No Man's Sky on PSVR 2 gets an improved VR mode

No Man's Sky on PSVR 2 gets an improved VR mode

No Man's Sky has been optimized for the launch of the Playstation VR 2, with an update set to improve the VR mode and bring new features to the game.

Update 4.1 for No Man's Sky has been available for free download since February 22nd and includes the VR mode for the Playstation VR 2. Players who already have the PS5 version of No Man's Sky in their library can use it to explore the game's procedurally generated universe in virtual reality. The update will also include new features for all other versions.

No Man's Sky VR mode enhanced on PSVR 2

Since the release of the Beyond update in August 2019, gamers have been able to experience No Man's Sky in VR. Studio Hello Games adapted more than twenty controls for spaceships, land vehicles, and more to 3D controllers at the time.

In addition to a PC VR version, the developers also delivered a Playstation VR version of No Man's Sky VR at the time, but it suffered from imprecise control due to the weak tracking of the Move controllers. With the improved VR mode and the precise Sense controllers of the PSVR 2, this should be a thing of the past - just like the unloved Move controllers of the PSVR 1.

With the Fractal update (version number 4.1), No Man's Sky VR will benefit from the power of the PS5 and PSVR 2, which should make it possible to see through dense foliage when exploring planets at greater distances. It will also take advantage of PSVR2's 3D audio and Sense haptics.


All versions of the game benefit from the new update

There are also new features that affect all VR versions of the game, such as a redesigned user interface for VR mode and an immersive HUD. All available interactions should feel natural and purposeful in VR.

Optimized interactions include reaching for objects or plants, opening cockpits, and controlling spaceships. For example, players can use hand gestures to open their inventory in virtual reality and access it through a virtual display on their wrist. The options for the multitool will also be visually embedded in the multitool.

The following new features can be experienced without VR headsets: No Man's Sky now supports the Steam Deck motion controller, PlayStation 4 and 5 dual-sense controllers, and Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons. The options menu has been redesigned to include new accessibility features. There is also a new expedition, the super-fast spaceship Utopia Speeder, and a robotic companion.

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Sources: Hello Games, The Verge