No Man’s Sky Launch Suffers FPS, Performance Issues On PC
No Man's Sky

The PC launch for Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky was marred by a fairly significant problem: performance. The game launched earlier in the week for the PlayStation 4 but now that it’s out for PC the developers have been pelted with seemingly endless supplies of reviews piling in from people who are having a tough time playing the game.

Over on the Steam page there are more than 14,000 reviews on file at the moment, half of which are negative. No joke, there are 7,170 negative reviews in as of the writing of this article, and you can expect that number to grow significantly within the next 24 hours.

Robo Hobo does a fine job of summarizing what the actual problems are…

“10 FPS on a GTX 980?
No Man’s Lag
DO NOT BUY… Yet. (They’ll fix it eventually.)
Also a game breaking bug with pre-order ship and hyperdrive can get you stuck.”

Robo Hobo’s warning to steer away from No Man’s Sky has been echoed by multiple gamers. However, not all of the warnings are about performance and frame-rate, some people have issues with the game crashing before they even get into the actual game.

Axis explains…

“Amazing game i get as far as hello games logo and it crashes. don’t buy until its fixed.


found some confusing details with the help of a friend
on steam it states the min req graphics card as nVidia GTX 480 which cant have OpenGL 4.5 but on sean murrays twitter he clearly states that you require Opengl 4.5 to be able to play the game “please make sure your gfx is above the min spec.” source: (scroll down a bit to see the tweet about it)”

The tweet that Axis is talking about from Sean Murray reads as follows…

So what about the people who do have a GPU that supports OpenGL 4.5? Well, Michael Futter from Game Informer ran into trouble running No Man’s Sky, expressing the concerns on Twitter.

Renown gaming pundit TotalBiscuit also confirmed that No Man’s Sky doesn’t run well on his gaming laptop or his main gaming rig.

The collection of people basically saying that No Man’s Sky doesn’t work as intended span the spectrum from minimum requirements to high-end gaming rigs, but a lot of people are still having problems running game adequately. The story is exactly the same with the user reviews over on, where they’re giving the game one out of five stars for poor performance and optimization.

Now if you’re in the camp where you’re skeptical about all of this hate and that perhaps you’re suspecting some kind of anti-hype machine behind, you might have those impressions misplaced. Just opposite appears to be happening on some user review forums.

Twitter user Honkimus Maximus spotted something fishy on Metacritic… copy and paste 10 out of 10 reviews.

If you head through the archive link it’s true that sprinkled throughout some of the 10 out of 10 reviews are copy and paste comments about the game being “exactly what the developer said it would be.”

At the end of the day it’s your money and you should only spend it where you see fit and when you feel as if the product meets the standards you’re expecting. If the game is having problems running at a decent frame-rate for a large number of gamers then it might be best to wait for several patches to address the problem before diving in.

According to Sean Murray on Twitter, the team at Hello Games are already working on patches to address the performance issues. We’ll see if they can turn around this launch day snafu and create something worthwhile after they roll out some much needed fixes for the PC gaming crowd.

If you’re having troubles with the game, there’s a support page up over on Steam that offers some troubleshooting tips and solutions for No Man’s Sky.

(Main image courtesy of schweet)


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  • Dunno, works fine for me and I’m enjoying the game a lot.

  • LurkerJK

    Why are sjw trying so hard to defend this game ? What is their angle ? are they just defending the shit they overhyped?

    Even without problems the game looks like an unrewarding repetitive grindfest and an exercise in frustration with small inventories and lots of status bars you need to constantly feed,

    I could understand the appeal of looking at new planets and searching the mismatched animals but it’s hardly a game to go fanatical about

  • Ebalosus

    For me and many others, the game simply won’t boot because it’s only been compiled in the SSE4.1 instruction set. I have a Phenom 2 X6 1090T Black Edition that is well above minimum spec, yet cannot run the game because its latest supported instruction set is SSE4. This is how we know the game is almost a straight console port, as they didn’t test to see if it would run on somewhat old, but still competitive, hardware.

    • durka durka

      ” because it’s only been compiled in the SSE4.1 ”

      Oh for fucks sake, this happened with mgs v and earth defence force shadows of new despair.

      This is it mate, time to buy a new cpu.

      • LurkerJK

        Ive had this problem twice before, always because i had an AMD cpu and it was a revision or two behind the competing intel chip.

        Something to keep in mind when looking at the price tag

      • Ebalosus

        I will when I do a rebuild next year. Just annoys me given that both Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous run just fine on my machine.

  • savaze

    The game still runs a bit wonky, but it runs better on max settings, minus v-sync, than on any other setting – for me that is. I drop offline constantly, and that causes problems with in-game achievements – which have a celebratory sequence (takes over the screen) when they register online. It’s horribly annoying when it happens 10 minutes after you achieved whatnot, and even worse when it celebrates them minutes apart when you accomplished multiple achievements at once. It’s also problematic when it does it while you’re in combat. That’s my 2-cents after 4 hours of play.

    Other than that there’s no hand-holding, not even a tutorial. Exploration is beneficial after you’ve gotten so far into the story, otherwise you’ll spin your wheels trying to get something to find out that you can’t until a story related condition is met, and it won’t be met until you find it and travel the galaxy looking for it. There are also shortcuts that cost over 3 million cash to purchase, which will take you around 10+ hours without exploits. So basically play the story, err discover the story…

    gtx 1070
    Windows 10 64-bit
    16 GB Ram

  • Gorgon

    >At the end of the day it’s you’re money

    >tfw being money

  • giygas

    Fony Sony deploying cheap shills for damage control as usual.

    • Gorgon

      Should have made the player character a woman and claim misogyny on negative reviews.