As announced previously, upcoming updates for Elite: Dangerous will be almost exclusively focused on addressing longstanding issues and bus. The first update to tackle the issues comes in January and open beta access…

For this update, Frontier's first and foremost priority is to ensure that everyone is able to have a seamless experience when playing Elite Dangerous, so the focus will be on aiming to resolve game breaking bugs and stability issues that cause disconnects, softlocks and crashes. By working internally with Customer Support, QA and Development teams, alongside the feedback players shared with the devs and via the Issue Tracker, Frontier identified and is addressing a number of issues in the January Update, which are detailed below.

Frontier claims that as with previous betas, they found player feedback and assistance incredibly useful in helping them identifying and resolving bugs and issues. The next updates will be coming with their own public beta, the first of which will run on PC from 27 November to 2 December for the January Update. The ability to extend future betas to console players is being investigated as well, and Frontier will announce any developments about this when more information is available.

Due to this update focusing on a number of bug fixes, rather than new content and features, the beta will appear and play very much like the existing live game. However, getting involved and testing provides a huge benefit for all Elite Dangerous players. Every system, ship, loadout, module, mission, activity, rank or other part of the game played provides opportunities to test and identify issues. With your support, Frontier hopes to be able to identify and fix as many as possible before the update goes live, offering a smoother and better experience for all.

BETA - how to get involved!

A new beta section forum will be set up with details on how to take part and how to submit bug reports, but here are the main details on how you can help us in the upcoming beta:

  • The beta begins on the 27 November and will run until the 2 December.
  • The beta will be only be accessible on PC. Frontier is looking into expanding this for console players in the future.
  • To take part in the beta, all you’ll need to do is load up the launcher and select (and update) the following product: Elite Dangerous: January Update (Beta) from the 27 November. Once that has been completed, you’ll then have access to the January Update beta. If this doesn't appear, please restart your launcher.
  • Frontier will be updating the Issue Tracker with a January Update (Update 3.6) Beta section, and they encourage all those who are taking part in this beta to report any encountered bugs or issues through it. In addition, Frontier will also be adding links from inside the game that will take you directly to the Issue Tracker site.

You can check out the focusing points of the beta in the official forum post.