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No Man's Sky Beyond rolls out (video)

by Mark Tyson on 15 August 2019, 13:11

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No Man's Sky Beyond became available to download a few hours ago. This is a sizable patch to the game that delivers many new aspects, as you can see from the heavyweight patch notes page. Particular highlights are the implementation of VR support, the Nexus social hub and multiplayer enhancements, plus - on PC - extended graphics options and support for the Vulkan API.

No Man's Sky launched on a wave of hype but many felt let down by the actual game. However, many feel that the game designers redeemed themselves with the launch of No Man's Sky Next, in July 2018 - a significant free feature update. No Man's Sky Beyond goes, err, beyond all those improvements with many features and refinements which will appeal to gamers interested in this game genre.

Hello Games is excited with its VR implementation as it allows headset owners to "truly experience an alien world, to be totally lost in these strange lands," - a good fit for the genre. It has implemented The Nexus too, which enables you to meet up with friends (VR and non-VR alike), explore together, build bases together, complete missions together and much more.

Other highlights of No Man's Sky Beyond, particularly for PC users, are the expanded graphics options and the switch from OpenGL to Vulkan - which may be particularly helpful to AMD GPU users, say the developers. Many video and graphical options such as resolution, v-sync, and window mode can now be altered without restarting the game. Furthermore, players with multiple GPUs can now select which is used from the Video Options menu.

PC users have many more controller options in this update too. All controller inputs are now remappable through Steam and OpenVR - no third party remapping software required. Hello Games has provided official binding sets for popular controller options such as the DualShock 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Steam controllers.

Improvement summary

  • Virtual Reality support
  • VR user Interface
  • VR user interactions
  • VR controller support
  • 16-32 multiplayer
  • Multiplayer missions
  • Ambient multiplayer
  • A new social hub
  • New traveller NPCs
  • Dynamic NPCs
  • Alien Languages
  • New alien encounters
  • Technology trees
  • Gameplay Balance
  • Discovery Page overhaul
  • Planetary Charts
  • Creature taming/riding/milking
  • Multiplayer missions
  • Cooking & Recipes
  • Cooler Aliens
  • Improved base building
  • Power & Logic & Industrial Bases
  • Optimisation
  • Starship enhancements
  • First person exocraft driving
  • Vulkan
  • PC graphics options
  • Expanded controller support
  • Sitting
  • Version 2.0

No Man's Sky's free Beyond update is out now on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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NMS is 50% off on GOG.com too at the moment.
The Hand;4125122
NMS is 50% off on GOG.com too at the moment.

Is it worth getting? It's still not exactly budget priced.
Keep in mind if you get it on GOG, AFAIK you can't play with people who have it on Steam. It's also currently cheaper on GMG which is a steam key, I grabbed it for just over £16.
They've included ‘sitting’! At last! Harrerrujah!
What's the consensus on this game now? Seems to have had a bit of a resurgence since that awful start and it can be picked up fairly cheap now. Active community? Worth a go?