VR support 'not at launch' for Odyssey

Removed from Wishlist. Absolutely asinine that they wouldn't at least maintain in-ship VR. I could see them saying "space legs is excluded from the VR experience until we can determine if it is feasible to implement". But not even allowing us to fly on the atmospheric planets in VR?
I'm not ready to give up hope on this just yet. It's early enough that Frontier could still give us VR in the cockpit and use some other mechanism (even if it's simply disabling the "disembark" button when in VR) to make it clear that space legs are not supported in VR. I've seen games in Steam listed as "partially supports VR", which ED could do with this DLC if they are convinced by our collective pleas.
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if you had listened to today’s twitch stream, you would have heard Tim say as much.
I have also included a copy to his forum post backing up his statement.

Soon isn’t time bound.
Frontier have acknowledged the mass hysteria generated by the small percentage of VR players who are feeling that they have been personally slighted and feel justified in acting like two year olds, throwing tantrums.
Mass hysteria? Throwing tantrums? Have we read the same threads? I saw nothing of the sort, merely some people who said, "No VR, no deal." I'm in the same camp, as it's my money, my taste, my decision. I do, however, wish to all others that the DLC turns out to be everything they wish for.

You'll note I didn't include any sweeping assumptions and thinly veiled insults about those not agreeing with me... Not my style. I prefer to act as if I was talking to the person in real life.
I don't see why they couldn't do what other VR games have done, including Minecraft VR, where at a push of a button you can go from true VR to being in a VR room playing the game on a giant virtual TV. I didn't really expect them to have full VR support for Space Legs, which is why I have never really been interested in space legs. But just let me fly my ship in VR, and if I want to stretch my legs it just gives me a virtual 2d screen in my headset so I don't have to take it on and off and move from my custom flight chair over to my computer desk. A very easy solution that I think most VR users would be perfectly fine with.
It's still in my wishlist and will remain there....it's not they said they won't add VR support later!
Its been said a lot here already, but my bet for why they wont be implementing VR for Odyssey at launch is due to how much dev work would need to be done, and what percent of the playerbase has VR, as well as the playability limitations of it.

It was probably fairly simple to add VR to the current "seated only" game since the camera does not have to move independent of the ship. Its fairly simple. Head movement for looking, and then a joystick + throttle for controls (or a keyboard + mouse). Its not fundamentally different from the main game, the biggest change is how the camera moves.

Now compare this to something like the new Half Life game. Complex motion controls, movement systems, inventory management, etc, all built from the ground up for VR. Now imagine trying to play this without VR. It wont work.
You could literally use the HMD as Mouselook with keyboard & mouse or controller to move with and most of the VR users would be happy. Maybe throw in a teleport option for the faint hearted - not that much extra work. Is Half Life Alyx amazingly well done, yes but pretty sure no one was expecting Fdev to put in that much work (they couldn't even be bothered to fix the missing orbit lines in FSS for gosh' sake).

No VR then... So long, and thanks for all the fish!
(doesn't look like they got fluids in there either, so no water, ammonia or lava worlds, no gas giants)
Elite and MS Flight Sim are the only games that would make me upgrade my otherwise ageing Rift. None of them will support VR at launch, so I'm staying put as well. :)
All I'm hoping for is that my laptop can still run it ok as it does now. Am already right on the edge when it comes to performance on planet surfaces, so hope the update includes some optimisation tweaks also.
It says clearly twice that VR is not coming at launch. Nowhere does it say it will get VR.

Is Elite Dangerous: Odyssey coming to VR?

Currently, Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will not be VR-compatible at launch. We’re big fans of VR and we are truly proud of the amazing experience that we currently offer in Elite Dangerous. However, the new gameplay, mechanics and features that will be introduced with Elite Dangerous: Odyssey means that we had to re-examine if we could deliver that same experience without compromise, which, for launch, means Odyssey will not be VR-compatible.
Elite Odyssey - will not support VR at launch but it will come soon after.

They didn't seem to state anything about whether VR would come post-launch, let alone a time-frame.

The closest they got was this slightly garbled, possible intimation, from Stephen. (And I'm not throwing shade on the garbledness, it's hard to give accurate answers to an angry mob while playing the game ;))


Twitch Prime
:i was just saying on malics stream, i dont know if can even keep playing now knowing there will be no future vr support. what the heck am i working for?
Stephen said:
So again, I mean, this is just the beginning right now. We've explained the reason why it won't be there on launch. Obviously especially with VR it's a very difficult... you have to get it really right, because people can get motion sickness and everything else, and all this other stuff. So it may not be there on launch. And we hope that it doesn't upset anybody, we do apologise.

I wouldn't read too much into that final phrasing, and general more optimistic flow. It's not a statement of imminent deployment post launch.

Here's everything else they said regarding VR:

Tim said:
So for you guys asking about VR, we did put a couple of clarifications on the forums for you, but I'm more than happy to share it here as well. So VR is not going to be compatible with Odyssey at launch, but it will stay compatible with the base game and with Horizons. So that's all that we've got to share at the moment regarding VR. But anything that you've been saying, we've heard your feedback, and we've got it all collected. That's just really all we can say for now on that one.


Twitch PrimeMyr_The_Butt
:mad:FrontierDevelopments Malic vr is freaking out on his channel cause he thinks there is gonna be NO vr in oddesey can you clearify that he seems like his blood pressure is high
Stephen said:
I can see that some people say that Malic is a bit upset, now we hope that any information that Malic is doing ok. I'm sure he'll be fine. We'll make sure that we reach out to him.
Tim said:
Yeah we'll have a chat with him

Tim said:
VR will still be compatible with the base game and Horizons.


Twitch Primemyarch
:I understand that you cannot answer the more specific questions regarding Odyssey and VR right now but just to resister my voice to the issue, please liaise with the devs and get back to us asap. MANY of us are confused at best/hugely disappointed at worst riight now
Tim said:
To answer your question myarch, we have of course seen all of the feedback, and that's why we wanted to make sure that we were sharing what we could, as soon as we could, regarding VR.

And it is something that of course we're in contact with the team all the time. So as soon as we're able to share more information and we have more to share with you about those kind of specifics then naturally that's what we're going to do.
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Buy ARX, you won't regret it! :)
😂😂😂😂😂 i get yellow stain on my panties.
Never did nor i will, not fan of that stuff, i only have one paintjob and booblehead in all these years.
They actually did, in their own terminology
Their loss if soo, ED being in VR stores on headlines so far, but i get ppl can't go back to pancake as i'm among them.
I backed SC years ago, spent 50$ on it, haven't boot it up since.
Until they add VR support i'll play flight sims and uboat sims as i do now!

I'm still positive about this announcement since i play ED 2h per year but i understand ppl whom ED is primary game being disappointment by lack of VR support!
Hoping for the best!
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