No Man’s Sky: Beyond is rolling out now, and this is the biggest update yet. It seems as though every system in the game has been improved upon, on top of the new additions it adds.

I won’t go into all of them here, because there are so many. But here are the highlights.


  • Expanded multiplayer, allowing up to 8 players per session on console, and 32 players on PC.

  • VR support, for various PC VR systems and PSVR. And you can use standard controls or motion controls.

  • Heavy optimization, including switching to Vulkan rendering on PC. This one is huge for older PCs and AMD cards, and Vulkan has many other benefits for optimization across the board.

  • New story elements have been added to stitch together the multiple stories that have been added since launch.

  • Crafting, tech learning, and language learning have gotten a significant overhaul to make them more accessible and give players more choice. For example, the tech you learn is now in a tree, where you can pick and choose which path to take for what is important to you at the time.

  • The space anomaly is now a player hub, and Nada and Polo now have a bunch of new friends with them that can give you new story and missions.

  • NPC animations have been improved, they’ll now walk around and interact with the environment.

  • You can now ride some of the creatures you find on your travels.

  • Base building has been overhauled, and they’ve added powered objects and logic to the mix to make some more advanced bases.

  • One of the most requested features (though probably as a joke) has been implemented: you can now sit in chairs.


But really, this isn’t nearly all. If you’ve seen it in the game, it has probably been tweaked in some way. Check out the full patch notes here:

https://www.nomanssky.com/beyond-update/

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 08/14/2019 at 06:15pm

I was thinking about writing about this when I saw it a while ago. I thought about asking if you were going to do that. Again, I think you do a better job. Your bullet points make the post look good. Maybe I should take some inspiration, or maybe I shouldn't be a copy cat.

Are you going to play this again? I'm not sure, myself. I don't actually have it installed on my SSD yet, so I'd pretty much have to redownload it (I don't want to run my games off of the HDD).

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/14/2019 at 07:25pm

FYI you can keep games downloaded and move them between your HDD and SSD. But I don’t think you’d run into much of a hitch running this one from the HDD. It’s the same few textures just arranged in interesting ways programmatically so there’s less taxing on the hard drive and more on the CPU to build the world.

I have tried it on both and it only improves loading by a couple seconds so I let it live on the HDD.

But yeah I’m going to try some of the new things out. Not sure if I’ll make a new game or not. Depending on how good the VR is (and how sick it makes me) I may finally properly play my PS4 copy.

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 08/14/2019 at 09:40pm

I kept many of my installed games where they were on the HDD. I copied some over, that I wanted installed on the SSD. Unfortunately, Steam still re-downloaded the games that I moved over. It's ok though. Yeah, I know how to run games from a second folder.

You have VR? I'd be interested in how that works, looks, or plays. I have VR ready hardware, except for the headset. I'm not sure when I might get into VR, but it's not really a priority for me right. I'm still waiting for reality to bring us the Holodeck from Star Trek. I think that could be the end of society as we know it though. LOL

Do you think you'll write more about this update after playing it some? I pretty much always start a new game, I've never made it to the center. I'm not sure whether or not I want to jump back in the game right now. I did watch a video of Sean Murray talk about this update and how it basically includes three main features. He was smiling the whole time he talked about it, which I thought was cool. Here's a link to that: https://youtu.be/zAo7b4HjtjQ

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/14/2019 at 09:51pm

That's weird, it should just move it right over. Oh well. I guess you could do the manual...

1. Rename the folder
2. Tell steam to uninstall it
3. Tell Steam to install it
4. Stop the install
5. Move that folder to the new location
6. Start the install

It should just reverify if you do that, I did that a few times before they implemented the ability to change it.

And yeah PSVR is pretty neat. Very cheap way to get into VR. It's not as good as the Vive I wouldn't imagine but it's great for what it is.

I may or may not write more, kinda depends on how neat it is.

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 08/14/2019 at 11:14pm

When I installed the SSD, I put Windows on it and made it my primary drive. I want the SSD to contain my regularly used files (like games and apps), and the HDD to be my back up or storage space (for other files like docs and stuff). I created a fresh install of Windows on the SSD and so I had to install everything else fresh as well. So, Steam did not see that any games were installed (because they weren't). I tried copying game directories from the HDD to the SSD. It seemed like Steam was verifying the files, but still downloaded them anyway. I'm really not even sure that I'm noticing a difference in game load times with the SSD. The SSD definitely makes Windows boot incredibly faster. Maybe I did something wrong with how I tried to install games to the SSD and maybe I'll pay more attention to that in the future. The SSD is a bit limited, so I don't really want to install a bunch of stuff on it. I'd still like to install games on it just to see if there's any performance/loading differences. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it. :)

Back to NMS, I'm just not sure I feel like jumping in it again. I feel like I've been through the beginning quite a few times and don't necessarily want to repeat it, although I always want to start out fresh with a new update. Perhaps with this new update I'll enjoy it more. The last time I played, I got stuck on a mission and pretty much gave up.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/15/2019 at 03:14am

Oh! That makes more sense now. Yeah some games will have a big difference, some not so much. Fallout 76 seemed to load about 10 seconds faster on SSD.

And yeah, that’s kinda why I haven’t started over with each update, I’ve already put so much into it.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 08/15/2019 at 02:27pm

I wish my computer could handle the game! I bought it launch day and dealt with *all* the issues/bugs/crashes, and still thought it was pretty incredible. But it was missing so much that I expected it to have. Watching all these updates the past few years has made me super jealous!

...this is one of those games that the potential sucks me in so much, I might be willing to buy a PS4 and PSVR. (Although it likely would turn into yet another system that just sits there like both my Classics and Wii U lol)

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/15/2019 at 03:17pm

Yeah Adam, I think they’ve gone well past what most expected it to have.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 08/16/2019 at 06:20am

Going to be putting my PSVR to use tomorrow night on this. I'll be sure to report back on how it goes. :)

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 08/21/2019 at 06:29am

After 355 hours and almost a year after having played it, today I learned something about NMS. You can claim abandoned ships and keep your current ship! I saw this done by one of my favorite YouTubers, Paul Soares Jr.. I did a little Googling and it seems that there's a bug with this in that you have to put the inventory from your old ship into the new one and then you can claim the new one, for free, actually, I think. I don't know if that "bug" still exists, but it wasn't too long ago that people wrote about it. Do any of you have any experience with this?

Ok, so I tried it out, things are different. Why did it have to spawn me at a toxic and then a boiling planet? Uh. Yeah I started a new game three times. I don't intend to make note of all the changes I noticed here. I did get my star ship repaired, but I haven't taken off yet. One thing I do want to point out though is the GeForce Experience settings. They were telling me the game was already using optimal settings. I looked at the graphic/video options in game and the preset was on "Enhanced." I switched it to "Ultra" to see if I'd notice any difference, which I didn't. Travis did tell me once that you can't always trust the settings in GE. I think this may perhaps be due to a change in the game's settings and maybe GE didn't get updated. At least, that's what I think. I think the settings are different, but I could be wrong. What preset are you running with? Do you notice anything different between presets? If, so, what?

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/22/2019 at 02:23pm

I never run with any preset, I fine tune it all, but I’ve got basically everything maxed with motion blur, chromatic aberration, and scanlines turned off so I don’t get motion sickness.

And yeah you can claim those found ships for free, since you’re finding them randomly there’s nobody to pay (though I think they added NPCs to some of these)

GregoPeck   Super Member wrote on 10/07/2019 at 09:52am

After reinstalling Windows again, I found out how to successfully move your games from the old Steam directory to the new directory without having to reinstall or redownload them. Since I wasn't doing a fully clean install, Windows created a Windows.old folder, which contained Steam in Program Files (x86). This is easy! Install Steam and then exit it. This creates a new Steam folder. Then copy (or move) all of the contents of the old Steam folder into the new one, open Steam, and everything's there! :) So, I just copied from C:\Windows.old\Program Files (x86)\Steam\ to C:\Windows\Program Files (x86)\Steam\. I tried to copy them over with Steam and Steam wasn't having it. Before, I had copied the individual game folders over and Steam still had to redownload and install them. This "new-to-me" method I discovered mostly on my own worked perfectly! I just thought I'd necro this a bit and add it here just FYI, in case some one here needs to use it.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 10/07/2019 at 02:17pm

I've been installing my games to an attached (on Windows) USB drive. This means game boots are slower but once i'm in things are fast. One upside is I don't have to reinstall everything when I reinstall or do something to Windows or move my games to a new PC.

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