Wednesday, October 28th 2020

No Man's Sky to Receive Next Gen Update for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X

Do you remember No Man's Sky? Yes, that procedurally-generated game that mostly flopped at release, promising an endless universe for you to explore. Well, the game may have launched way back in 2016, but it's become one of the most well-supported releases in the history of videogames - at least, for a release that doesn't count on a subscription-like service to generate revenue. Hello games has now announced that they will be launching a next gen version of No man's Sky for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X - and gamers who already own a PS4 or Xbox One version of the game are eligible for a free upgrade.

The new, next gen version bumps the visuals to 4K resolution running at 60 FPS; severely diminishes loading times; features cross-play support; and there's also support for 32-player multiplayer, the first time this has been implemented in the console version of the game. There will also be a measure of graphical improvement beyond the increase in resolution, such as improved shadows and volumetrics. Improvements to spatial audio have also been baked in, due to the next gen console's support for more advanced soundscapes. PC users, of course, are already entitled to the update (it's one of the positives of having machines that can always slot in alongside the current generation of consoles). Whatever your opinion on the games' release state, the amount of content and support that has been delivered after the games' release should place Hello Games at the top of your developer short list.
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12 Comments on No Man's Sky to Receive Next Gen Update for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X

#1
Fleurious
Good to see all the updates it has been getting. There is actually a really interesting youtube video about the engoodening of this game.
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windwhirl
Damn, these guys just keep pouring it on. Hats off to them!
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#3
Chrispy_
I love Hello Games for their committment, but how do they make money? I paid them once in 2017 and that was it.
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#4
windwhirl
Chrispy_
I love Hello Games for their committment, but how do they make money? I paid them once in 2017 and that was it.
One of life's mysteries :laugh:
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#5
Punkenjoy
I think they make sales everytimes there are major updates. I have seens it not so long ago in the top sales on steam. I also suppose you will need to buy it again on next gen console...
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Raevenlord
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Punkenjoy
I think they make sales everytimes there are major updates. I have seens it not so long ago in the top sales on steam. I also suppose you will need to buy it again on next gen console...
It's in the news piece that the update will be free.
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neatfeatguy
Chrispy_
I love Hello Games for their committment, but how do they make money? I paid them once in 2017 and that was it.
Hello Games isn't just making money off of No Man's Sky.

They do have Joe Danger games (never played them), I'm sure they're getting some kind of steady revenue from them and it appears they just launched The Last Campfire for a handful of platforms in August of this year. Not to mention that No Man's Sky still retails for $59.99 or whatever. You can find it on sale, upwards of 50% off that I've seen, but the price tends to stay at the original release price for the most part.
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rtwjunkie
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Punkenjoy
I think they make sales everytimes there are major updates. I have seens it not so long ago in the top sales on steam. I also suppose you will need to buy it again on next gen console...
It also periodically gains new sales placing it in the top ten on GOG, usually after news of an update. I’m guessing that over the 4 years, this has turned from floo to a huge financial success for them.
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#9
yotano211
If they make money on this game, good for them, but I still wont play it.
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#10
Easo
At this rate the Internet Historian will have to make a part 2 of his video.
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#11
Soulwatcher
I never bought it, maybe now is the time to buy it after the update.
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#12
Vayra86
Played this shortly after launch and it was a zen like experience. Dropped a good 40 hours in it and it was good fun exploring the limits of the random generation. Burned out shortly after. Generally felt clunky... but enjoyable... but lacking in purpose.

With the base building update I played it again and they gave the game purpose. Just not entirely a purpose that clicked with me. But what I'm seeing now... definitely going to revisit and once again give it a shot. It still has the zen like quality to it, and its worth a visit. Pretty unique experience all things considered. And its only getting better really.
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