A massive part of No Man’s Sky is dedicated to resource collection and management. Everything from your suit’s life support system to the pulse engines of your spacecraft are powered by the various chemical materials found on a planet’s surface.
The downside to this is the limited inventory space players will have to deal with. The exosuit understandably has less room to store things than the ship, and although you can transfer items between the two inventories, eventually those storage slots will fill up.
You have options, though. There are ways to expand both your suit and your ship inventories to make room for more elements and maximize the amount of storage space available to you.
Upgrading Your Ship Inventory
Oddly enough, you can’t attach any additional inventory slots on your ship. Instead, you’ll have to swap your ship out for a bigger model with more ample space.
New ships can be purchased from alien NPCs and traders, both in space stations and on planetside points of interest. In space stations, simply rest your ship on a landing pad and exit the vehicle. More ships will enter the station and land alongside you, all of which contain NPCs with whom you can trade and sell items or make an offer to buy their ship off of them. While planetside, look for beacons that will highlight points of interest and intelligent life. When they’re encountered, the option to purchase their ship will be similar to that of the NPCs on space stations; just talk to them and the option will pop up.
The downside, of course, is that ships are no small investment and will require thousands--if not millions--of credits to purchase. So, be sure to pinch pennies, upload your findings, and collect rare items to sell and accumulate money as quickly as possible.
Upgrading Your Exosuit Inventory
Like your ship, you cannot purchase new inventory storage slots for your exosuit. However, unlike your ship, there are ways to add to the exosuit’s carrying capacity. Well, technically, there’s one way.
Suit inventory upgrades are obtained by finding Drop Pods, these teardrop-shaped massive metal casings found on the surface of planets. These Drop Pods will have a rotating blue hologram of your exosuit inside, signaling they have an upgrade for you. To claim it, simply walk up to it and hold down the button prompt. It will automatically open up a brand new slot with which to store more of the chemicals and space garbage you’ll collect while exploring.
Drop pods often appear as points of interest (which are demarcated by green question mark icons in the environment and made visible via scanning), but they can also be tracked down using a Signal Scanner (the structures emitting beams of orange light) and directing it to search for “shelters.”
Now, “shelter” is applied to many different building structures alongside drop pods--namely abandoned buildings and outposts--but it’s one of the surest ways to find out exactly where those sweet, sweet drop pods are located.
Note: You will have to use a bypass chip to activate the signal scanner. These are easily created using 10 iron and 10 plutonium and selecting it in the exosuit dropdown menu.
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Inventory management is by far the worst thing about this game. The stack sizes are too small, the grid is poorly organized, and having upgrades occupy inventory slots is a baffling decision.
It is pretty bad, especially the early game. I think they should have just allowed unlimited stacks if it is in your ship. Maybe limit how much stacks the suit can carry, and when you transfer from the ship to suit just ask the player how much to transfer (default to a "full" exosuit stack).
This would solve a lot of problems, the slots aren't really the problem, just the stack sizes being terrible.
The upgrades thing is basically inspired directly by Elite where you had to trade cargo space for mods and stuff.