How do you travel to a new star system in No Man's Sky? How do you get to a different system in your starship? In No Man's Sky, a massive part of the game is the act of travelling through the galaxy, soaking in the sights of a procedurally generated cosmos. If you're just getting your feet wet in this sci-fi sandbox, you might be wondering how to leave your initial star system. As part of our No Man's Sky guide, we're going to explain how to warp to a new system and explore a new collection of planets.
No Man's Sky: How to Travel to a New Star System
Below, we're going to explain how you can get to a brand new star system and start exploring No Man's Sky's enormous galaxy.
Get the Hyperdrive Blueprint
First thing's first: if you want to jump between different star systems, you're going to need a hyperdrive. The good news is that the blueprint for a hyperdrive is given to you as part of No Man's Sky's tutorial quest. If you're just starting out playing the game, keep going with that tutorial, following all the tips in the bottom right corner, until you're rewarded with the hyperdrive blueprint. You'll know it when it happens.
Build a Hyperdrive
You have the blueprint for a hyperdrive, but it won't get you anywhere until you install it in your starship. The blueprint gives you the recipe for a hyperdrive, telling you what resources you'll need to build one. For reference, that recipe is as follows:
- 125 Chromatic Metal — This can be refined from Copper (most common), Cadmium, Emeril, or Iridium. These materials can be mined from large deposits on planets.
- 5 Microprocessors — At this stage, the easiest way to get Microprocessors is to purchase them from the space station's trade terminal.
Once you have the required materials, you can install the hyperdrive in your starship. You're almost ready!
Fuel the Hyperdrive
Before you can make use of your shiny new hyperdrive, you first need to fuel it. How do you do this? With Warp Cells, of course. Warp Cells are crafted with 1 Antimatter and 1 Antimatter Housing. Once crafted, move the Warp Cell over to the hyperdrive to fuel it. 5 Warp Cells will fill up the hyperdrive, and one system jump will use one Warp Cell.
In Space, Open the Galactic Map
You should now be ready to make the leap to a new star system in No Man's Sky. If you're not already, head up into space with your starship. Once you're up there, push Down on the d-pad and find the Galactic Map. This is a complex 3D map of the stars, and with your hyperdrive ready to roll, it's from here that you can travel to a new star system. So, pick a system that's within your ship's jump range and hold X to warp to it. After a few seconds travelling at light speed, you'll be in that new system, with brand new planets to explore. Job done!
No Man's Sky: Hyperdrive Upgrades
As with most technology modules in No Man's Sky, the hyperdrive can be upgraded. It's important to think about upgrading your hyperdrive, because doing so will let you reach systems that are further away, as well as new types of system.
You may notice on the Galactic Map that each star system is a different colour. To begin with, you will only be able to reach yellow systems. If you want to travel to red, green, and blue systems, you will need to install the Cadmium Drive, Emeril Drive, and Indium Drive respectively. You can find the blueprints for these upgrades, among others, in the Space Anomaly. For more about upgrades, see our guide: No Man's Sky: How to Upgrade Your Exosuit, Multitool, and Starship.
So, that's how to travel to a new star system in No Man's Sky. Have you been warping to and fro with your hyperdrive? Tell us in the comments section below, and be sure to read our No Man's Sky guide for lots more.