Elite Dangerous on PlayStation®4 FAQ
Updated: Friday 23rd June 2017
We’re making full use of the PS4™ and the unique features of PlayStation®4 Pro to deliver an experience unlike any other on the console, with features tailored to the DUALSHOCK®4, whether you’re down on the surface of a planet or cruising around a stellar system, connected with your friends or meeting strangers out in the black of space.
Here is a summary of the most frequently asked questions with our answers below:
When will Elite Dangerous be released on PS4™?
We will debut on the PlayStation®4 on 27th June 2017. You can check out the announcement trailer here: Youtube.com
What will be available to pre-order?
We will be enabling digital pre-orders for the Elite Dangerous: Commander Deluxe Edition and Elite Dangerous. Digital pre-orders of Elite Dangerous or the Elite Dangerous: Commander Deluxe edition on PS4™ come with a pre-order incentive: a Gold Sidewinder bonus paint job.
Is there a physical version?
The Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will be the complete Elite Dangerous experience available as a physical, boxed alternative to the digital version on the PS4™. This will be available from the 27th of June as well.
What will the Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition on PS4™ come with?
The PS4™ version of Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will be the complete experience. Including Elite Dangerous, the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass and an additional 1,000 Frontier Points for use for purchasing game extras via the online store.
How much will Elite Dangerous on PS4™ cost?
For digital pre-order, Elite Dangerous will start at [£19.99/€24.99/$29.99] and the Elite Dangerous: Commander Deluxe Edition will be [£39.99/€49.99/$59.99].
Will Elite Dangerous for PS4™ work on PS4™Pro?
Yes, we plan on supporting the PS4™Pro with Elite Dangerous.
Will Elite Dangerous support PlayStation®VR?
Elite Dangerous is a flagship VR game on PC so of course, VR is important to us. It’s definitely something we’re looking into, but we have nothing to announce for launch.
Will Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons be available individually?
Yes, you will be able to purchase the base game and the expansions separately.
Will PlayStation®, PC and Xbox One players ever share the same physical space and compete against one another?
That’s a desirable feature and something we’d love to do, but we have nothing to announce right now.
Will this require PlayStation®Plus membership to play?
Solo Play will not require PlayStation®Plus. Anything that requires direct multi-player interaction, such as Open Play, CQC, Private Groups will require PlayStation®Plus.
Will remote play be available for PlayStation®Vita?
Yes, we plan on supporting remote play via PlayStation®Vita with more details on this closer to release.
Can I transfer my CMDR save to the PS4™ from my PC, Mac or Xbox?
We understand this is a desired request but we have nothing to announce at this time.
Can I share my commander between platforms?
This will not be possible. Similar to our Xbox One release, we are unable to support access to a single CMDR save across multiple platforms.
Can I move my game license over to the PS4™?
This will not be possible. PlayStation®4 will be a new purchase on a new platform.
Will I be able to use my PC peripherals (Mouse, Keyboard, controller, etc)?
Players will be able to use a USB keyboard for text input. We have no other information regarding direct controller input.
As a Kickstarter backer, do I get anything from the PS4™ release?
A PlayStation®4 version was not part of the Kickstarter for Elite Dangerous and will not be included as part of any historical pledge.
Will full 4K be supported for Elite Dangerous on the PS4™Pro?
Elite Dangerous will feature enhanced performance on PS4™Pro. We’ll have more to information about this closer to release.
How will store currency work on the PS4™?
Players will be able to purchase Frontier Points from the PlayStation®Store. These points can then be used to purchase Ship items, such as Paint Jobs, Ship Kits and Bobbleheads from the Frontier Store via an in-game link.
Can I buy/transfer my paint jobs, laser colours etc to the PS4™?
This will not be possible. All cosmetic items intended for use on PS4™ must be purchased on PS4™.
Will there be a discount for buying on PS4™ if I own another copy?
There is no discount promotion planned at this time.
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.
Will the DUALSHOCK®4 touchpad button be utilised at all?
Elite Dangerous supports the DUALSHOCK®4 controller in the following ways:
- Touch Navigation. Explore Elite Dangerous’ map of the Milky Way with a swipe using touch pad that makes navigation fast and easy.
- Extra Control. Customise four additional touchpad button ‘hotkeys’ to suit your own play style.
- Fast Headlook. Quickly track your enemies in the heat of combat with optional motion-based headlook controls powered by the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller.
How will the Commander name system work on PS4™?
A player's PlayStation™Network Online ID (PSN Online ID) will be used as their Commander Name.
Will updates be released in parallel with PC or will they be slightly delayed from PC to Console?
Updates for PS4™ will be in sync with the PC, just like they already are on Xbox One.
Will you release a demo?
There will be no gameplay demos for Elite Dangerous on PS4.
What locales/languages will be supported?
Language support for the PS4™ will be the same as the currently supported languages on PC and Xbox One.
Any subscriptions planned for ED on PS4™?
There are no subscriptions planned, although PS Plus is needed for Online gameplay. You can still play the game in Solo without PS Plus.
Will PS4™ have an in-game shop like the PC version for cosmetic items?
Yes, the Frontier Store will be present. You can access it through Outfitting or on the main menu.
Support for ship names?
Absolutely - this is the same as in the PC and Xbox One versions of the game.
Thargoids in PS4™ version?
Thargoids have returned... to all platforms.
List of all supported HOTAS?
We support the Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS 4 - whether you're flying or driving, you can use the HOTAS.
When will the servers be brought online?
The current plan for this is to allow commanders to start the game, link their PSN account to their Frontier account and play the Training Missions from midnight on June 27. We'll know an exact time for the servers closer to release. Keep an eye on our forums for more information on this.
Is there a CG planned for PS4™ launch week, and will it be easily accessible to new CMDRs in their starting Sidewinders?
There is a CG planned for launch week and we have made sure that it is accessible to new commanders and starts after the PS4™ goes live so everyone can join in.
Will private groups be available from launch?
Yes, they will work in a similar way to other platforms.
Will PS4™ players receive some exclusive/free decals?
We currently don’t have any plans for this, but you can access the same free decals that are available on other platforms.
Will PS4™ players be able to get -- now or in the future -- the Cobra Mk IV?
We don’t have anything to announce at launch regarding the Cobra Mk IV, however, we are aware of the interest in it and how many people want it.
Will Frontier be limiting Commanders in the same instance? If so, what is the maximum number of players that could inhabit the same instance?
Instances on PS4™ work in the same way as other platforms.
Can we expect a similar level of graphical detail on base PS4™ than it is available on Xbox One?
Yes, the two are very similar in terms of performance and appearance.
Will PS4™Pro have options to favour performance or favour resolution?
The PS4™Pro will have an option to choose between Performance/Quality. Performance means the game runs as smoothly as possible, Quality means it looks as good as possible but runs slightly slower than Performance. Both options on the PS4™Pro are smoother than the regular PS4™ experience.
Will there be an option to activate or deactivate Vertical Sync in order to either increase FPS or minimise screen tearing?
Not at launch, no.
Will there be an adjustable FOV slider (for either version)?
Yes! There is an adjustable FOV slider in the options menu.
Will PS4™Pro support 4K? And if outputting to a 1080p display, will there be supersampling? Are there going to be options to enable or disable it?
No, 4K and Supersampling will not be supported on PS4™Pro at launch. As listed above the PS4™Pro options are “Performance & Quality” settings.
Will either or both PS4™ and PS4™Pro support HDR?
We currently don’t support HDR on either console.
Will the game support Surround Sound 7.1 and/or 3D sound? (for use with the Sony Platinum Headset, for ex.)
We support 7.1 surround sound currently.
Is PSVR coming?
We have nothing further to announce on PSVR.
Is button remapping supported for HOTAS? (including dead-zone customisation, inverted and hold toggles etc)
You get the same button re-mapping as on the DUALSHOCK®4, so yes, buttons can be re-assigned.
What about other Thrustmaster products support? For example, the Warthog
We are supporting the T-Flight HOTAS 4 for launch; this is an officially licensed PlayStation device so will provide you with the best possible HOTAS experience for PS4.
What about other manufacturers? e.g. Saitek/Logitech
Currently nothing further to announce, the T-Flight HOTAS 4 will be the supported HOTAS at launch.
Will the Thrustmaster HOTAS and the DS4 be usable at the same time?
The DUALSHOCK®4 can’t be used for gameplay at the same time as the T-Flight HOTAS system but it can be used for system functions.
Will PS4™ users have access to the entire Elite Store of ship kits, paint jobs, bobbleheads etc. or is there an additional level of Sony accreditation for each store item that could lead to us potentially ending up with a sub-set of the full store?
Users will have access to the Frontier Store like on other platforms. The flow is the same as on Xbox.
Will you implement the PSN 'Players Met' feature?
This won’t be available at launch but it’s something we are aware of.
Is voice chat available in-game, or is it PS4™ party chat only? And in either case, will we be able to toggle between broadcasting to local space and talking to wing members in private?
Voice chat is available in-game or you can use a PS4™ Party to chat to a specific group of people if you wish.
Will you allow PSN level player blocking to block users in Elite (including them resetting their CMDR account in-game, and PSN sub-accounts, ie inheritance from PSN master account)
Selecting to block a Commander will bring up the PlayStation block player interface, so all blocking is done via the PSN ID of the user.
Will multi-crew joining from PSN Party groups and "games in progress" be possible?
Multi-crew can either be joined via in-game matchmaking or by invite.
Will you allow 100% trophy completion in solo?
Trophies will require some online play, however, we have taken into consideration how much online play is required to achieve the Trophies. Platinum can be achieved without the need for the Horizons expansion.
Will there be any use for second screen? For example, will the player chat be movable to the second screen (PlayStation®Vita or PS App)?
Not currently, no. Remote play is supported on PlayStation®Vita though.
Will head tracking through PlayStation®Camera work?
There is no support for the PlayStation®Camera for head-tracking or any other features.
Will keyboards be supported? If so to what extent? Will it only be usable for the chat window or can we add key bindings?
Keyboards are supported for the chat window, most should be plug and play on the console. They cannot be re-bound. They can't be used for gameplay, but they can be used to type in system names in the galaxy map, enter your ship name, and type in the chat.