing super unique seperating them. And then they said Horizons will change all that wil massive content updates and said it will be free DLC, we were anxious to see the new update.

    It got delayed by about 4 months in which I stopped playing Elite Dangerous, and when Horizons came out I had to pay for it the same I paid for the game, so no, sorry for you Im not buyig two games.

    On the other hand, Star Citizen’s 2.5 Alpha is amazing already, and 3.0 will be a completely new experience if what they are saying is even a little bit true. Its going to get harder and harder roping Star citizen into the “Space sim that everyone wants to be but released early” section.


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