No Man’s Sky Experimental Update Improves Loading Times and Focuses Heavily on Visual Improvements

Developer Hello Games recently deployed an experimental patch to improve initial and in-game loading times as well as performing numerous visual improvements and bug fixes.

A couple of days ago, update 1.55 rolled out, and focused mainly on performance issues. This time the game’s experimental update fixes several bugs but focuses mainly on improving visuals and fixing visual-related bugs. In addition to that, loading times were vastly optimized, around 30% to initial game load and between 5 to 10% to Warp loading times. Other changes include marked icons automatically clear once the player arrives to their destination, slightly increases damage dealt by biological horrors and triggers music once a combat with biological horrors begin, and  improves the Steam Controller’s button mapping. Here are the patch notes.

No Man’s Sky Experimental Branch 15/08 Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented planets from being added to the Discovery timeline when exiting certain ship models
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from using the Pulse Engine to escape between waves of Sentinel space fighters
  • Fixed an issue that could cause base NPC workers to become unresponsive after moving / deleting your base
  • Substantially increased the length of time fuel lasts in the hydroponic trays
  • Fixed a crash related to creatures
  • Fixed a crash related to terrain generation
  • Fix for an issue with PC shader compilation when the game is first booted which would occasionally result in a crash
  • Various performance improvements
  • Various improvements to load times (approximately 5-10% improvement to Warp times, 30% improvement to initial game load)
  • Fix to shader generation to boost performance on lower spec PCs
  • Fixed an issue that incorrectly limited the number of storage containers that could be built on the freighter
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent construction in the freighter base
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the ‘Nearby buildings’ scan on the signal booster to fail
  • Fixed an issue that prevented exploration-focussed frigates from charging their scanners
  • Fixed an issue that prevented damaged frigates from being completely repaired
  • Fixed an issue where players could start their game in inappropriate systems when starting in multiplayer
  • Marked icons are now automatically cleared on arrival at the marked target
  • Fixed a number of cases where the HUD would prompt to mark icons that did not need marking
  • Improved target locking for ship PvP
  • Improved the appearance of HUD markers on player ships
  • Fixed a number of visual issues around using the Analyser Visor in very specific circumstances
  • Improved the mapping of the Steam Controller
  • Removed an obsolete building product from the blueprint analyser
  • Combat music now triggers when fighting biological horrors
  • Slightly increased the damage dealt by biological horrors
  • Fixed an issue that could cause expedition rewards to artificially increase after save/loading
  • Fixed an issue where the Personal Forcefield could be deployed on 0% charge
  • Fixed an issue where the Mining Beam and other weapon effects displayed the wrong colour in multiplayer
  • Fixed an issue where the screen on the Multi-Tool would display the wrong ammo count for the Blaze Javelin
  • Fixed an issue where the Multi-Tool was invisible in Photo Mode
  • Fixed an issue where the Personal Forcefield would remain in-world forever when cycling Alt Weapon modes
  • Fixed an issue where meleeing while sprinting could cause an animation glitch
  • Improved the appearance of clouds in 4K/1440p modes
  • Visual improvements made to some exotic biomes
  • Visual improvements made to the space station technology merchants
  • Increased the visibility of underground toxic hazards
  • Visual improvements to buried technology modules

No Man’s Sky is available now for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

[Source: Steam]