The best mods and apps for Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous Mods

Nothing beats Elite: Dangerous’s unfathomable scale. But you can make it better, by installing these mods, tweaks and apps. They will all radically change the way you play Elite, and for the better.

There might not be many of them right now, but the ones that do exist have a profound affect on your end experience; you’ll never look back.

Voice Attack

Voice Attack

You’ve seen it before haven’t you? The scene in both great sci-fi games and movies where the ship commander will utter a few instructions to the ships computer, who will swiftly execute them. They might even talk back too - AI in the future is nifty stuff.

Voice Attack puts that functionality into Elite: Dangerous (and other games). Using the program, you’ll be able to utter custom commands into your microphone, which will then be translated to both a set of mouse/key commands, and a voiced response if you’d like it. Here’s some examples from my setup:

“Deploy hardpoints” will ready my weapons for combat.

“Request docking” will find the nearest station and ask permission for entry.

“All power to shields” will divert all my power to strengthen my shields.

Lets take it a step further. Voice Attack will also allow you to set a custom command to be spoken upon hearing any of these orders, which will be performed by your Windows speech-to-voice program. It’s not at all needed, but it really helps immerse you in Elite’s universe. It can be as simple as just re-confirming the given order, or as advanced as developing full banter with an AI program. As an example, whenever I say “Amy” - the name given to my ships voiced AI - it will reply “Yes commander?”.

It’s the little things.

To obtain Voice Attack, you’ll need to cough up a little bit of cash. You can test the program out via their free trial first, but it’s well worth the measly $8. And remember it can be used in other games too. You will also want to take a look at the Elite: Dangerous Voice Pack - it’ll provide you will some more variety than your standard Windows text-to-speech programs (who are a little lifeless at times), as well as pre-defined profiles for commands and key inputs if you’re feeling lazy. Finally, if you begin to use Voice Attack, and fancy shelling out for the best of the best in text-to-speech programs, IVONA’s pricey, but uncanny voice packs offer the best experience around.

Elite: Dangerous HUD Recolour

HUD Recolour

This one is a small modification, but since your existence in Elite: Dangerous (at least for now) is locked solely within your cockpit, its effects are quite profound. Elite’s standard HUD colours are based on their signature “star” orange tint, with varying shades to discern between different sections.

Now, as much as I like the colour orange, I’d much prefer a different set of bling in my cockpit. The problem is however is that there’s no way to change this within the game. That’s not a problem though, as the answer, like many, lies within the games ini files.

Before you begin quivering in your boots about breaking the game as you tinker with its guts, don’t worry. A nice commander by the name of Arkku has made a nice little webpage which not only lets you tinker with recolouring the HUD beforehand, but explains what exactly you need to do. Just find the HUD colours that you like, then copy the text in the left hand box into the stated location within the xml file. Job done.

TrackIR

TrackIR

Just like Voice Attack, TrackIR isn’t a phenomenon that’s solely bound to Elite: Dangerous, but it is used to greatly amplify your immersion. TrackIR will track the position of your head and its rotation, to match that within the game, thus allowing you to freely look around your environment with just your head. Look left, up, down or right, and your pilot will do the same.

TrackIR comes in all shapes, sizes and flavours. The best experience is arguably with an infrared device that hooks onto your headphones/hat, but those will set you back a pretty penny. There are however free alternatives that do a good job at recreating the same thing, with surprising effectiveness.

FaceTrackNoIR is exactly what it says on the tin: face tracking with no use of infrared technology. Instead, it uses your webcam to track your face. And the best part? It’s absolutely free. Just bear in mind that the webcam will be used exclusively for this purpose, and won’t be able to be used for normal operation until you stop using FaceTrackNoIR.

Roccat Power-Grid

Roccat Power-Grid

Finally, we come to a mobile app that I’ve only discovered recently, but has had me pleasantly surprised. Roccat Power-Grid is available on Android and iOS devices, and acts as a remote control for your PC. Its usage is near limitless; its most popular being media controls and PC performance/temperature statistics.

However, it’s entirely customisable, and before long, grids for the most popular PC games became available; including Elite: Dangerous. The app will allow you to set a grid of touch activated panels which will then perform a mouse/keyboard command on your PC. Much like Voice Attack, it acts as another way to perform the many intricate tasks a commander has at their disposal, just this time from a flashy touch screen panel aka Star Trek style.

Now, there’s already a decent selection of user created grids on the store page, and most of them are free. If you’re tech savvy, you can have a go at creating your own, or just tinker with the existing ones to fit your needs.

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Clutchy Avatar
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2 Years ago

I use all but Roccat Power-Grid (because I don't have a cell phone....seriously...I don't have one). Nice recommendations.

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Nick Wilson(21 minutes played)
2 Years ago

Thanks! You can use Voice Attack for most, if not all of the use from Power-Grid. It's just nice to combo the two for that true cockpit feel.

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Shriven(4 hours played)
2 Years ago

Can...can that Voice attack app make the words "Computer, initiate combat maneuver Piccard Alpha mk2" and stuff will happen in game? :O

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Nick Wilson(21 minutes played)
2 Years ago

Yes. You might need to train the text-to-speech program a bit by reading endless amount of fluff, but you can indeed back that happen.

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scot_in_ca2000 Avatar
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2 Years ago

Yes, you totally can do it.

You could create a macro that does anything, For example, the voice pack includes "Clear the dock and engage jump" This performs a timed macro; engages afterburner, max speed and waits for a bit then engages jump drive.

Pretty cool!

More instructions here:

http://www.vrcircle.com/post/How-to-control-your-computer-with-voiceAttack

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ppehrson(1 day 19 hours played)
1 Year ago

The most idiotic about Voice Attack is that it uses Microsoft's Speech Recognition.

Idiotic, because this makes it impossible to use for everyone not running an English language Windows.

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H'Raeven Avatar
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1 Year ago

(¬_¬)' Seriously...

Couldn't be more wrong ...

I'm part of the huge french gaming community, we ALL have Voice Attack, and it works perfectly.

MS Speech engine is NOT English-only...

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Nillian(5 hours played)
2 Years ago

You should mention EDTracker, a community-created Arduino-based alternative to TrackIR. It works with many games in addition to Elite. You can buy them fully-assembled from the guys who came up with the idea (for between £28-£40) or you can assemble one yourself using widely available electronic components. Link is http://www.edtracker.org.uk - I have built two and think they're excellent.

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dfnkt Avatar
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1 Year ago

I have one of the early ones right after they had the first PCB available. I want to try building one with the new magnetometer. Think I spent about $27 total on mine last year.

Build gallery: http://imgur.com/a/RkZr5

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Cruzkit Avatar
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2 Years ago

Great recommendations and I do hope that there is more mods/apps to come.

One thing that a person MUST have-yes, I know its not a mod-but this game is sooo much better with a flight/joystick to play this game.

Yes, you can use the mouse/keyboard, but this game almost begs to have a control stick. Like everything, your flying experience may vary.

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ppehrson(1 day 19 hours played)
1 Year ago

I find that the joystick makes it irritating to play. Also, many functions cannot be mapped to the stick, making it impossible to use ONLY.

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Oakshios(7 days 13 hours played)
1 Year ago

I disagree to a point. Yes, you probably can't bind every single command to a button. However, you can use a button or two as a modifier. For example, Lights activate when you hold button 1 and hit button 2. Landing gear drops when you hit button 2.

You can even use multiple modifiers (simple inaccurate maths ahead. Demonstrates the point though). You might lose two 2 out of 12 buttons on your stick for instant commands, but now your stick has a total of 30 button combinations instead of the original 12.

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Exigeous(10 days 18 hours played)
9 Months ago

I love these silly comments from people that clearly don't know what they are talking about. Which joystick did you try to use, the one from an old Atari 2600? Modern HOTAS based systems (Hands On Throttle And Stick) provide a wealth of buttons, knobs and switches that you can customize to your hearts content. I have the Thrustmaster Warthog that has over 100 different inputs with the Saitek X52 being a great budget solution. That coupled with VoiceAttack (for things you use rarely) makes it an excellent setup - I don't even need a keyboard to type as you can use VA for that too. HOTAS/VA setups are a near must have for VR players as I can't see my keyboard in VR and don't want to break immersion by removing my headset.

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PIRATEorNINJA(1 day 15 hours played)
2 Years ago

the roccat site doesnt show any of the grids when i try to go to their download page, just loads blank page on all of them

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Nah(?) Queen of The Humans(9 days 7 hours played)
1 Year ago

The only question I have on here is how do you manage requesting docking priveledges with voice attack? There's no button combo or anything that I'm aware of for that.

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Ghostnsystem(14 days 16 hours played)
1 Year ago

the simple way of doing it, if your nav pane is set to 1, tab next and tab back are set to e and q respectively and ui select is space, your macro would look like this:

Voice Command : Request dock

Press 1 key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press E key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press E key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press Space key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press S key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press Space key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press Q key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press Q key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Pause 0.02 seconds

Press 1 key and hold for 0.05 seconds and release

Now in order for it to work everytime you need to make sure your navigation panel is set to the navigation tab, otherwise it's just going to bug out on you and you will have to manually reset the tabs.

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1 Year ago

Bit late in replying just seen this thread.

However, download voice attack and then download this voice attack profile:

KICS 4 - http://ripleygalactic.com/tag/kics-4/

It has a brilliant female computer voice and can issue a lot of commands for you

ie "Request Docking", "deploy hardpoints", "full power to shields" etc etc. Exactly what you seem to be looking for. :)

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1 Year ago

This App is way better than Roccat Power-grid:

https://www.leaextendedinput.com/

And it's free!

Editing an interface

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4Od_2-frYU

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