No Man’s Sky Heads Into The Next Generation With…The Next Generation
ean Murray, head of Hello Games, has announced that the spectacular No Man’s Sky will make the leap to next-gen consoles in the form of No Man’s Sky: The Next Generation, a free update for Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S that will bring enhanced visuals, audio, and more. After watching the trailer for the 85th time, I can confirm I am VERY excited to rediscover the universe all over again.
As with all of the big No Man’s Sky updates, The Next Generation will introduce a bevy of new improvements and features including ‘bigger bases, lusher planets, more players, faster warp speeds and more – free for all existing players.
Haptic controls: From the satisfying feeling of firing your boltcaster, to the gentle nudge of a building part slotting into place in a space habitat or the firm click of the trigger in your interstellar ship – haptic controls allow players to feel immersed in an alien world as never before.
Fuller worlds: Next generation hardware allows No Man’s Sky’s procedural generation to create lusher, richer and more densely populated universes than ever before. Planet surfaces are even more detailed, with thousands more rocks, alien grasses, and exotic flora on screen at any time.
32 player multiplayer: For the first time on console, up to 32 players can join forces to build, survive, fight and explore the galaxy together.
Advanced audio: Immersion has always been a pillar of No Man’s Sky. Thanks to PlayStation 5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, players will be able to soak in the ambience of an alien planet, or feel a ship fly overhead like never before (You can find out more about PS5’s 3D Audio here.)
4K* at 60FPS: On PlayStation 5 players can experience the universe in pin-sharp detail at higher framerates.
Ultra visuals: Explore alien vistas with improved shadows, greater draw distances, thousands more objects on screen and improved lighting and volumetric effects.
Vast base building: Players can now work together to build huge off-world colonies, with the ability to construct and render far more vast and complex bases on screen.
Warp-speed load times: Explore the universe instantly with 5-10x reduction in loading times. On PS5, you can warp from solar system to solar system in an instant.
Crossplay: PS5 explorers will be able to join together with other adventurers on all other platforms, including previous generations.
Upgrading from PS4 to PS5: Not only will previous owners of No Man’s Sky on PlayStation 4 be able to upgrade their game to PlayStation 5 at no extra cost when PS5 launches in their territory, but their progress can be carried across to their new console.
PlayStation VR:No Man’s Sky is fully playable in PS VR on PlayStation 5 by virtue of its backwards compatibility functionality.
An evolving game: Just another step on the evolution of the best-selling title, No Man’s Sky Next Generation will come preloaded with the previous four years of huge upgrades from day one. Join in the journey at our most important moment yet.
I have said it a million times now, but if you were burnt by what No Man’s Sky was at launch, please give it another go. The outstanding work and support Hello Games has put into fixing this game after a less-than-stellar launch is just mind-blowing. I cannot wait to see what The Next Generation has to offer.
No Man’s Sky: The Next Generation will be available day-and-date with new consoles.