I installed the beta and played it a bit last night.
It's pretty cool, though talk about slamming my skillset back to completely lost newby.
I wasn't sure if every ship automatically gets a rover so I just flew to a planet and landed. It's fairly seamless...except right when you hit a certain atmosphere point. Then it's the same as exiting super cruise.
I freaked out because my ship went into "gliding" mode, which turns out is like supercruise in atmosphere. You move really, really slowly otherwise. I was having trouble getting anywhere near the ground station.
Anyway, I landed on the planet...that was easy. Then, I was like, "how to deploy rover?" Hmm. Turns out you need to buy a vehicle module. D'oh! Take off fly back to space station.
I found the module...my anaconda can buy one that actually can support 4 ships! If I wanted, I could get 4 of them so my 'conda could conceivably turn into a protoss carrier (sidewinders fit in the vehicle bays!) Didn't test that out, just got a rover.
Flew back to planet, had better aim at the station this time and landed 13km out. Um. Now, how to launch the rover? After a frustrating internet search, I found out. You know that computer screen between your knees that has never been used? Now it's alive! Once you focus on it, the rover selection pops up, and you deploy.
It was super fucking cool to FINALLY see my ship in 3d (outside of the retarded slow camera debug mode). I did a few laps...I never appreciated how large the anaconda is.
Then I started driving to the station. Problem is, the rover is SLOW. Not really slow, but in space a MegaMeter is fairly small. On a planet a kilometer is a rather significant distance. Took me about 6 minutes to get 13km to the port.
When I got there, my rover was all kinds of jacked up (about 15% health left) from crashing into rocks along the way there. Then, I couldn't go into the station. There wasn't even a docking request mode I could find.
So, long drive back, but I crashed and died by a rock. Now, you can start in a new sidewinder, or the new option is just warp magically back to your landed ship.
Took off and flew to the station...maybe you have to dock with a spaceship and not a rover? Again, no request dock available. I think now my ship is "large" and that port needs a "medium or small" ship.
So, that's where I ended.
Oh yeah! They added a TON of ships. A lot of them are souped up versions of older ships. There's a heavy viper with bigger weapons and a landing module. Same with the Cobra.