PS4 Version Of No Man's Sky Has Frame Rate Dips As Low As 13 FPS

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 12:45 PM
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If you’re thinking of buckling and picking up No Man’s Sky on PlayStation 4 due to it launching a few days earlier than PC, perhaps think again. Frame rate analysis of the console version has found that No Man’s Sky can dip down as low as 13 frames per second in some scenarios, such as flying a ship near to the planet’s surface.

Digital Foundry has been running the ruler over PS4 No Man’s Sky, finding out that Hello Games is targeting 1080p / 30 FPS/ For the most part it hovers on or around 30, particularly during light loads such as walking on planetary surfaces. Neither weather nor climate has any affect on this whatsoever, so you’re looking at a solid 30 once you leave your spaceship.

Where things get really tricky is when players are accelerating at a great place. No Man’s Sky’s procedural generation based on the formula requires a lot of data to be sent back and forth. Find a new planet and you can expect frame rates to tumble. They’ll also drop as you fly across its surface, slowing down as it loads in new assets. “These are calculations made a split-second before revealing the new terrain or object, and when it can't keep up, we see dips to the 20fps line, and sometimes even lower,” writes Digital Foundry.

The lowest frame rate recorded during the No Man’s Sky benchmark was 13 fps, which is getting down into unplayable territory. The trick, apparently, is to double back on yourself. This will bump the frame rate back up to 30 fps thanks to reusing assets.

We’re still waiting on any sort of PC code to get an idea of what performance is going to be like for PC players. Despite it being a console-focused released, I can’t imagine No Man’s Sky running too terribly of a run-of-the-mill gaming PC. If, like the PS4 version, it isn’t well optimised, it may be best to wait for a few performance updates before jumping in.

Source: Digital Foundry

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20:09 Aug-12-2016

Looks like i'll be getting the PS4 version.
Judging from the horrible reviews on Steam.... It dips to as low as 10fps on GTX 980, constant hitches, freezes and crashes...

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14:57 Aug-12-2016

Both? forreal

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17:50 Aug-21-2016

Rich people, man...

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11:20 Aug-10-2016

One of a very few reasons why I joined the PC Master Race

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12:58 Aug-10-2016

" very few reasons " huh O.o

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15:57 Aug-10-2016

What? You have more reasons?

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19:22 Aug-10-2016

Mods, 1080p, steam, more than 30 fps, better graphics, emulators, being able to change between mouse&keyboard and controllers, cheaper games, cheaper machine.

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21:44 Aug-10-2016

You forgot to add in Cheat Engine, Piracy and Alt+Tab.. hehehe... Just kidding

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08:02 Aug-11-2016

Alt + Tab is useful

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09:42 Aug-11-2016

Guys, dont forget our ascended lord and saviour DA GABEN!!

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07:02 Aug-10-2016

I honestly thought that the screenshot for this article was from Abzu for a second

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23:34 Aug-09-2016

LOL!

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17:30 Aug-09-2016

oo well hopefully I can get that smooth asf 60 frames on my rig!

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17:03 Aug-09-2016

Lets just hope this is a PS4 issue and not a foreshadowing of what the PC version will be like as well. I really want this game to be well optimized. And I know this makes me sound like a dbag, but I hope it works amazing on PC just want so we can throw it in their faces. Maybe then they'll finally stfu about Arkham Knight.

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09:19 Aug-10-2016

way to take the high road, my man. have a thumbs up.

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07:50 Aug-12-2016

I could only play the first 3 games. Is there something wrong wid arkham knight?

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16:15 Aug-09-2016

without the awesome sony exclusives ps4 would be dead by now

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15:19 Aug-09-2016

Great! Finally a game you can call a pc port and is poorly optimized for consoles!! xD

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04:37 Aug-10-2016

LOL. It's morning over here and that comment just made my day.

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15:16 Aug-09-2016

I am kind of excited about this... since it is on GOG i will probably play a little bit before i decide if i want to buy it. The best part of the game is online but should be able to get a decent feel for it through the DRM-free version.

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15:07 Aug-09-2016

PS4 MASTER RACE!

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14:49 Aug-09-2016

Here's where PC power will make a huge difference.

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14:44 Aug-09-2016

After watching the whole video, I honestly think that this game runs rather well on PS4, really. When on planet, walking around, and doing what ever the fps doesn't hitch at all. The problems start when flying fast, near the surface of the planet, when the game is proceduring/loading new environment. So most of the game there shouldn't be issues.


But I really hope the developers would have done something, like lowering the resolution, at least to stop dropping to well under 20 fps. They have surely been aware of this problem.

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19:33 Aug-10-2016

Not that I support the decision, it was probably the amount of time in the scope of total gameplay you'll spend flying like that which led them to their decision. They wanted to make sure the fps was solid were you'd spend most of the time.

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14:08 Aug-09-2016

And here I was thinking that the artwork-style visuals would allow the game to run at a constant 60, even on PS4.
No matter. If the game is even slightly well optimized the average PC should run it just fine.

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13:44 Aug-09-2016

Oh, I dont want to sound mean, but I cant wait for the cries of the console fanboys. Especialy after the amount of stupidity I read on the internet where they claimed their consoles are more powerful.

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13:34 Aug-09-2016

Whahahahah


So this is the real reason $ony was being a d*ck recently (as they usually are) to Youtubers just talking about this game.

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22:28 Aug-09-2016

Wow. How are they getting away with flagging videos that are just discussions?
That is restricting free speech, especially since there is no actual infringement.

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13:18 Aug-09-2016

I'm not even sure if I will ever even consider playing this game as I am still waiting on Star Citizen.

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13:54 Aug-09-2016

Star Citizen will never be finished anyways, I bet the creators never had the intend to finish it in the first place.

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15:18 Aug-09-2016

You can always try the DRM-free GOG version. It won't have the best part if the game (online), but you should be able to explore a little and see if you like it before buying it :D

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16:19 Aug-09-2016

No thanks. I don't pirate games anymore. Left that life years ago.


Now if the creator releases a free demo, then I likely will.

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13:00 Aug-09-2016

13 fps? That's pretty bad, unacceptable for a next-gen console. I hope that's not a bad omen for the PC version.

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14:06 Aug-09-2016

By PC standards it would be atrocious. Even Intel Chipset users generally give up when it dips that low.
Ace up our sleeves - most people playing NMS on PC will be able to brute force the game to run okay. Through enough power at it and XD

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15:04 Aug-09-2016

I'm sure they can improve that in the next update! I recon its due to all the modifications done on the day one patch.

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