Egosoft released X Rebirth VR Edition Update 4.21. This update will bring a large set of bug fixes and improvements for the Virtual Reality UI, the tutorials and the XR VR-specific missions.

With this update, the game will now also be able to detect VR controllers like the Oculus Touch or the VIVE wand live during gameplay.

There will be some technical problems with X Rebirth VR Edition in relation to the next Oculus Home update (1.18), which is currently in "Public testing". This may cause the game not to run on your system for a few days!

Being on the cutting edge of a new graphic technology API has advantages, but unfortunately also comes with some downsides: Due to a change in one of the Vulkan extensions, Oculus needs to change their handling of Vulkan apps with API version 1.18, which in turn affects the game. As the only game currently released on the Oculus Rift that also uses the Vulkan API, our game will need to be updated together with the Oculus 1.18 runtime.

Today's big update of X Rebirth VR Edition is therefore timed to be released with the next release of Oculus Home, but if one is updated while the other is not, problems can occur. More precisely:

  • X Rebirth Version 4.20 & Oculus API 1.17 ---> Runs (this is the current situation)
  • X Rebirth Version 4.20 & Oculus API 1.18 ---> CRASH
  • X Rebirth Version 4.21 & Oculus API 1.17 ---> CRASH
  • X Rebirth Version 4.21 & Oculus API 1.18 ---> Runs (this is how it should be after the UPDATE!)

Note that this may even affect people who bought the game on Steam, if they are running the Oculus version of the game! (VIVE version should be unaffected, but will of course also receive the 4.21 update).

Additionally, the update also requires the very latest graphics drivers. For NVidia cards this is currently version 385.41, for AMD you have to update to 17.9.1!

You can get the Oculus Home Update 1.18 earlier by opting into the Oculus public test channel before Tuesday the 12th, at which point Oculus should have updated all users to 1.18 anyway!

X Rebirth VR Edition - End of EA

With this new 4.21 update, X Rebirth VR Edition is almost read to move out of the early access phase.

Egosoft plans to take this step with the next big update, 4.30.

As you probably know by now, Egosoft always continues development of their games for a long time also after release, so don't worry, 4.30 is not the end of the line, but they feel it is a very solid game and a great experience in VR, so is a good point to end Early Access.

X4: Foundations

It is decided: After the huge success of the first Twitch stream during XCON 2017, Egosoft will have another streaming session on Wednesday, September 27th: 20:00 CEST (EU), 19:00 BST (UK), 14:00 EDT, 11:00 PDT.

If you are not subscribed yet, join their Twitch channel to be able to watch this live, or watch the video there immediately after the event.

X Rebirth 4.21 Beta

In parallel with the X Rebirth VR Edition 4.21 update Egosoft is also launching a new Beta for X Rebirth. This beta will be available early next week and will bring many of the features that have been implemented for the VR edition and "ported back" to X Rebirth:

The focus of this update was on adding more flexibility to gamepad controls, bettering support for joysticks and improving many areas of the user interface. Examples are the new "Quick menu", which allows you to access many of the most commonly used features of the game with a simple compass menu similar to that used for drone launching, and a new target locking mechanism for gamepad control.