No Man's Sky has a well-documented history of huge, game-changing updates, and that record continues with Fractal, the latest major (and free) expansion. Released today on all platforms, you can download this patch now and enjoy everything it brings to the table. The headline act this time around is full support for PSVR2, but there's plenty more besides that.
For PSVR2, Hello Games has given the virtual reality version of the game a complete visual overhaul so it all looks nice and sharp on Sony's new headset. It'll also support all the bells and whistles, meaning you'll get haptic feedback in the headset and the Sense controllers, adaptive triggers, 3D audio, and more. The HUD and menus have been redesigned; you can change settings on your Multi-Tool with a menu embedded on the in-world device, and a wrist-mounted display lets you interface with the quick menu easily. Additionally, the PSVR2 version of the game adds immersive physicality, such as opening your starship's cockpit manually to get in, unholstering your Multi-Tool from your shoulder, and even engaging enemies with your fists. On paper, it looks like proper, full-throated support, so we're excited to give it a try.
Elsewhere, the Fractal update introduces a whole bunch of other new things. Firstly, there's the Utopia Speeder, a new type of ship that can skim above a planet's surface at high speeds. You then have a new Expedition named 'Utopia', asking players to work together to "rebuild an abandoned solar system for the mysterious Utopia Foundation". Rewards include an exclusive helmet, a giant robot companion, and more.
Gyroscopic aiming is also being introduced as an option on supported platforms, including PS5 and PS4, and a new Wonders Catalogue allows you to look back at all your best discoveries, such as tallest mountain or biggest creature. On top of all that, there are new accessibility options to tinker with to adjust your experience.
It's a mammoth update, and there are even more details to be discovered on the official website. Will you be jumping back into No Man's Sky with PSVR2? Hop aboard in the comments section below.
Bugger. Now my whole PSVR2 schedule has been thrown off! Lol. Anyone who says there aren’t the games to justify the price are smoking something they shouldn’t be.
I’m wondering if any new trophies have been added though. The fact I already have the plat is the one disappointment.
That’s great to hear. And when you’re in VR, those fits are OP in PVP, I accidentally blew my friend away my pretending to rotate my hands in a defensive boxing stance.
It was great in PSVR, so I can only imagine how impressive it is in the new headset.
I was just having a conversation with a friend about video games in general when they brought up "that space game that made all these promises and wasn't worth the time". Then they told me they hadn't played it since the release.
Man it was such a cool moment having them over and showing them what No Man's Sky has become. Greatest video game redemption story of all time.
@thefourfoldroot1 I saw people the other day saying exactly that - It doesn't have the launch library to justify a purchase.
I have 4 games for it right out of the gate and no time to even play one of them properly.
This game will never stop. Its just baffling. And now that its fully VR2 my life is officially over.
@Shepherd_Tallon Exactly. My launch line up is 8 games. Lol. I'd argue its the strongest launch of any new system in the history of gaming.
@invictus4000 R.I.P. lol. I will be in the same boat when my headset finally arrives.
Some day they’re going to finish this game…
Maybe PS6 will get a “Complete Edition”? 🤷🏻♂️
I do like the gyro control addition. I finished HZD Monday night - after playing 90% of it 5 years ago - and started HFW last night and I was happy to see gyro controls. The stick isn’t terrible but the little bit of motion for precision, like shooting all of those ladder locks, was nice.
@invictus4000 strongest and cheapest when it comes to games. When UE5 is out and games come in VR2 for that engine we will freak out trust me.
I know, I have 7 games (although S&S and Switchback aren’t out quite yet). And I don’t even have GR7. Crazy talk from some people! There’s at least 5 more I’ll definitely buy when I get time to play them!
Edit: it’s arrived! Now just have to get through work and charge the controllers. Will probably be able to start playing about 20:30 just 6hrs to go.
Anyone know if you can play this in 3rd person in VR2 ?
I think 4 is the most amount of games I've had at the launch of any platform/hardware.
If the Project Wingman leak is legit and if that comes in the next few months I reckon I'll happily let my brain melt playing it.
And then that Behemoth game is on the horizon too. I still need to see gameplay, but the tone set by the CGI trailer was very nice.
Bless your nerdy heart, I hadn't seen this.
That's made my day.
Of all of the features being added, I'm most excited for gyro aiming. It is fantastic to see gyro aiming being added to more PlayStation games.
I didn't expect this to go on sale with VR launching and paid full price last week. It's on sale this week! Oh well...
@rjejr LOL at least we take the same amount of time to finish games. I finally finished HZD with platinum last week and I don't even trophy hunt, it's my only plat other than Astrobot. Wanted it done before Call of the mountain. Might pull myself from VR2 to get into HFW soon too though.
@Shepherd_Tallon Only 4? You're doing it wrong. Or you have impulse control. One or the other.
I'm tempted to add Kizuna, Unplugged, and Drums Rock...and maybe Cave Digger 2.......I need help.
Also you said "behemoth on horizon" and I got very confused for several moments.
@thefourfoldroot1 Doesn't an NMS plat mean you've finished the prologue?
Haha, awesome, yours ended up arriving before mine! (You're 5 or 6 hours ahead of course...) I'll be living vicariously through you now...
Yeah its basically just VR2, another godawful Expedition that no ones likes doing and QoL stuff no one was asking for. Its been almost a year since the last update of actual note considering the anniversary update was just a dumbing update for Switch players and added nothing worthwhile. So yeah overall not happy with this update.
When I pick up VR2 I might jump back into this.
Hats off to the Devs once again. Astounding support for a game most folks paid less than 30 quid for and have played for dozens, if not hundreds, of hours . Am tempted to buy it again just to show them a bit of support.
I literally picked up NMS two days ago for £20 after seeing some of the latest ps5 screenshots, I’m only 10 hours in but I’m loving it (I think this is the game Danny Dwyer “saw” (as in its potential) when he was making the No Clip previews). This might actually get my to buy the PSVR2
Just watching Ian Higton on Eurogamer stream this and he is saying its not as sharp as he was expecting it to be,still a bit blurry.. but an improvement on PSVR
@Fill3rup_ I thought it was announced that the PSVR 2 update was supposed to be delayed from launch day to launch window, so maybe they just pushed it out and the visuals will be improved later?
@Darthmoogle Possibly but why would they release the mode but not update the graphics for the psvr2?
Bought this brand new just for PSVR2. Never tried it before. I could have bought it cheaper 2nd hand but thought the devs deserve the sales income considering all the updates and making the VR2 update👌
@Fill3rup_ my best guess is that because this update is actually a full content update across all versions of the game, not just to add PSVR 2 support. Completely speculation on my part but maybe they just decided best to launch it as is and improve it later than to hold up the update as it seems Hello Games wanted the update to go live on all versions of the game simultaneously. That or what I heard was completely false and this is the VR version we are getting
@Shepherd_Tallon if you've not tried it song in the smoke is a 9/10....got a ***** name but it 25hrs,great graphics and gameplay,trippy story and its a survival game but vraf
I really wanted to like this game and I did play about 50 hours of it, but the galaxy just fell empty and meaningless despite finishing the "campaign" if you want to call it that.
I also didn't really dig the main aliens species in the game and I hated hour they didn't really talk, just text on the screen.
4.011.000 coming down now 10.628GB
@ROTTIEMAN16 I hadn't heard of it before I saw it in a PS article earlier today.
I dismissed it, but I'll give it another look now.
Cheers for the tip!
It's funny I think because of the name most people dismiss it but it's one of the few full length games on psvr2.It has really tactile crafting and great combat and exploration.Give it a go and thank me later
@ROTTIEMAN16 If you have NMS is Song in the Smoke kind of redundant survival games though since you'll be spending so much survival time in this one?
@NEStalgia completely different sort of game,SitS is heavily focused on vraf crafting and survival.It has a really good campaign what you start and finish in 20-25hrs,I prefer it to nms but that's me
it sounds like they have something else planned with the " more will follow" its great to see this game keep having updates thrown at it , other series would have flipped this into 1-2 sequels by now.
@Brydontk I would say one of the most FFXIV is right up there.
@NEStalgia "HFW soon too though"
Honest question, do you know how CotM relates too HFW? Like, should you play HFW first b/c there will be spoilers? 🤷♂️
I put off starting HFW b/c HZD:FW (Frozen Wilds, not to be confused w/ Forbidden West) was mid game on the map, so that's when I played it, mid game. BS looks more like a place to go to after so I figured I could start now and finish then, then finish BS before day 1 Zelda TotK, already voucher pre-ordered, as was the Link amiibo. 😂
I should finish Astrobot Rescue Mission as well. I'm halfway thru, that lava kraken boss w/ the arms and the jumping wore me out.😝
@rjejr CotM takes place in the region of HZD, during the late parts of the game. You actually meet Aloy early on and she says she has business with the Shadow Carja in Sunfall and takes off, so that tells us exactly where in the HZD story we are. Assuming there's no time gaps I'm not aware of yet I think it should all take place BEFORE the end events of HZD, so before Aloy heads West at all. I made sure to finish HZD before CotM came out, but I don't think it connects to HFW at all, at least directly, it's a HZD paralogue.
Yeah, I've been putting off HFW too and figured the timing with the BS release would but it right in line with when I'd be ready to explore it. If it's not delayed or stand-alone. I think my VR time will be split daily with 2D time, since the headset clamp starts to bother me after several hours, so I'll probably keep up with starting HFW between now and April. Might not finish it before TotK though.
I'm still dreaming of the Astrobot Rescue port for VR2. I can dream up until today's SoP anyway....
@NEStalgia Thanks for the CotM info. Suppose I could have looked it up myself but I don't care. I mean Uncharted 2 is 1 of my favorite al time interactive movies but I have no idea what, when or where Golden Abyss takes place, so at least I'm consistent. 😁
@rjejr IDK if anyone knows where Golden Abyss takes place. I think that's from before they really cared about a long series with continuity
@NEStalgia "before they really cared about a long series with continuity"
So, before the MCU when everything has to be interconnected. The UU. 😝
@rjejr Can we just go back to the 21st century not happening?
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