No Man's Sky suffering from numerous issues on PC

Users flooded the game within hours of its launch on Steam, resulting in a "Mostly Negative" aggregate.


After waiting an additional three days to take flight and explore No Man's Sky's 18 quintillion planets, PC users encountered several bugs and glitches following the game's launch on Steam earlier today. The game's Steam page has been inundated with thousands of poor reviews, resulting in an overall rating of "Mostly Negative."

Sean Murray of Hello Game issued a lengthy series of tweets to keep players apprised of known issues and solutions as they became (and become) available.

"A frankly insane amount of people have just tried to run No Man's Sky for the first time within 15 minutes of it releasing," he wrote in one tweet. "Biggest issue reported so far is players without the Visual C++ Redist 2010. First PC patch released already! Update and restart if needed," he continued just a short time later.

Murray responded to other issues as they cropped up—from out-of-date graphics drivers to users whose video cards fell below minimum specifications.

Hello Games is working frantically on a patch to address No Man's Sky's most critical issues, though neither Murray nor any other representative has explicitly defined those issues.

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    August 12, 2016 12:42 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, No Man's Sky suffering from numerous issues on PC

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      August 12, 2016 1:40 PM

      That's odd. I just streamed it for like an hour, and had no issues.

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        August 12, 2016 1:49 PM

        Well I'm sure it works well on at least some PCs, but often times high profile releases with lots of new technology have issues on the vast array of PC hardware possibilities.

        If a few weeks from now there's still issues then that's a problem but seeing as how there's reports that patches have already come out since launch this afternoon hopefully they'll hammer out whatever the issues are.

        That all said I don't see myself buying this game any time soon.

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          August 12, 2016 1:51 PM

          It's interesting. I just posted my first hour of play over on youtube (search for Longscope's Lounge), but I can see why the hesitation.

          I've had some friends on PS4 playing it for a few days, and they've raved about it... so I caved early.

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            August 13, 2016 7:45 AM

            Aaaaand now I regret caving.

            It's big, I'll give it that. but it's an inch deep at its furthest depths. I'm already bored.
            This is an indie game, at a AAA pricepoint.

            should have been $20, not 60

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