Vulkan Graphics API Support Comes to No Man's Sky, AMD Users Can Expect Big Performance Gain

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 9:59 AM
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Hello Games really has put in a herculean effort with No Man’s Sky after its divisive launch. We’ve had numerous free content updates, including base building, vehicles, and more, as well as the prospect of VR support and full-blown multiplayer. There’s one more treat for PC gamers though, with the surprise announcement of Vulkan support for No Man’s Sky.

The Vulkan graphics API is supported in No Man’s Sky right now thanks to a new patch yesterday. Previously, No Man’s Sky supported the aging OpenGL standard, and this should mean a dramatic performance improvement, particularly for those with AMD Radeon graphics cards, which excel at Vulkan performance.

“As part of our optimisation work, we have added Vulkan support to the game”, writes Hello Games. “We have been able to do this not only for Beyond, but for the current live version of the game. As such, we wanted to release this to you as soon as possible.

“Final Vulkan support will bring many PC players an immediate performance improvement, but it also helps us increase our options as we continue to make significant engine changes. It is only one portion of a large body of work that will see technical improvements for all players on all platforms.”

It’s a pretty major change to the core of No Man’s Sky and so Hello Games is rolling the update out to the experimental branch of the game first. It is recommended you back up your save files before doing this, by making a local copy of the st_[userid] folder found here: %appdata%\HelloGames\NMS\

You just need to change which branch you’re running by right-clicking No Man’s Sky in your Steam library, select ‘Properties’, then select the ‘Betas’ tab and select Experimental Branch from the drop-down list.

It is highly recommended you update your graphics card drivers to the very latest version if you want to give this a go.

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10:05 Apr-17-2019

Has someone here played this game recently? Is it worth playing now?

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10:37 Apr-17-2019

Most definitely. The game world is much more fun to explore.

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13:31 Apr-17-2019

Yeah for like 2 hours

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14:31 Apr-17-2019

I would say a little bit more, more so for people who really enjoy exploring.

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16:24 Apr-17-2019

the game is still very much about exploration and crafting above all else, but they've improved every aspect of it massively. If you didn't like the game being about those things though, you probably still won't like it now.

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23:30 Apr-17-2019

I have close to 500 hours on NMS, that being said i played the game in 2016 and through 2017 and havent played it from may 2018 but in that period i really liked the game so i suppose now its better.

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05:48 Apr-18-2019

Idk I last played it when the Vision update arrived and I still got fed up with the repetition after few hours. Same animals on extreme hot and extreme cold planets, 4 types of dangerous flora etc.

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05:51 Apr-18-2019

Plus it also annonys me e.g. there is no correlation whatsoever btw. surface temperatures and ocean/water temperatures...

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05:52 Apr-18-2019

Plus the draw distance and the pop-in was really noticable too, hope this update helps that.

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