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    Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Beta FAQ

    Hello everyone!

    Here's a quick list of the most frequently asked questions about the Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Beta.

    1) How do I download the beta?
    The beta can be downloaded in one of two ways. Either via the game launcher as usual or for the first time ever, via Steam! When the beta goes live on January 25, 2018, please follow the instructions below to install the beta via Steam.

    If you have Elite Dangerous in your Steam Library, you will be able to participate in the Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Beta using the Steam client. If you purchased the game from the Frontier Store and would like to add it to your Steam library, please follow the instructions in this support article.

    To opt into the Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Beta on Steam:

    1. Open the Steam client and navigate to your Library.
    2. Right-click on Elite Dangerous and select Properties.
    3. Click on the BETAS tab.
    4. Select "Beta" through the drop-down box.
    5. You will be prompted to restart your client. After restarting, launch Elite Dangerous to access Beyond - Chapter One Beta.
    6. Select the beta from the launcher as usual.

    Please note that once the beta build goes live, you may not see the "Beta" option immediately in the Steam client as the build may take some time to propagate. In this case, please restart your Steam client and try again in a few minutes.



    *EDIT - Please note only PC players are eligible to download the Beta via Steam. Mac players, please download the beta via the launcher as usual.

    2) Who is eligible to take part in the beta?
    Every PC/Mac player is eligible to take part in the beta. This includes both players who own the Horizons Season Pass and those who do not. Not every part of the beta (and full update) will be available to those without the Season Pass.

    3) How much does the beta cost?
    The Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One beta is free of charge.

    4) Can consoles take part in the beta?
    Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide Elite Dangerous betas on consoles.

    5) When will console players get
    to experience Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One?
    Console players will be able to experience the full Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One update at the same time as the PC players. Currently, we do not have a date available for the full update, but you'll be able to find out about it here on the forums or on our social channels when it's announced!

    6) When will the beta go live on Thursday 25, 2018?
    We don't have a set time for the beta to go live at this time, but we will keep you up to date via our social channels throughout the day

    7) Should I take the day off to play the beta?
    We wouldn't advise taking time off to play the beta first thing tomorrow, as we don't have an exact time that this will go live!

    8) How do I report bugs that I've found in the beta?
    A beta-specific bug forum will be opened on our forums tomorrow, 25 January 2018.

    9) Do I have to start from the beginning of the game during the beta?
    No. Your main game saves will have been duplicated within the last few weeks and applied to the beta server. This means you'll be able to play through the beta with most of your current game progress intact.

    10) Does my progress during the beta carry over to the main game?

    No. Everything you do in the beta will be wiped when the update goes live for the main game, and no progress will be carried across.

    11) What content is in the beta?

    You can find our beta Livestream recaps here to find out what content will be available in the beta!

    12) What needs testing in the beta to make the most of this important testing period?

    We will be adding notes to the beta test forums soon, with specific instructions on what would help us testing. Your continued support, feedback and testing is absolutely invaluable - thanks for getting involved! We'll post the link in here, too.1

    13) I WANT TO TEST ALL THE THINGS AND REQUIRE CASH. Can I get extra credits on my account?
    If you're playing the BETA, own the Horizons Season Pass and wish to test the majority of the new features, you can now DELETE YOUR BETA COMMANDER DATA and restart with 100,000,000 credits! Choose quick start IN THE BETA to do this. Remember, this is only in the beta... we cannot stress this enough!



    Let us know if you have any further questions regarding the beta!

    Social channels to follow:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/EliteDangerous
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EliteDangerousOfficial
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/elitedangerous

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    Originally Posted by Paige Harvey View Post (Source)
    Hello everyone!

    Here's a quick list of the most frequently asked questions about the Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Beta.

    1) How do I download the beta?
    The beta can be downloaded in one of two ways. Either via the game launcher as usual or for the first time ever, via Steam! When the beta goes live on January 25, 2018, please follow the instructions below to install the beta via Steam.

    If you have Elite Dangerous in your Steam Library, you will be able to participate in the Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Beta using the Steam client. If you purchased the game from the Frontier Store and would like to add it to your Steam library, please follow the instructions in this support article.

    To opt into the Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Beta on Steam:

    1. Open the Steam client and navigate to your Library.
    2. Right-click on Elite Dangerous and select Properties.
    3. Click on the BETAS tab.
    4. Select "Beta" through the drop-down box.
    5. You will be prompted to restart your client. After restarting, launch Elite Dangerous to access Beyond - Chapter One Beta.
    6. Select the beta from the launcher as usual.

    Please note that once the beta build goes live, you may not see the "Beta" option immediately in the Steam client as the build may take some time to propagate. In this case, please restart your Steam client and try again in a few minutes.


    2) Who is eligible to take part in the beta?
    Every PC/Mac player is eligible to take part in the beta. This includes both players who own the Horizons Season Pass and those who do not. Not every part of the beta (and full update) will be available to those without the Season Pass.

    3) How much does the beta cost?
    The Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One beta is free of charge.

    4) Can consoles take part in the beta?
    Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide Elite Dangerous betas on consoles.

    5) When will console players get
    to experience Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One?
    Console players will be able to experience the full Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One update at the same time as the PC players. Currently, we do not have a date available for the full update, but you'll be able to find out about it here on the forums or on our social channels when it's announced!

    6) When will the beta go live on Thursday 25, 2018?
    We don't have a set time for the beta to go live at this time, but we will keep you up to date via our social channels throughout the day

    7) Should I take the day off to play the beta?
    We wouldn't advise taking time off to play the beta first thing tomorrow, as we don't have an exact time that this will go live!

    8) How do I report bugs that I've found in the beta?
    A beta-specific bug forum will be opened on our forums tomorrow, 25 January 2018.

    9) Do I have to start from the beginning of the game during the beta?
    No. Your main game saves will have been duplicated within the last few weeks and applied to the beta server. This means you'll be able to play through the beta with most of your current game progress intact.

    10) Does my progress during the beta carry over to the main game?

    No. Everything you do in the beta will be wiped when the update goes live for the main game, and no progress will be carried across.

    11) What content is in the beta?

    You can find our beta Livestream recaps here to find out what content will be available in the beta!

    Let us know if you have any further questions regarding the beta!

    Social channels to follow:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/EliteDangerous
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EliteDangerousOfficial
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/elitedangerous
    How big of a download is it?

  3. #3
    Well worth sticking.

    So I did..

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    One for the FAQ: Does anything we do or say during beta have any effect on the game or is it just to placate us like the beyond feedback forum?

  6. #6
    Many thanks, Paige.

    I am really looking forward to trying out the Beta. From what I've seen in the live streams Frontier have done an awesome job with this update. Thanks Frontier!

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    Rough estimate, 16gb.

    Originally Posted by Lucifera Danzig View Post (Source)
    How big of a download is it?

  8. #8
    How long is the Beta intended to last? Will there be various stages with focus on different aspects?

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    Originally Posted by andrak View Post (Source)
    One for the FAQ: Does anything we do or say during beta have any effect on the game or is it just to placate us like the beyond feedback forum?
    More than happy to answer that one for you Andrak

    In regards to your actions during the beta, the main purpose of this beta is to receive bug reports and thorough testing of the new mechanics so that we can ensure any major issues are fixed and to gain valuable insight and feedback on those new mechanics. What you do and report during this time does indeed affect the game, much like the discussions held in the beyond feedback forum do! We've received some very valuable feedback from those forums which have influenced our designs and decisions for the Beyond set of updates, and we're really looking forward to running more ideas by the community as the year goes on.

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    Originally Posted by Paige Harvey View Post (Source)
    Rough estimate, 16gb.
    Awww yeah. Thats the thing about GigaBytes. I keep getting older, they keep staying the same size. Alright, Alright, Alright.

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    Originally Posted by Tuub t Tute View Post (Source)
    How long is the Beta intended to last? Will there be various stages with focus on different aspects?
    That bit is TBC but when we have further updates, we'll let you know

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    If I take part in the beta through Steam following the instructions above can I still choose to launch the current live version from the launcher?

    I'm keen to try the beta but I don't want to be prevented from playing the current live version for the duration of the beta.

  13. #13
    Originally Posted by Paige Harvey View Post (Source)
    That bit is TBC but when we have further updates, we'll let you know
    How long after the Beta ends should we expect the update to appear?


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    Originally Posted by pseudomatic View Post (Source)
    If I take part in the beta through Steam following the instructions above can I still choose to launch the current live version from the launcher?

    I'm keen to try the beta but I don't want to be prevented from playing the current live version for the duration of the beta.
    When you launch the game, you can choose to play the live game or the beta

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    Originally Posted by Rennard View Post (Source)
    How long after the Beta ends should we expect the update to appear?


    Oh you We'll let you know!

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