Hello Games has revealed a new update for No Man’s Sky called Fractal, and it brings PlayStation VR2 support to the game.
Fractal, which is update 4.1 for the game, is live right now for all players and it adds support for Sony’s second generation headset alongside “new immersive controls and next generation visuals” for the new VR platform, which is out today.
Here’s what to expect on the PlayStation VR2 front:
- Play the entirety of No Man’s Sky in virtual reality without compromise, with new levels of immersion.
- PS VR2, using the power of PlayStation 5, provides a truly next generation virtual reality experience. Featuring reflections, terrain tessellation, increased draw distance, denser foliage, ultra quality textures and refraction.
- PlayStation VR2-specific functionality includes headset vibrations, 3D audio technology and intelligent tracking, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the PS VR2 Sense controller and more.
- Switch between VR and standard gameplay. Continue from an existing save to revisit favorite planets, bases and creatures in full virtual reality.
- The HUD and user interface has been completely remade for virtual reality, to ensure every interaction available in the game feels natural and built for purpose. Including controlling Multi-Tool options via a menu embedded on the in-world Multi-Tool; and browsing the quick menu and inventory via a personal wrist-mounted display.
- Lift open your starship’s cockpit, then reach out and grab the controls to take flight. Turn around for a full 360° view of the starship and vehicle cockpits, with incredible details only visible in VR.
- Many interactions have been given special VR-only options, including: grabbing plants and other collectables with your hands; physically opening the cockpits of ships and exocraft; piloting starships directly with a VR stick/throttle; and punching objects to cause damage.
- With complete head and hand tracking, interactions in virtual reality make No Man’s Sky more intuitive, tactile, and immersive than ever. Physically unholster your Multi-Tool from your shoulder. Intuitively aim and fire at targets, or put it away to engage in combat with your fists. Tap a button on your headset to toggle the Analysis Visor, then point towards fauna, flora, and minerals to scan and discover them.
PlayStation VR2 players, and everyone else too, can earn a new starship, the Utopia Speeder, which allows players to skim across planet surfaces at high velocity. Hello Games says today’s update marks the launch of a new Expedition called “Utopia.” It “challenges players to work together and rebuild an abandoned solar system for the mysterious Utopia Foundation.” Other expedition rewards include the new exclusive Fearsome Visor helmet, a robotic drone companion, and more.
PlayStation, Switch, and Steam Deck versions of No Man’s Sky now support gyroscopic controls. Plus, a new Wonders Catalogue shows off “your most incredible discoveries, from tallest mountain to strangest creature, giving explorers a detailed record of their journey and allowing players to compare their records with fellow travelers.”
For Switch players, Hello Games says there’s new content for the platform in the form of all Nexus and Quicksilver missions, as well as the Trace of Metal story, which includes a drone companion and upgrades for the Minotaur Exomech.
“2022 was a pretty packed year for No Man’s Sky with major free updates like Sentinel, Outlaws, Leviathan, Endurance, and Waypoint, plus a bunch more of our popular expeditions, whilst also launching on Steam Deck and Switch,” a press release reads. “We’ve got an even bigger year planned for 2023, with Fractal and PlayStation VR2 support marking just the starting point.”
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