No Man's Sky: Next Generation Brings 32-Player Multiplayer and a Free Upgrade to Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC

No Man's Sky: Next Generation Brings 32-Player Multiplayer and a Free Upgrade to Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC

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No Man's Sky is getting another major update, but this time it's exclusive to next-gen platforms such as Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC. This will be the sixth major update for the game of 2020, a remarkable achievement given the conditions in our world right now. No Man's Sky: Next Generation will improve the visual fidelity of the space adventure game while also offering new gameplay experiences.

On Xbox Series X, Series S, PC, and PS5, the game will run at 60 frames per second, and on all but Series S, the game will also play in true 4K. Sean Murray said the new hardware allows his team at Hello Games to create "lusher, richer, and more densely populated universes than ever before." Planet surfaces will feature thousands more details like more rocks and flora. Improved shadows, draw distances, and volumetric effects bring the game into modernity.

For multiplayer, the game will expand to offer 32-player joint sessions where they can "join forces to build, survive, fight, and explore the galaxy together." This feature also aids base-building as not only can you build faster now with all hands on deck, you can build larger, more elaborate structures. 

Crossplay will extend not just between ecosystems, but across generations too, so you can upgrade to the next-gen and still play with people on prior generations, all while enjoying the next-gen upgrades yourself. The next-gen version of the game will be free for all owners of the game already and will carry over all your saved data. It will also come pre-loaded with the past four years of free updates, including Next Generation.

Next Generation will be available on day one for the new consoles' respective launches. That's November 10 for Xbox and November 12/19 for PS5 according to your region.

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