No Man's Sky is a game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated universe.
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Release Date: Aug 12, 2016

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September 2

Patch Notes 1.07

No Man's Sky has been updated with our largest set of fixes and tweaks so far.

You can read a development update here:
Development Update

What’s different

Objectives and stuck without Hyper-drive Issues
  • Player no longer able to redeem your pre-order ship at a point which would then prevent you learning the hyper-drive blueprint (and if you have done this, we save you).
  • Player no longer able to bypass being sent to find hyper-drive tech by reloading a save in game at a very specific point.

Getting Stuck in the world
  • Fixed a couple of low repro bugs that could result in you falling through the world and getting stuck underground.
  • A raycast in some space stations could hit a very specific point that would put the player inside the floor.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause your ship to be thrown in the sky at high speed when taking off (in rare cases could in turn lead to getting stuck).
  • Fixed an issue that would cause your ship to get stuck in terrain and prevent you from taking off, if the player managed to out run generation of terrain LOD 1, and land inside an overhang.

  • Some players were unable to achieve the extreme survival journey milestone, this has been resolved.
  • Fixed an issue where some players had some technology types being reported as "already known" when they weren't actually known.
  • Under some circumstances a message was sometimes misinforming you that you learnt a blueprint when you hadn't, this has been fixed now.
  • It was possible you could use up all available slots for waypoints on the galaxy map and be unable to set new waypoints. This is much better now.
  • There was a bug that could cause objective markers to disappear when you loaded a previous save. This is fixed now.
  • Fixed a rare issue when scanning creatures that would cause all planets to show as 100% complete even if you had only completed one.

Save / Load
  • Fixed a bug what could cause some corrupt save games to not be loaded, this is now fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where saves made with the system clock set in the future could cause problems.

Crash Fixes
  • Fixed a crash that would sometimes happen when warping into a system with a space battle in progress.
  • Fixed a crash that could happen when interacting with an NPC.

Tweaks and Improvements
  • It is now easier to scan flying creatures.
  • Fixed height and weight stats being the wrong way around for creatures.
  • Gek towers can no longer be interacted with repeatedly.
  • The 'You have unredeemed items' message will now only show for the first 5 minutes.
  • Fixed getting 0% charge on Photon Cannon when buying a new ship and constantly being prompted to charge it.
  • Reduce Suit VO for life support warnings and only do life support VO on 25% and 50%.
  • Fixed grave being transferred to the new star system after you warp.
  • Fixed toxic protection 3 (theta) from having the wrong name.
  • Fixed incorrect marking of sea caves under floating islands.
  • Turning down music and SFX volume in the options will now work correctly (mutes the VO also).
  • If you change ship or multi-tool and then revert to previous save the ship should now be the one you had at the time.
  • Atlas station collision improvements to prevent you from bumping into them too much.
  • Fix for the stars not being discarded during load/warp (causing duplicate stars).

PC Only Issues
  • Editing the settings file and corrupting it could cause the game to crash. Instead of crashing it will now revert back to the default settings.
  • The inventory screen now works correctly regardless of resolution.
  • Added error message for older CPUs without SSE3 support.
  • Synchronise frame capping with the first vsync (removes some framerate issues).
  • Added steam id to login call to help track down some login issues.
  • Fixed the X key size on the galaxy map.
  • If you press Tab+P in quick succession, the game paused and didn't let you out of it.
  • Fixed a performance issue by defaulting your texture resolution to a sensible value based on available GPU memory.

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August 20

Patch Notes

Since No Man’s Sky on PC released last Friday the team has been incredibly busy. We’ve gathered all the support requests to, but we’re also tracking posts on Steam, GoG, Reddit and anywhere we can find online.

Right now the team is fully focused on categorising and fixing support issues in order of priority, based on the number of people they are affecting. The information and crash dumps you’ve posted have been indispensable in helping us track down and fix these issues.
We’ve now released 3 patches, and hopefully they really improve the experience for everybody. As you can see it’s been a huge amount of work for a small team. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Next week expect at least one more major update, which will enter testing on Monday once we finish working on it this weekend. Once all our support requests have been answered then we can begin improving the game with new features :)

See below for notes on all three recent patches!

Patch 1
The focus of patch 1 was to add greater support for more hardware. Either specific hardware configs, or hardware outside our min spec. We want as many people to be able to play as possible, and these were our most reported issues.

AMD Phenom Support
Game is now confirmed working on Phenom CPUs.
Thousands of lines of assembly have been rewritten to support AMD CPUs. The game code no longer relies on anything above SSE 2,
Havok Physics has also now created new libs for us to add Phenom support.

Alt-Tab has improved
Some systems/configs were crashing or not pausing correctly on Alt Tab. This should now be resolved.

Improved Performance
On CPUs with 4 threads or fewer, performance has been improved.
On CPUs with exactly 8 threads, performance has also been significantly improved.

Framerate Stuttering due to Shader Caching
Framerate was initially stuttering due to shaders not being correctly cached by the GPU on some systems. We have replaced the GPU caching system. You may notice some stutter during the Galactic Map intro to the game (the very first time you run), but it should be smoother from then on. This is particularly true on ATI cards.

Max FPS Cap
On some CPU/GPU configurations, setting Max FPS to 60 or 30 was not giving 60 or 30 FPS (causing stuttering). This has been fixed.

Radeon 6xxx
Added support for this GPU, which doesn't support OpenGL 4.5 fully.

Save Corruption
Solution to try to prevent saves getting corrupted no matter what’s going on in background processes (see Patch 3 below, where we also are attempting to recover corrupted saves).

Intel GPU Detection
We do not currently support Intel GPUS. We are working on this for a future patch, to expand our min spec.
In the meantime, the game will now let you know if you are trying to run with an unsupported GPU. This will hopefully flag for some users that their high end GPU has not been selected.

Gsync has been disabled by default, which was causing an issue for some users

Mouse Smoothing
Generally this is most helpful for players with sub-30 FPS.
Smoothing on mouse movement has been improved to prevent hitching or stuttering, and is now adjustable through the Options menu in “Mouse Smoothing”.
It defaults to off. If you feel micro stutters in framerate affecting controls, feel free to turn this up. If you feel the framerate is "slow" or "lumpy", please make sure that this is turned off

Patch 2
For patch 2 our focus was on the most reported bugs or crashes. Our aim was to improve stability, and make sure player’s saves are safe in future.

Stuck under the world
It was possible for players to save their game stuck under the terrain, leaving them stuck. This was caused by getting shot down in atmosphere, and their ship reaching ridiculous speeds as it crashed to the planet. This has been resolved.
Whilst it won't happen anymore, if you are currently already stuck under the world, we detect this and do our best to rescue you.

Crash after warping
Occasionally at random the game would lock up after a warp, or return to desktop. This was due to very specific timing in hardware (a threading specific bug) – meaning that unfortunately for some people it was regular, and for others they would never be able to recreate it. This was our most reported crash during gameplay, and has now been resolved.

Game failing to save until you died
If the player died, and then loaded the game ten times without saving, and then died, player progress wouldn’t be saved from then on until you died again. This is fixed now! This was also causing player’s saves to grow in size.

Crash fixes in scanning
Quite a rare crash, but in certain scenarios it was possible to scan from space or on planet and crash the game.

Crash warping inside a freighter
When warping into a battle sometimes the player warped into the inside of a freighter and everything went crazy :(
This is fixed now.

Patch 3
Patch 3 is targeted at our next most common support requests, fixing the next most common crashes, as well as trying to help players who have become stranded or have corrupted their save files.

Stranded in Space Station
If you died in your ship while in atmosphere of a planet with a damaged ship, you could respawn in a space station with your launch thrusters and pulse engine damaged. If you did not have the resources to fix them then you could no longer take off and be stuck there. This will no longer happen.

Loading Corrupted Save Files
Some players have corrupted save files, we’ve been working with them to still load saves even if they are corrupted (this can happen for many reasons outside of the games control). This fix has allowed many players to still load their save even if they have become corrupt on PC.

Crash fixes for next three most commonly reported issues:
- As the player gathers a huge amount of discoveries, there was a threading issue that becomes more prevalent the more discoveries you have, and could cause the game to crash.
- If you had collected a large number of blueprints, in a specific order it was possible to crash the game when you received a new blueprint. This has been fixed.
- Players who set a large number of waypoints could find themselves in a situation where they could crash the game in the Galactic Map, this is remedied now (PS. A better waypoint system is coming).

Overall these fixes should remedy around 70% of our current support requests. We're working on the next 30% right now. If you are still experiencing issues please do mail

Thank you,
Hello Games

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About This Game

Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man's Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action.

In No Man's Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you'll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before - and perhaps never will again.

Embark on an epic voyage

At the centre of the galaxy lies a irresistible pulse which draws you on a journey towards it to learn the true nature of the cosmos. But, facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you'll know that death comes at a cost, and survival will be down to the choices you make over how you upgrade your ship, your weapon and suit.

Find your own destiny

Your voyage through No Man's Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you upgrade your ship for speed and weaponry.

Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Invest in more cargo space and you'll reap huge rewards.

Or perhaps an explorer? Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before. Upgrade your engines to jump ever farther, and strengthen your suit for survival in toxic environments that would kill the unwary.

Share your journey

The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching. Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own...

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 480, AMD Radeon 7870
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
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39 of 46 people (85%) found this review helpful
92 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Sean Murray, thx you a lot.

You taught me not to trust screenshots, videos and promises of developers before release of the game.
You taught me not to buy something on prerelease to get some reward (especially that breaks the game)
You taught me not to play game more than 2 hours to see, what else developers didn't include in the game.
You taught me if game has a lot of bugs, crashes, FPS drops, bad optimization, localization - this is good reason to refund it, but not wait for fixes.

You taught me never trust you and Hello games.
I paid the price for this knowledge in full.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
127 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
We need to petition a mass refund.
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
183 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
The perfect scam:

Bait players into playing past the refund deadline, using false advertising, so Steam won't refund the purchase.



Welcome to the future of gaming, folks.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I've played 11 hours of this. Needless to say, it's not going to stray away from the other reviews on it. It's a failed promise. The developers said that, upon release, the game would have a whole lot of bells and whistles, that ended up not existing in this game.

I have never refunded anything on Steam before, so I thought I might get a little leniency having put 11 hours into it. (I'll grant you 2 hours is 2 hours, but I needed to see for myself if there really is anything more. This was within the 14-day period. And after I tried refunding it, I haven't played it since. But no such luck.) Moral of the story is, buyer beware, don't be the first of the first to try a product. Especially not in todays gaming marketplace. More likely than not you'll end up with a steamy log of false promises.

Don't buy this unless you're prepared to be disappointed.

PS I'll return to this game in a while and see if the developers make good on their promises, and i'll revise this review to reflect that.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Let this be a lesson to us all: never pre-order anything.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
This game feels like a tech demo or a $15 indie game, and not like a game that charges AAA pricing. It feels unfinished and what little there is to do gets boring after only several hours. And that's coming from someone who doesn't mind grinding in games too much, as long as there is a purpose. NMS makes you feel like you are grinding just for the sake of it, as the ending of the game is a huge insult considering "reaching the centre of the universe" was so hyped and talked about. Sean Murray overpromised and severly underdelivered. I would 100% refund it if I could.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
As someone else mentioned, the fact that there is a refund disclaimer on here says enough. Steam sadly chose the side of the developer instead of the community.

The game is nice for about 30 minutes until you realize that 90% of what was promised or shown in the trailer is not in the game. Cash those checks Steam, clearly supporting blatant lying to the community is important.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Ah, No Man Sky. How do I review you?

Take a delicious, hard earned serving of world building batter. Put it in the oven and allow it to gently rise and gain a golden crust of fantastic, infinitely different textures. Take it out of the oven, you master chef, then place it upon a golden user-built plate of perfection. Then give all that to your release, sorry, 'finishing chef', to give the final touches.

Then watch as he slaps a thin veneer of interactivity over it and then goes on a smoke break.

No Man Sky? More like No man would buy this shtako because it is basically an indie game in the extensive robes of a main stream title.

And, to complete this review, I will answer the blurb on the store page:
“Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you upgrade your ship for speed and weaponry.
Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Invest in more cargo space and you'll reap huge rewards.”

I won’t be anything, No Man Sky, because trading is pointless, fighting is pointless and the rewards, thanks to a truly idiotic inventory system where a pearl takes up the same space as several tons of uranium and upgrades that somehow TAKE UP INVENTORY SPACE EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE, LIKE, A CPU!”

Anyway, I normally wouldn’t mind dropping 10 pounds for this stuff, but no voice actors, no real interactivity, no… well nothing. I applaud them for the advertising campaign and excellent delivery. I resent them for trying to make me thing this game has any value beyond a tech demo.

In short: I, having played it, will kindly give the reader of this review an invitation to message me and ask for the game that they thought NMS would be. So I can complain more.


Farle Shadow.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
this game shouldnt even be free-to-play
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
63.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I want a damn refund...

for over a month now the damn game is unplayble for me.
crash after startup.
no reaction from the HG support.
no known workarounds are helping (reinstall, setting file editing ect.)

beside all that .. i really tryed to give this thing a fair chance... i really did .. for round about 60 hours.
honstly ... this game is the biggest ♥♥♥♥up 2016.

i just hope a lot of people learned a lesson from this.
i was against preoder and hype before this turd hit the fan,
but now i'm so against that even femnazis would think i'm to radical.

sriously from now on all devs can go suck a big one until they have prooven
that they have a finished product wich is in a working order.
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The Fabulous Techno
4.0 hrs
Posted: October 21
... why did i buy this game
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25.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
Please, dont make mine and many other unfortunate souls same mistake. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. It is worth, maybe 15$ in the kind of graphics quality your getting, not 60. Beyond the games look, the game mechanics where to be found. You will enjoy this for about 1.5 hours, the rest is a grinding bore.
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Dovy Skall
3.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
If ever there should be an exeption on refund policy, this game is it. I am ONE hour past the limit and still... no refund. The game is not what was advertised. It's buggy, boring, laggy and crashes and still... no refund. wth? I feel betrayed.
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28.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
Today is opposite day!
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Patrick Pearse
2.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
sooooo over priced
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38.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
I know the majority of people were really disappointed with this title but honestly, I think the game just got away from itself with the hype and I in large part blame Sony's involvement. This game was made by a handful of people, they worked really hard on it and, yes, they could have communicated better, but I don't think it's a bad title. A little expensive, perhaps, but not bad.

My top issue with this game was how common intelligent life was. I was 'discovering' things but I felt like it was all meaningless because every planet and solar system was already populated by intelligent races. It ruined my sense of adventure and I just felt like I was following in their footsteps rather than discovering anything for myself.
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27.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
Procedural planets are all uniform, no continents, no sea, no rivers, no cascades, no snowy mountains, only deception after deception. So much wasted potential.

I fell for the hype.
Now, I feel robbed, tried to fix it with mods, it's not good enough, it is really boring after 2... 3 ... hours, super repetetive.

I can run the new DOOM in Ultra at 1080, 60 fps, and No Mans Sky struggles, 22 Fps.

I feel a bit sad.

I hope this review helps. I'm just been honest.

Maybe try it if it cost around 10$, at 60$ it is a scam.

Have a good day.
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16.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
My worst buy in steam so far.
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10.2 hrs
Posted: October 21
Give me my money back you scam artists.

0/10 would never recommend.
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The dankest meme
27.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
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