"Have you seen the star map?" the demonstrator asked. "No."
He called it up and explained that the 3D map includes stars that we know exist, such as Proxima Centauri and Barnard's star. Elite Dangerous has about 100,000 stars near the Sol system that our astronomers know about accurately represented in the game. It was incredible seeing these stars in three dimensions all around you. But then, we kept scrolling out, and scrolling out, scrolling out and the entire breadth of the Milky Way galaxy was finally revealed.
I felt infinity punch me in the gut.
I was in the Total Perspective Vortex - it was a really stirring demonstration of what an accomplishment Elite Dangerous is. The game blends the knowledge of stars we know about into stars and systems generated to approximate the randomness of space. There are 300 billion stars, and you can go to any of them in your ship.