Elite: Dangerous Gets Oculus Rift Support At Launch, Free To Backers

UK developer Frontier Developments has announced that their upcoming game, Elite: Dangerous will be receiving support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset when it launches. The Oculus Rift version will be available to backers of the game at no additional cost.

David Braben, CEO of Frontier commented, "We've been playing with the Oculus Rift dev kits and are excited about the potential - just glancing around your cockpit or being totally immersed in a space battle. Many of our backers have made it clear that they would like Oculus Rift support - and so do we! We're very pleased with the results so far."

The developers started a Kickstarter campaign for the game back in November of 2012, and after 60 days it had successfully exceeded its funding goal of £1,250,000 by pulling in £1,578,316 in pledges. They have since put up a web site (jump at the source link) where people can continue to donate and are currently sitting at £1,900,436.

The original Elite was released back in 1984 and did well, eventually selling around 1,000,000 units. The game was followed up by Frontier: Elite II (1993) and First Encounters (1995, the sequel to Frontier). Elite: Dangerous is scheduled for a March 2014 release for the PC, and a Mac version should follow a few months later.

Teaser trailer below.