Hello Games reveals details for upcoming No Man's Sky patch

The experimental patch is live, so you can get an idea of the changes ahead of its official rollout.


Hello Games is slowly but surely mending holes and tying up loose ends in the PC version of No Man's Sky, which launched this past Friday to a wide array of glitches and performance issues. Earlier today, the developer published a Steam post detailing changes coming in the PC version's next patch.

First and foremost, you can take the patch for a test flight by checking out beta patches on Steam. "We have hot fixes for many issues in a build which is currently with our test team," developers wrote. "This will exit testing and be made live for all players soon. If you are having issues and want to check this out immediately, we have made it available in a new Steam branch, called 'Experimental.' We are updating this branch regularly."

To gain access to beta patches, right-click on No Man's Sky in your game library then select Properties. Click the BETAS tab, then open a dropdown menu called "Select the beta you would like to opt into:." Enter the code 3xperimental to join up.

Ostensibly, enrolling in beta patches should net you No Man's Sky's DLC, which Hello Games director Sean Murray confirmed will be released for free as patches.

As for the fixes themselves, Hello games is targeting myriad issues. Alt-Tabbing should no longer cause the game to crash, some previously lost or corrupted player saves should be recoverable, performance has been improved on CPUs with 4 threads or fewer as well as CPUs with 8, and mouse smoothing has been smoothed to cut back on stuttering.

Check out the complete patch notes on Steam for a full overview, or get involved in No Man's Sky's Experimental beta patches to be among the first to see what Hello Games is ironing out.

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