No Man's Sky Dev Responds to PC Issues, Steam Reviews "Mostly Negative"
The game's blastoff is facing some issues.
Reports today claim the PC version is struggling with a number of performance issues, including frame rate dips and crashes in some cases, among other problems. The game's Steam page features close to 3,500 reviews and carries a "mostly negative" reception at press time.
Now, game director Sean Murray has responded. Across a series of tweets, the developer talked about some of the major issues the PC version is facing now and some workarounds, where available.
Bracing for impact on PC. We'll do our best to keep servers online. Be aware there is a lot of you— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 12, 2016
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.— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 12, 2016
99% appear to be up and running on our servers. We'll begin trying to resolve asap for those who are having issues— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 12, 2016
Biggest issue reported so far is players without the Visual C++ Redist 2010. First PC patch released already! Update and restart if needed— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 12, 2016
Number two issue so far is players who have out of date GFX drivers, or none installed. Please install latest drivers from AMD and nVidia.— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 12, 2016
Number three please make sure your GFX card is above the min spec. OpenGL 4.5 is required to play No Man's Sky— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 12, 2016
For more on the PC version of No Man's Sky, check out this post to see its file size, graphics options, and recommended system specifications. We'll report back with more details on the PC situation as they become available, but for now, buyer beware.
Developer Hello Games is currently working on a patch for No Man's Sky's "most critical issues," but the studio hasn't said what those are. Additionally, the UK-based studio has hired an external QA team (which is bigger than all of Hello Games) to assist in smoothing out the experience for players.
If you just picked it up on PC, take a look at Everything You Need to Know About No Man's Sky before starting. We've created a lot of beginner's guides and tips to make your journey more efficient, lucrative, and enjoyable.
The PC version of the game was recently delayed by three days; it was originally supposed to launch on the same date as the PS4 version in the United States. Although we don't have a full review of the game yet, you can read our ongoing pre-review No Man's Sky Diary series here.