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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Ad7 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:46 pm

Had a really good session just now, got to grips with navigation and finally did a couple of minor jobs like transporting leather :datass:

Here's my setup with the lights on so you can see it:
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And here's it with the lights off how i'm playing, notice i've matched the HUD colour with the keyboard backlighting, thus bathing the bottom of the screen in dat orange :datass:
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It's a 27" imac running windows 7 on bootcamp, so it's a bit out of date hardware wise (crap on board graphics card) but the i7 quad core makes up for it. The X52 pro is really great for this game, you can tell it was made around it, everything just feels perfect. I wanted a X55 because you can change the spring tension on that, but the military styling isnt really my thing, and the X52 pro feels really space like, all futuristic, just spot on for the role playing aspect. Also, the safe red buttonsheild goes from a green light to a red one when you flick it up to arm the weapons, which is a brilliant touch :datass:

So yeah I think i'm going to order a X52 pro this week (i'm borrowing this one) and maybe look at a more permanent way to mount the stick and throttle, one of those things that looks like an office chair but has hard mounts on the side would be amazing.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Wiggy G32 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:51 pm

its it worth getting the x52 pro or x52 enough?
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Mogster » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:16 pm

The Pro is basically the same but with higher quality components. Much more metal in place of plastic parts. Whether that's worth the extra is down to you really, but I've seen lots of people say the Pro is a big improvement.

The X-55 is awesome too, but probably overkill if you just want it for Elite and doesn't come with any way to secure itself so there's going to be some additional expense there. I do love it though, and all its lovely switches.

Of course if money is no object you can always treat yourself to a Warthog and yaw pedal setup. ;)
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Ad7 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:34 pm

Can't speak of the x52 v pro but I expect the standard 52 would be fine for you.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Brerlappin » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:26 pm

Found myself quite a bit burnt out on this now. Havent played it in a week or two. It just gets a bit boring after a while. Hopefully some new content coming soon
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Preezy » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:57 pm

I am thinking of getting this, been watching a lot of gameplay videos on youtube.

Question - can it be played easily with mouse & keyboard or does it also support gamepads? I don't want to have to invest in a joystick and would love to be able to play it with my Dualshock...
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Cheeky Devlin » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:05 pm

Preezy wrote:I am thinking of getting this, been watching a lot of gameplay videos on youtube.

Question - can it be played easily with mouse & keyboard or does it also support gamepads? I don't want to have to invest in a joystick and would love to be able to play it with my Dualshock...


From what I've heard a Joystick is the optimal way to play. But I've been using a 360 pad and once you get used to that it's fine. Not had any issues at all.

M&KB should be avoided like the plague apparently.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Ad7 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:33 pm

Im getting nowhere fast in this. I the total time I've been playing it Ive amassed the fortune of:
15k :slol: :fp:


Got knocked out of hyperspace by the AI and couldn't find the escape vector so I had to fight or die, ,U first fight in the game. Luckily I'm quite good at manoeuvring (dat hotas) so I actually killed the strawberry floater despite my starter ship and gear. Felt like this:
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Lagamorph » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:15 pm

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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Preezy » Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:47 pm

Going to take the plunge with this tonight I think, been umming and aaring all week about it and it's just an itch that I've got to scratch :lol:
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Preezy » Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:36 am

Ok so that went well :lol:

First attempt with my DualShock4.....managed to launch from this station, accidentally deployed my hard-points and ended up shooting the station repeatedly as I tried to figure out which button retracted them. Instant bounty, dead.

Managed to do this 2 more times :lol:

Finally got the controls sorted out, (downloaded DS4Windows which makes things much easier, I think it's basically a 360-controller emulator) and managed to compete my first bit of cargo hauling. Really love the look and feel of the game and how you access the menus in the ship. With the DS4 the trackpad actually works so I use that to look around my cockpit and access the ship systems, although I can also use the right analog stick to do this if I wish. Still ironing out the kinks, for example I don't know how to exit super cruise using the controller, only way I've managed it is to switch off my hyperdrive (or whatever it's called) mid-cruise which brings me to a violent stop, probably not too good for the ship :slol:

I think a combination of controller and keyboard will end up suiting me best.

So yeah, onwards and upwards :D
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Ad7 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:01 am

:lol:

I deactivated my frame shift drive Mid flight by accident as I was browsing throught that panel. The first thing that happend was a massive bang, followed by a flat spin and me just wondering what the strawberry float just happened :lol: The throttle did nothing and I thought my HOTAS had Uncalibrated or something.

Speaking of which, I know they're expensive but I can't recommend a hotas enough. It really feels like you're piloting something and I often find myself sitting up to shift my weight around when landing as I'm so into it.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Cal » Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:04 pm

Brerlappin wrote:Found myself quite a bit burnt out on this now. Haven't played it in a week or two. It just gets a bit boring after a while. Hopefully some new content coming soon


Haven't touched it ages, tbh. I'm not knocking the game; I just don't have the patience (or the attention-span, I suspect) for all that busywork. I can see that what it does it obviously does very well, but I somehow can't get too enthused about spreadsheets.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Ad7 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:59 pm

Had an good session on this today, spotted a wanted pilot so thought I'd just strawberry float it and attack. Got the bastard And netted a 11k bounty 8-)

Done some trading, shipping bits around after selling my discovery scanner and making space for more cargo, thus opening a load more missions up to me.

Got 43k saved now :datass:
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Cheeky Devlin » Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:11 pm

Preezy wrote:Ok so that went well :lol:

First attempt with my DualShock4.....managed to launch from this station, accidentally deployed my hard-points and ended up shooting the station repeatedly as I tried to figure out which button retracted them. Instant bounty, dead.

Managed to do this 2 more times :lol:

Finally got the controls sorted out, (downloaded DS4Windows which makes things much easier, I think it's basically a 360-controller emulator) and managed to compete my first bit of cargo hauling. Really love the look and feel of the game and how you access the menus in the ship. With the DS4 the trackpad actually works so I use that to look around my cockpit and access the ship systems, although I can also use the right analog stick to do this if I wish. Still ironing out the kinks, for example I don't know how to exit super cruise using the controller, only way I've managed it is to switch off my hyperdrive (or whatever it's called) mid-cruise which brings me to a violent stop, probably not too good for the ship :slol:

I think a combination of controller and keyboard will end up suiting me best.

So yeah, onwards and upwards :D


Try Square and Down on the D-Pad.

This is my setup on my 360-pad. I think it's the default layout so it should be the same for you. Just substitute the buttons for the PS equivalent (A=X B=O X=Square and Y=Triangle).

I'll spoiler this once they're working properly again.

RB/LB - Throttle Up/Down
LS - Pitch/Roll
RS - Yaw/Vertical Thrusters
Triggers - Hardpoints (I.e firing my weapons)
DPad Directions - Set my power systems
Select - Silent Running
Start - Pause
L3 - Boost
R3 - Toggle Free Look on Right Stick

Then D-Pad Directions combined with ABXY to access other systems and controls.

A+Left - Cycle Next Fire Group (You can group weapons systems and switch between them. E.g Pulse Lasers overheat so switch to Gatling Guns)
A+Right - Cycle Previous Fire Group
A+Up - Toggle Hardpoints (Deployed/Retracted)
A+Down - Deploy Heatsink (If installed)
B+Left - Focus On Left Console (Navigation/Targeting)
B+Right - Focus On Right Console (Ship Systems/Status)
B+Down - Landing Gear Toggle
B+Up - Cargo Scoop Toggle
X+Left - Zoom Radar Out
X+Right - Zoom Radar In
X+Up - Focus On Comms Console
X+Down - Engage/Disengage Frame Shift Drive (Hyperdrive)
Y+Left - Cycle Targets
Y+Right - Cycle Target Subsystems (Engines, Weapons etc)
Y+Up - Target Ahead
Y+Down - Target Highest Threat
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Ad7 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:12 pm

strawberry floating hell :lol: :dread:
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Cheeky Devlin » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:34 pm

Ad7 wrote:strawberry floating hell :lol: :dread:

:D

In reality I only use a handful of the d-pad combinations regularly. Frameshift, landing gear, focusing on consoles. The rest are very situation specific. Plus I rarely, if ever, have to use the keyboard so it's all in one place.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Ad7 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:48 pm

But with a 360 dpad :dread:

I see you wanted to press up...pressing right.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Cheeky Devlin » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:53 pm

Ad7 wrote:But with a 360 dpad :dread:

I see you wanted to press up...pressing right.


It's not been too bad actually. Though a PS pad would be better in that respect.

Still want a HOTAS though.
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PostRe: Elite: Dangerous
by Preezy » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:37 am

Thank you mate, that is extremely helpful :D
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