I loaded this game up. They added nothing new. Now, there are little platforms you can "dock" at. Um...no explanation how to request docking clearance (though I guess it's not necessary since it is literally a platform in space with nowhere to go).
The flight mechanics that CR talks so highly about are so ridiculously non-existent. When docking...your ship stops on a dime, no inertia. It feels more like frogger than a real space sim. You just slam your ship onto the platform, then it says "landing gear deployed" followed by "docking permission granted". Elite would have shot my ass off five times by then.
Nice to know there's tons of "underlying hooks" that the game will eventually use. Spectral Meat's right...they keep releasing the same tech demo over and over...with the $300 ship/carrot stick. Jesus, people.