Getting started with Elite: Dangerous? Here's what you need to know!
If you're looking to start exploring in the deep void of space, Elite: Dangerous is the ultimate experience among both traditional games and virtual reality experiences. Here's what you should know getting started.
What is Elite: Dangerous?
Elite: Dangerous is space-based action and adventure game, giving players the chance the explore an entire galaxy from behind the controls of a spaceship. After being let loose in the game's expansive world with a low-end ship and few resources, players must work themselves through the ranks, earning their place in the harsh abyss of space.
Throughout your in-game journey, you can expect to take on a wide range of activities, from freight hauling and trade deals to intense interplanetary dogfights. However, make sure to watch your back for rogue players roaming the game's persistent online world. With truly open-ended gameplay, Elite: Dangerous is among the most immersive simulations available today.
What's the game's end-goal?
Due to the open-ended traits of Elite: Dangerous' gameplay, there's no definitive end goal in your adventure. Not having a huge blockbuster campaign or set story, the narrative told by Elite: Dangerous is simply your own personal adventure.
Whether you choose to explore systems and uncover planets, buy a high-end ship or even become the best pilot in the galaxy – the game accounts for everyone's play styles and comes packed with light years of unrestricted content.
Is the game designed for VR?
One of the main differentiators of Elite Dangerous is its native support for virtual reality – a feature only a small subset of games is beginning to implement. While there are other popular titles that have introduced VR support, none fit the mold quite like Elite's open-ended sandbox.
Already being a hugely immersive title, virtual reality adds a new layer of depth and engagement to the game's world. Best experienced with a controller or HOTAS, Elite Dangerous is a truly unmissable experience for existing desktop VR users.
When first getting started with Elite: Dangerous, one of the hardest aspects of the game can be the controls. Utilizing a majority of keys on your keyboard, it can be a challenge to learn them all off by heart. To give you a helping hand, we've brought together a table of common controls to reference on the fly.
|Yaw left||A||Primary Fire||Mouse 1|
|Yaw right||D||Secondary Fire||Mouse 2|
|Thrust left (strafe)||Q||Cycle fire group||N|
|Thrust right||E||Target ahead||T|
|Thrust up||R||Deploy hardpoints||U|
|Thrust down||F||Toggle panels||1-4|
|Throttle up (acceleration)||W||Divert power||Arrow Keys|
|Throttle down (reverse)||S||Landing gear||L|
|Set throttle to 0%||X||Deploy heat sink||V|
Getting started in Elite Dangerous
Once you're ready to jump into the world of Elite: Dangerous, the vast reaches of space can be extremely daunting. Here are some quick pointers to get you started.
- Take the tutorials: Before jumping into Elite: Dangerous' barren galaxy, make sure to give each of the game's inbuilt tutorials a whirl. Not only will this give you the opportunity to experiment with the game's complex controls – the tutorial will also walk you through each of the core pillars of Elite Dangerous' gameplay. From simple tasks such as docking and cargo pickups to more complex dog fighting techniques – this is a great way to experience the game's offerings first-hand.
- Start with the Bulletin Board: When first starting up in Elite: Dangerous, you'll want to get some easy credits – and quick. The Bulletin Board is one of the best ways to do so, by quickly completing some short tasks in return for a few thousand credits. Although there are much faster ways of earning currency, the board is your best shot as a newcomer to Elite: Dangerous. To access the Bulletin Board, open Starport Services while docked and find a job that suits your liking.
- Work towards a ship upgrade: After earning your first wad of cash, you'll want to consider upgrading your ship or replacing it entirely. While your trusty starting ship (the Sidewinder) can get you by, upgrading your ship is key before undertaking more challenging tasks. With an upgrade, you'll have the chance to increase numerous statistics, giving you an additional edge against hostile forces.
- Take advantage of Supercruise: Supercruise is Elite: Dangerous' tool for inter-system travel, with the ability to travel significantly faster than the speed of light. Using your 'Frame Shift Drive', any player can easily enter Supercruise, as a method of quickly darting across the galaxy without hours of waiting. When traveling long distances, make sure to take advantage of the feature and avoid a week of non-stop flying.
Have any additional tips?
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