Hello, today we’re excited to be able to release our latest update for No Man’s Sky, Prisms, free for all PlayStation owners starting today.
As you explore the universe, how you perceive the sights around you is so important. That’s why we’re excited to be able to give No Man’s Sky a visual overhaul with this update. We wanted to let you see everything you come across with new eyes, and we hope your screenshot button is about to be used even more!
Whether in the depths of space, on man-made structures or on organic planetary life, everywhere you look there are now stunning details like reflections on your spaceship, more detailed caves, improved lighting in space stations, realistic effects on water and weather, and even more variety with fur on creatures and pets!
And of course, with all of these visual enhancements, it makes sense to also upgrade Photo Mode with improved depth of field and bloom controls.
Here are some of the features and enhancements that PlayStation travelers can download starting today:
- Volumetric lighting – New styles of volumetric lights improve lighting in a number of areas, including ship and vehicle lights as well as environmental effects.
- Distortion effects – Audio and visual distortion effects have been completely reworked for a spectacular new interstellar experience.
- New caves – Caves have been completely reworked, with new lighting effects, more detailed environments and more generation variety.
- Parallax occlusion mapping – New parallax occlusion mapping technology brings additional texture detail and depth to planetary structures and space anomaly.
- Star Effects – Variety, quality and number of stars in the sky have been greatly improved.
- Improved rain effects – Rain effects have been greatly improved, bringing storms to life in a new way. As the rain continues to fall, the ground and other objects around the world become slippery and covered with water.
- Improved torch visuals – The Exosuit torch now benefits from improvements to its visual effects as well as improvements to dynamic brightness and positioning.
- Refractions – New lighting technology brings refractions to No Man’s Sky. The new effects can be seen all over the universe, including on glass-based parts; spaceship cockpits; force fields and more!
- Space station core – The Space Station hangar has been significantly overhauled for a whole new visual experience.
- Creature fur – Fur has been added to a wide range of planetary creatures, providing both additional variety and added blur to the exploration and taming of companions.
- Additional planetary details – Players on PlayStation 5 will see a dramatic increase in planetary detail in a variety of environments.
- Reflections on the screen – PlayStation 5 players will find reflections and improved lighting quality in the Space Anomaly, Space Stations, Atlas Stations, Freighter Hangers, Abandoned Freighters and more for PlayStation 5 players.
- Photo mode improvements – Photo mode now benefits from significantly improved depth of field and controls, while now giving photographers manual control over flowering settings.
- Appearance modifier UI refresh – Appearance modifier user interface has been refreshed for a cleaner and clearer customization experience.
- Exotic companions – The range of creatures that can be adopted as a companion has been greatly increased to encompass virtually any life form you come across.
- ByteBeat sharing and battery improvements – The ByteBeat synthesizer now allows you to save tracks to a personal library, use them as a custom soundtrack for your exploring experience, and share tracks with other players. Significant improvements have been made to the ByteBeat’s drum synthesizer, allowing for the creation of more meaty drum loops and upbeat beats.
- Dynamic weather objects – Dangers such as meteors or lightning strikes now have a chance to generate valuable items, providing rewards for those who brave extreme planetary weather events.
- Move freight bases
- Recipe station on Nexus – A new terminal has been added to the Space Anomaly Planes Search area. This new automated research station will provide recipes to craft components, in exchange for nanites.
- Quality of life improvements – A number of UI and quality of life improvements have been added. These include: an icon to show when new items have been added to an inventory; UI improvements when receiving multiple shots at the same time; and improvements to planetary maps so that they don’t run out if they can’t find a building and now give more detailed error messages.
- Riding flying creatures – Low-flying creatures, such as giant beetles and flying worms, can now be adopted as companions. Ride a horse and get a whole new perspective on planetary exploration.
Just a few months ago, we launched the Expeditions update, and No Man’s Sky travelers on PS4, PS5, and PS VR have already enjoyed the first two seasonal adventures. Last week we loved watching the community unlock Mass Effect’s SSV Normandy SR1 frigate, what a time!
The Prisms update is already our third major update of 2021 as we continue to celebrate our 5th anniversary on PlayStation. It’s been a whirlwind trip so far, but there are plenty of other surprises to come.
Our journey continues.