No Man’s Sky: 21 ways today’s Prisms update gives the sci-fi adventure a visual overhaul

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No Man’s Sky: 21 ways today’s Prisms update gives the sci-fi adventure a visual overhaul

Today’s free update also brings numerous quality of life improvements.

Hello, today we are so excited to be able to release our latest update for No Man’s Sky, Prisms, free to all PlayStation owners from today.

Whilst exploring the universe, how you perceive the sights around you is so important. That is why we’re so delighted to be able to give No Man’s Sky a visual overhaul with this update. We wanted to allow you to see everything you encounter with new eyes, and we hope your screenshot button is about to get even more use!

No Man’s Sky: 21 ways today’s Prisms update gives the sci-fi adventure a visual overhaul

Whether in the depths of space, on synthetic structures or on organic planetary life, everywhere you look there are now stunning details like reflections on your spacecraft, more detailed caves, enhanced lighting in space stations, realistic water and weather effects, and even more variety with fur on creatures and pets!

And of course, with all these visual enhancements, it makes sense to upgrade Photo Mode too with improved depth of field and bloom controls.

Here are some of the features and enhancements PlayStation travellers are able to download from today: 

  1. Volumetric Lighting – New styles of volumetric lights improve the lighting in a number of areas, including starship and vehicle lights as well as environmental effects.
  1. Warp Effects – The audio and visual warp effects have been completely reworked for a dramatic new interstellar experience.
  1. New Caves – Caves have been completely reworked, with new lighting effects, more detailed environments and greater variety of generation.
  1. Parallax Occlusion Mapping – New parallax occlusion mapping technology brings extra texture detail and depth to planetary structures and the Space Anomaly.
  1. Star Effects – The variety, quality and number of stars in the sky have been significantly improved.
  1. Improved Rain Effects – Rain effects have been significantly improved, bringing storms to life in a new way. As the rain continues to pour, the ground and other objects in the world become slick and coated with water.
  1. Improved Torch Visuals – The Exosuit torch now benefits from improvements to its visual effects as well dynamic brightness and positioning improvements.
  1. Refractions – New lighting technology brings refractions to No Man’s Sky. The new effects can be seen all over the universe, including on glass base parts; starship cockpits; forcefields and more!
  1. Space Station Core – The Space Station hangar has been dramatically overhauled for a brand new visual experience.
  1. Creature Fur – Fur has been added to a wide range of planetary creatures, bringing both extra variety and extra fuzziness to exploration and companion taming.
  1. Extra Planetary Details – Players on PlayStation 5 will see a dramatic increase in planetary detail across a whole range of environments.
  1. Screenspace Reflections – PlayStation 5 players will find reflections and improved lighting quality in the Space Anomaly, space stations, Atlas stations, freighter hangers, derelict freighters and more for PlayStation 5 players.
  1. Photo Mode Improvements – Photo Mode now benefits from significantly improved depth of field quality and controls, as well as now giving photographers manual control over bloom settings.
  1. Appearance Modifier UI Refresh – The UI for the Appearance Modifier has been refreshed for a cleaner and clearer customisation experience.
  1. Exotic Companions – The range of creatures that can be adopted as your companion has been hugely increased to encompass virtually every lifeform you encounter.
  1. ByteBeat Sharing and Drum Improvements – The ByteBeat Synthesizer now allows you to save tracks in a personal library, use them as a custom soundtrack to your exploration experience and share tracks with other players. Significant improvements have been made to the ByteBeat’s drum synthesizer, allowing for the creation of meatier drum loops and driving rhythms.
  1. Dynamic Weather Objects – Hazards such as meteors or lightning impacts now have a chance to spawn valuable objects, offering rewards to those who brave extreme planetary weather events.
  1. Move Freighter Bases – When purchasing a new freighter, your existing freighter base is automatically transferred and reconstructed. Freighter base layouts can be reset at any time from the Freighter Upgrade Control terminal.
  1. Recipe Station on Nexus – A new terminal has been added to the blueprint research area of the Space Anomaly. This new automated research station will provide recipes for crafting components, in exchange for nanites.
  1. Quality of Life Improvements – A number of UI and quality of life improvements have been added. These include: an icon to show when new items have been added to an inventory; improvements to the UI when receiving several blueprints at the same time; and improvements to planetary charts so that they will not be used up if they fail to find a building and will now give more detailed error messages.
  1. Flying Rideable Creatures – Low-flying creatures, such as giant beetles and flying worms, can now be adopted as your companion. Mount up and enjoy a whole new perspective on planetary exploration.

It was just a few months ago we launched the Expeditions update and No Man’s Sky travellers on PS4, PS5, and PS VR have already enjoyed the first two seasonal adventures. Just last week we loved watching the community unlock the SSV Normandy SR1 frigate from Mass Effect, what a moment!

The Prisms update is already our third major update of 2021 so far as we continue to celebrate our 5th anniversary on PlayStation. It has been a whirlwind of a journey so far, but there are plenty more surprises ahead.

Our journey continues.

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  • Your dedication to this game is impressive.

  • RIP Starfield.
    At this rate we will have a new ESO or Warframe…

  • This is just so cool! Thank you!! 😀

  • I love the devs, how they work so hard and put so much love into the game I love you guys keep up the amazing work, you guys and ladies created a world I can be proud to stay in and I love reading the lore!

  • Nice that the game got update. Good job!

  • LEFT__4__DEAD__2

    I am excited, I am going to play No Mans Sky! Arigatou Gozaimasu.

  • This game is beyond amazing and the free updates are amazing. Make number 2 so I can throw more money in your direction. You have earned it.

  • Lol idk if my PlayStation can handle this

  • This sounds/ looks absolutely REMARKABLE! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    Question:re: “Players on PlayStation 5 will see a dramatic increase in planetary detail… ”
    Do we need to be on the PS5 version, or just on the PS5? My save files are different; can’t seem to get PS5 saves up to date.

  • I’m excited to dive into this new update on the PS5, and the latest Expedition was so much fun! I loved having the Normandy appear and soar over the planet! I just wish I was able to take some good photos of it while it was happening lol

    As always, I’m so impressed and appreciative of the continued support and effort the team has put into No Man’s Sky over the past 5 (!!) years, and can’t wait to see what the future of the game is like going forward!

  • We’ve pretty much received No Man’s Sky 2 for free at this point!

  • Wow. Just got my PS5. Redownloading

  • One of the best supported games in my memory and without any micro transactions or other non-sense. This is a labor of love and a gift to the fans that play and enjoy No Man’s Sky.

  • I’m playing on Xbox series x with dts surround nms looks ands sounds amazing thank you hello games

  • Oh Xbox series x just keep waiting for games lol

  • This is utterly incredible. I just can’t believe, in this day and age of exorbitant microtransactions and neverending season passes and overpriced cookie-cutter content dumps, that a relatively inexpensive game like No Man’s Sky gets so much love and attention and hard work by its devs, in so many significant updates, without fleecing its fans for yet more cash.

    I haven’t really played it properly since my first foray into the universe in 2016 just after the Foundations update was released. I had so much fun and loved my 50+ hours of time in the game… Looks like I’ll have to jump back in again soon, though really want to hold out until I can get hands on a PS5, which probably won’t be until well into 2022 judging by the stock shortages and scalper shenanigans! :(

  • It is good to see improvements coming!
    My main complaint is the same building/outpost/ruins on every f…. planet! If they manage to make them procedural or at least more diverse, it would be awesome.
    In addition, the quests experience is really shallow, boring and very repetitive. So, they should add more mechanics and quests diversity.

    • it was never ‘really’ meant to be a “quest filled” game, so… you might want to try out something else.

  • The consternation consuming the gaming world after initial release of NMS pretty much strong-armed the devs into a lifelong commitment to the game, to Sony, and to fans…each update a chance for redemption (whether warranted or not) and now 5 years later it seems we have the game we were all hoping for, AND MORE!!! :)
    I bought the physical copy back when it was deep discounted to US 9.99 — I felt so guilty after this update that I bought it AGAIN at full price!
    Congratulations Hello Games!

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