No Man's Sky Beyond for PlayStation VR: Everything you need to know

Hello Games announced during Sony's premiere State of Play livestream that the long-awaited PlayStation VR support for No Man's Sky will be releasing this summer. Now that it's arrived, you'll be able to immerse yourself in its universe like never before.

Beyond Patch Notes

The full patch notes are immense, to put it mildly. Not only does Beyond deliver VR support and multiplayer, but it adds a slew of new features and quality of life updates. And possibly the best part: you can now tame, mount, and milk alien creatures. Because who wouldn't to do that?

What is No Man's Sky?

Where to even begin on this one. After a tumultuous—to put it mildly—development period and launch, No Man's Sky seems to have landed into people's good graces. Initially, No Man's Sky launched as a game that couldn't meet its own ambition and hype. Players are thrown into a procedurally-generated universe with over 18 quintillion planets (yes, that's not a typo), where they are then tasked with, well, doing whatever they please. No Man's Sky is built around exploration, survival, and combat. Each planet has its own ecosystem, alien lifeforms, and local flora and minerals that can be harvested to create new items for base building or sold for in-game currency.

Is it actually a good game now?

Yes! Despite what you may have heard around its initial release, No Man's Sky is actually good now. It even has proper multiplayer, expanded base-building mechanics, a new storyline, loads of new flora and fauna, and a better trade system. It's massive NEXT update that released last summer turned the ship around to make it a game people didn't need to be ashamed of for playing.

What content is releasing with the No Man's Sky Beyond expansion?

The better question is: what content isn't releasing with Beyond? Because it's a hell of a lot.

No Man's Sky Beyond is set to contain three major updates rolled into one larger release. Hello Games promised a "radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together," and it certainly delivered. This is its most ambitious expansion yet, which are strong words after No Man's Sky NEXT blew people's expectations out of the water.

Some of the highlights include:

  • VR support
  • Expanded multiplayer
  • New story content with revised missions and tutorials
  • A new social hub
  • Technology trees for blueprints
  • Inventory limitations greatly expanded
  • New traveller NPCs
  • Creature riding
  • Improved base building
  • Starship enhancements
  • Nrw flora, fauna, recipes, materials, and more

What PSVR support will it have?

Studio head Sean Murray has promised full VR integration for the entire game, including retroactively enabling it for past expansions. VR players can play together with non-VR players and your old saves can carry over into virtual reality. Beyond sports complete head and hand tracking to make it more "intuitive, tactile, and immersive than ever."

VR can be played with either PlayStation Move controllers or a DualShock 4.

When can I play it?

No Man's Sky Beyond is out now for all platforms.

Jennifer Locke
Games Editor - PlayStation, Android, VR

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.