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Elite: Dangerous Touches Down on PS4 June 27

The director of the smash-hit galactic exploration sim details his gaming history and influences.

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This week we caught up with developer David Braben as he and the team at Frontier Developments put the finishing touches on the PS4 release of adventure space sim Elite: Dangerous, set to launch on June 27.

While we had David’s attention though, we thought we’d ask him a little about his ‘life in games’ for our ongoing article series. As always, we sat him down and asked him to cast his mind back to:

The first game you remember playing.

The first computer game I remember playing – and there was a long queue so it took a while – was the original Taito “Space Invaders” in a pub in London back in 1978. It had a black and white screen with a coloured overlay across the display to make it appear in colour. I remember well the initial compulsion to get further each time, and then the annoyance at the rapid rise of difficulty as the game progressed – particularly as it was 10p a try!

Galaxian came a little later, then Defender – which was by far my favourite of those earlier games – but it felt like the games of that era quickly fell into a rut, driven by the need to have players pump more coins into the machine.

The game that made you want to be a developer.

Probably the first program that made me want to be a software developer as opposed to just wanting to program as a hobby was the “Animal Learning Program”, which was featured in the operation manual for the Acorn Atom.

It was incredibly simple – only a few dozen lines – but did amazing things. It would ask a question, then another, and eventually guess an animal you were thinking of, or whatever you taught it, and then learn from you if it was wrong. Essentially, it was building a very simple database, but the key thing for me was it was simple – an easily understandable program that yet had a seemingly complex result. It started me thinking about programming in a very different way, and ultimately led me towards what we now call procedural generation.

The game you wish you had made.

At the time, it was probably Williams’ Defender, written by Eugene Jarvis. Though it was simple, I loved the way it told an implied story without rubbing your nose in it: tasking you to rescue little people from their abductors before they were carried away and turned them into a terrible mutant. I later met Eugene at an event in Canada and had a great discussion about our nostalgia for that time.

The last game that made you rethink the medium of games.

Sadly it is quite rare these days, but I was struck by Boneloaf’s Gang Beasts, which is currently in Early Access for PC. It’s a brawler with eight-player local co-op, but the sheer fun is the party nature of it – it’s basically a drunken brawler. It reminds me of the early days of gaming – a time that we’ve maybe lost.

The last game soundtrack you whistled in the shower.

There have been quite a few catchy tunes from games, but the last I remember humming in my head was the tune from the ending them from Portal – Jonathan Coulton’s “Still Alive” – sung by the GlaDOS computer during the end credit (just after you have supposedly killed it!). It had strange and quite funny lyrics, and is still memorable all these years later.

The last game you saw the end credits for.

I think the last game I completed was perhaps Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. It’s quite a strange, very relaxed game, but by the end I was desperate to know what was going on. I’d gotten a bit hung up on the strange number sequences you get during the game and avidly wrote them all down, but even after the credits I was none the wiser…

On that note, though, we have numbered stations in Elite: Dangerous! You might want to write those numbers down ;-)

Your favourite multiplayer game.

Of recent years, excluding our own of course, I’m going to say Gang Beasts again – before the recent update. I just love the mindlessness of it! It works so well as ‘brain-off’ entertainment!

Elite Dangerous launches for PlayStation 4 retail and digital on June 27, but you’ll be able to pre-order from PlayStation Store starting on May 30.

Add Your Own

soutoyobes said:

May 16th, 4:16 am

I wonder if would feature HOTAS compatibility right from launch day.

    Sindred said:

    May 16th, 6:19 am

    VR support?

    PenguinActual said:

    May 16th, 7:14 am

    From the FAQ:

    Will there be Joystick support for PS4™?
    So far we have confirmed that Thrustmaster will be supported for Elite Dangerous on PS4™. Please keep an eye on our social media channels and forums for further information after release.

infamousgodV2_0 said:

May 16th, 5:17 am

I’ve been playing this game since day 1 over on xbox 1. Nice to see PlayStation can finally enjoy it. Oh if anyone wondering about the price its currently 30$ on xbox 1.

irj0k3r said:

May 16th, 5:23 am

Looks awesome!! A few questions..
To what limit can you explore a planet?
Can you get out of your ship to explore?
What is the scale of the universe that you can explore?
… I like exploring. ^^

    PenguinActual said:

    May 16th, 7:11 am

    The Universe is at a 1:1 scale. If you land on a planet you have the whole planet to explore provided it’s not locked by a Permit. Right now, you can use a Ship Launched Fighter ( if your ship can support it) or an SRV from a Planetary Vehicle Hanger (all ships have access to the PVH with credits). Atmospheric planets aren’t available right now but they will be. And do be careful of gravity. It affects how your equipment (SRV, Ship, etc.) performs.

    Later, we’ll be able to leave the chair and walk around.

Maverick70GER said:

May 16th, 5:25 am

Will there be a PSVR support?

    TechTrekker said:

    May 16th, 5:28 am

    I was thinking the same thing. I would make sense that this version of Elite Dangerous should have PSVR support​, noting that the PC version already has VR support.

    TechTrekker said:

    May 16th, 5:30 am

    *It (It’s a shame one can’t edit or delete posts/replies on here.)

    Lakota482 said:

    May 16th, 6:01 am

    No PSVR, No buy for me :(

    DuoMaxwell007 said:

    May 16th, 6:25 am

    Probably not. After all another company claimed in its very first trailer that Ark Survival would have PSVR support. The game launched and it didnt have it and no plans to even do so. Elie Dangerous was also said to have PSVR support. Now the game is coming the blog post nor trailer mention it so its safe to say you can forget about that too.

    infamousgodV2_0 said:

    May 16th, 8:54 am

    @Lakota482
    Thanks for the good laugh man. I needed that on top of my busy morning.

    iamtylerdurden1 said:

    May 17th, 1:29 pm

    ARK is getting PSVR support via ARK Park. It isn’t the full game, but something different, it’s kind of like ARK’s take on Jurassic Park. So it is getting some PSVR support, just not the full game.

XpAcErX said:

May 16th, 5:48 am

Will there be PSVR support?

NIGHTRAVEN3 said:

May 16th, 6:22 am

Will it be compatible with the PSVR?

    iamtylerdurden1 said:

    May 17th, 1:30 pm

    Will it work with PSVR? I LOVE PSVR and if so it would equal an instant buy.

GrafUlrich88 said:

May 16th, 6:49 am

HI Matthew,

I was wondering why it won’t be available to pre order until May 30th? The EU store has it on their PS Store right now. Can you please see about getting it available for us pre order here in NA soon.

Cheers,

Rob aka Graf

reson8er said:

May 16th, 6:55 am

Thanks Matt, very much looking forward to ED! Will be there day one (for PlayStation)

Also, I know you’ve heard/read it time and time again, but I will throw my vote in for PSVR compatibility :)

    iamtylerdurden1 said:

    May 17th, 1:33 pm

    The first time someone was excited for “ED”. PSVR support please!

Otterpoet said:

May 16th, 10:32 am

I’m so excited for this. I still remember playing Elite on my Commodore 64 XD

Amnalehu said:

May 16th, 10:33 am

YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

fantasypat said:

May 16th, 5:39 pm

Hoping this will be a good as the original, first played in the 80’s on pc

Sangetsu-II said:

May 17th, 12:51 am

PSVR Support When?

bzplayer3 said:

May 17th, 2:30 am

Will only buy if there’s PSVR support.

    bzplayer3 said:

    May 17th, 9:10 am

    Someone said that mine was a weird opinion to have, and that they’d only buy it if it DIDN’T offer psvr support. Strange world.

stripeoz86 said:

May 17th, 4:27 am

Will buy if it supports psvr. Otherwise pass :)

Hytekdk said:

May 17th, 5:35 am

If I have this on PC already, will I have to buy it again on PS4? I’m guessing yes?

iamtylerdurden1 said:

May 17th, 1:35 pm

Farpoint is so good, please have PSVR and PS4 Pro support.

Mr_V said:

May 18th, 3:57 am

I’ve been holding out on buying this so that I could play it on the PS4, in VR. And now there’s no mention of PSVR support! :(

Gringo234 said:

May 19th, 7:40 am

I hope you can turn off the sounds when in space. That would be pretty awesome.

bigleka said:

May 28th, 3:40 am

Is already in pre order on the U.K. Psn store, when it will be available on US store?

bigleka said:

May 30th, 2:34 am

Today is may 30 and the game not show on pre order store…

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