You'll soon be able to explore planets with Xbox One in Elite Dangerous: Horizons

Frontier has announced that Elite Dangerous: Horizons is coming soon to Xbox One. The season of content brings with it some notable expansions, which include features like planetary landings, loot and crafting, multi-crew co-operative play and more – some of which are still in development. If you already own and enjoy Elite Dangerous, Horizons is a must-have due to planetary landings alone that really add to the overall immersive experience.

Once launched on Xbox One, Horizons will not only include planetary landings, but also the upcoming Engineers expansions, which will introduce loot and crafting systems. Those on Xbox One will be able to enjoy new features as they're added alongside PC brethren. You can read up on upcoming seasons for Elite Dangerous by heading to the official website.

Horizons for Xbox One will launch in Q2 2016, but you can already purchase and enjoy the season package on PC.

Press Release


The second season of Elite Dangerous gameplay expansions arrives on Xbox One in Q2 2016

Cambridge, UK. 29 April 2016. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced Elite Dangerous: Horizons for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Elite Dangerous: Horizons is the new season of major gameplay expansions for the award-winning space epic Elite Dangerous. Each expansion introduces game-changing new features for Elite Dangerous: Horizons players, including Planetary Landings, Loot and Crafting, Multicrew cooperative play and much more.

Elite Dangerous: Horizons for Xbox One will launch Q2 2016, featuring both 2.0: Planetary Landings and the forthcoming 2.1: The Engineers expansions.

In Elite Dangerous: Horizons, Xbox One players can journey seamlessly from space to surface and land anywhere they choose on accurately simulated planets and moons throughout Elite Dangerous' full-scale Milky Way galaxy, venturing onto the surface in the all-terrain SRV Surface Recon Vehicle.

Elite Dangerous: Horizons for Xbox One will also introduce players to The Engineers. The Engineers is a sweeping, game-changing update that brings even more personality and personalization to Elite Dangerous, putting a face to every mission and adding a range of customization and crafting options that will make every ship in the Elite Dangerous galaxy unique.

Those who buy Elite Dangerous: Horizons for Xbox One will receive further updates as the season continues. Future gameplay updates will debut for PC and Xbox One simultaneously, enriching the Elite Dangerous experience with new activities and new ways to play on both platforms, including:

  • Multicrew, allowing teams of players to assume roles aboard the same ship.
  • Commander Creation, giving a unique appearance to players' in-game avatars.
  • Ship-Launched Fighters, allowing larger spacecraft to carry their own short-range fighter craft for attack and defense.
  • And much more to be announced.

For details on the upcoming season of expansions, visit:

Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons are fully back and forward compatible with one another. All players who upgrade to Elite Dangerous: Horizons will retain their in-game progress and all players will fly together in the same galaxy as one community. All Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons players on Xbox One will continue to receive free minor updates, fixes and optimizations.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.