Hel­lo Games just released anoth­er mas­sive update for No Man’s Sky, called Prisms. This update brings sup­port for Deep Learn­ing Super Sam­pling (DLSS) and improved graph­ic fideli­ty, it also includes fly­ing pets, bet­ter weath­er pat­terns, and more changes.

Prisms, or Update 3.5, large­ly cen­ters around upgrades to the visu­al qual­i­ty and aes­thet­ic of the pro­ce­du­ral­ly gen­er­at­ed sur­vival game. Plan­e­tary crea­tures can now have fur; while in the past aliens you’d encounter would large­ly look rep­til­ian, insect-like, or dinosaur-esc. Envi­ron­ments have also received a refresh­er; caves are rich­er and full of life, while sky­box­es will show more stars. Prisms also includes improve­ments to light­ing and tex­tures, such as bet­ter torch visu­als, light refrac­tions, and par­al­lax occlu­sion mapping.

Not every­thing in this update is visu­al changes. Hel­lo Games states you can now make “vir­tu­al­ly every life­form you encounter” into a com­pan­ion, which includes fly­ing crea­tures. Addi­tion­al­ly, light­ning and mete­or storms are now visu­al­ly more com­plex and will now give resources. If you trace a light­ning or mete­or strike to its loca­tion, you might be able to get storm crys­tals or har­vestable minerals.

You can see the full patch notes below, and there is a lot more than what was mentioned.

No Man’s Sky Prisms Patch Notes

Deep Learning Super Sampling

  • Deep Learn­ing Super Sam­pling (DLSS) is an NVIDIA RTX tech­nol­o­gy which incor­po­rates anti-alias­ing and super sam­pling tech­niques to improve image detail at high­er res­o­lu­tions, with­out com­pro­mis­ing framerate.
  • DLSS can be enabled for all com­pat­i­ble NVIDIA RTX graph­ics cards, and offers sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance and visu­al qual­i­ty improvements.

Screen Space Reflections

  • Screen space reflec­tions (SSR) have been enabled for PC (com­ing soon to PCVR), next-gen­er­a­tion con­soles, and Xbox One X.
  • SSR cre­ates high-qual­i­ty reflec­tive mate­ri­als and improves light­ing quality.
  • Bespoke SSR visu­als have been authored and enabled on the Space Anom­aly, the Space Sta­tion, freighter inte­ri­ors, derelict freighters and Atlas Stations.


  • The exist­ing vol­u­met­ric light­ing sys­tem has been sig­nif­i­cant­ly optimized.
  • Vol­u­met­ric light­ing has been enabled in VR.
  • Added sup­port for col­ored vol­u­met­ric lights.
  • Added sup­port for direc­tion­al vol­u­met­ric lights.
  • Added vol­u­met­ric light­ing to caves.
  • Added vol­u­met­ric light­ing to star­ship and exocraft headlights.
  • Added vol­u­met­ric light­ing to Sen­tinel drones, quads and walkers.
  • Added vol­u­met­ric light­ing to more props in derelict freighters.

Parallax Occlusion Mapping

  • Par­al­lax occlu­sion map­ping has been added for all platforms.
  • Par­al­lax occlu­sion map­ping adds addi­tion­al detail and def­i­n­i­tion to tex­tures and mate­ri­als used on the Space Anom­aly and large plan­e­tary buildings.


  • Light refrac­tion ren­der­ing has been enabled for all plat­forms except VR on base PS4.
  • Glass base­build­ing parts will now refract light.
  • Refrac­tive mate­ri­als have been added to appro­pri­ate glass or liq­uid dec­o­ra­tive items, such as glass con­tain­ers or trans­par­ent screens.
  • Refrac­tive mate­ri­als have been added to appro­pri­ate plan­e­tary effects, such as float­ing bubbles.
  • Refrac­tive mate­ri­als have been added to the Space Anomaly.
  • Star­ship and Exocraft cock­pits now refract the light.

Rain and Weather

  • The visu­al qual­i­ty and den­si­ty of rain effects have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved.
  • Rain­drops now refract the light.
  • Plan­e­tary sur­faces, plants, min­er­als, crea­tures, star­ships and play­ers now become wet when they are rained upon.
  • Light­ning storms now have a chance to cre­ate storm crys­tals at the impact point of lightning.
  • Mete­or show­ers now have a chance to leave valu­able har­vestable rocks at their impact site.

Visual and Audio Quality

  • Light shaft / cre­pus­cu­lar ray ren­der­ing has been improved for a more atmos­pher­ic plan­e­tary experience.
  • Many foliage props have been reworked for increased detail.
  • Addi­tion­al plan­e­tary details have been added, and draw dis­tances on exist­ing objects have been increased, for next-gen­er­a­tion con­soles and PC using Ultra settings.
  • Caves have been over­hauled, cre­at­ing a rich, more detailed, more atmos­pher­ic envi­ron­ment to explore.
  • Warp­ing and tele­por­ta­tion visu­als and audio have been com­plete­ly reworked.
  • The Space Sta­tion hangar bay now fea­tures an auto­mat­ed Space Sta­tion Con­troller to mon­i­tor traf­fic and ensure smooth sta­tion operations.
  • Star­ship engine audio has been remixed and improved.
  • Par­ti­cle effects, such as drone, ship and aster­oid explo­sions, have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved.
  • The visu­al effects for the play­er torch have been improved.
  • Fixed a num­ber of issues that caused the play­er torch to be too bright for the cur­rent location.
  • Fixed a num­ber of issues that caused the play­er torch to inter­sect the play­er while running.
  • Deband­ing has been improved, fix­ing sev­er­al visu­al arti­facts in high-noise areas.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the galaxy map to be less col­or­ful than intended.
  • Fixed an alias­ing issue affect­ing chairs and oth­er seat­ing in the Space Station.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause incor­rect shad­ows on freighter bridges.
  • Fixed an issue that caused ship take­off audio to trig­ger as the game loaded.
  • Fixed sev­er­al visu­al issues with the alien pods aboard derelict freighters.

Photo Mode

  • The depth of field effect has been rewrit­ten, based on phys­i­cal cir­cle-of-con­fu­sion simulation.
  • The qual­i­ty of the DoF field has been sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved.
  • In Pho­to Mode, DoF con­trols have been adjust­ed to reflect these set­tings. Auto-Far mode has been removed. A Macro mode has been added, giv­ing fine con­trol over focus close to the camera.
  • Bloom con­trol has been added to the avail­able Pho­to Mode options.
  • The but­tons to adjust Pho­to Mode set­tings have been made instant click.
  • Fixed an issue that caused audio spam while adjust­ing Pho­to Mode settings.

Creatures and Companions

  • Fur ren­der­ing tech­nol­o­gy has been added for all plat­forms except Xbox One S and PSVR.
  • Fur has been added to a num­ber of crea­tures. These crea­tures have been select­ed appro­pri­ate­ly from exist­ing species.
  • Vir­tu­al­ly all low-fly­ing and land-based crea­tures can now be tamed and adopt­ed as companions.
  • Low-fly­ing com­pan­ions can be mount­ed and flown through the sky.
  • Fixed an issue that caused crab­like crea­tures to always be labelled as extinct.
  • Fixed a num­ber of col­oration and mark­ing issues with spe­cif­ic creatures.


  • The qual­i­ty of the Byte­Beat drum syn­the­siz­er has been sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved.
  • A Byte­Beat library and music play­er has been added to the Quick Menu, under Utilities.
  • The library can be used to play saved tracks wher­ev­er you are, allow­ing you to cre­ate your own per­son­al soundtrack.
  • When with­in a base (your own or anoth­er player’s) with active Byte­Beat Devices, you can save the devices’ out­put as a track to your Library.
  • The Byte­Beat Library can be used to send tracks to near­by play­ers. Sent tracks are saved to their Library.

UI and Quality of Life

  • Fixed an issue that caused the galaxy map to show dupli­cate freighter mark­ers if your active mis­sion involved your cap­i­tal ship.
  • Plan­e­tary Charts that fail to locate a build­ing are no longer consumed.
  • Plan­e­tary Charts that fail to locate a build­ing will give an error mes­sage with guid­ance as to why.
  • When pur­chas­ing a freighter, your pre­vi­ous freighter base will now be auto­mat­i­cal­ly trans­ferred and reassem­bled aboard the new freighter.
  • A new option has been added to the freighter upgrade ter­mi­nal that allows play­ers to reset their freighter base back to the default layout.
  • A new com­po­nent recipe research sta­tion has been added to the Space Anom­aly. This ter­mi­nal allows the research of com­po­nent recipes in exchange for nanites. Plan­e­tary fac­to­ries and har­vesters will still offer com­po­nent recipes as explo­ration rewards.
  • Pin­ning instruc­tions will now advise play­ers to vis­it the Space Anom­aly to unlock recipes they do not have access to.
  • Pin­ning instruc­tions will now advise play­ers to pur­chase com­po­nents from the Space Sta­tion if the play­er does not know the recipe and com­po­nents are easy to purchase.
  • Fixed a rare instance of an untrans­lat­ed ERROR string in the pop­ups for the research trees.
  • Added an error mes­sage when attempt­ing to research a recipe before its par­ent is unlocked.
  • The UI for the Appear­ance Mod­i­fi­er and oth­er cus­tomiza­tion inter­ac­tions has been over­hauled and visu­al­ly refreshed.
  • Inven­to­ry tabs and sub-tabs now fea­ture a small icon to show that a new item has been placed in that inventory.
  • The UI dis­played when receiv­ing blue­prints for sev­er­al com­po­nents at the same time has been improved and now shows all parts in the bundle.
  • On PC, key­binds can now be cleared by re-assign­ing the same key to the same action.
  • Sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased the free­dom of the third per­son ship cam­era, so that play­ers can rotate around the ship while in flight.
  • Intro­duced an alter­na­tive and vary­ing cam­era angle while using the pulse engine in third person.
  • Intro­duced a fuel gauge to the noti­fi­ca­tions area while using the pulse engine in third person.
  • The ship cock­pit 3D map now cor­rect­ly dis­plays Atlas Sta­tions and Black Holes.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the ship cock­pit 3D map to fea­ture a space sta­tion in sys­tems where no sta­tion was present.
  • Improved the clar­i­ty of the mes­sag­ing in the Quick­sil­ver Syn­the­sis Com­pan­ion shop.
  • Improved the clar­i­ty of the mes­sag­ing when unable to redeem par­tic­u­lar rewards dur­ing an Expedition.
  • Added a warn­ing mes­sage if attempt­ing to under­take an expe­di­tion with­out an online-enabled account (Expe­di­tions do not require paid online accounts, but a con­nec­tion needs to be made to the NMS Dis­cov­ery Serv­er to ini­tial­ly down­load the rel­e­vant data before begin­ning the expedition).
  • Fixed an issue that caused some non-extreme plan­ets to be labelled as extreme.
  • Fixed a num­ber of instances where icons were miss­ing from the mis­sion notification.
  • Fixed an issue that caused sev­er­al minor UI ele­ments to be incor­rect­ly off­set at 3200×1800 resolution.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a thin white line to be drawn around an inven­to­ry slot as it expands.
  • Fixed an issue that over­laid two mark­ers if a build­ing has been vis­it­ed but also has an active mis­sion marker.

Other Bug Fixes and Optimizations

  • Fixed a crash relat­ed to down­loaded bases from oth­er players.
  • Intro­duced a minor opti­miza­tion relat­ed to instanced props on planets.
  • Intro­duced a light­ing opti­miza­tion on Xbox One X.
  • Intro­duced a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of shad­er optimizations.
  • Fixed a PC-spe­cif­ic issue that could cause slow streaming.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause hitch­ing on PC and next-gen consoles.
  • Fixed a rare issue that could cause NPCs to offer the same inter­ac­tion repeatedly.
  • Fixed an issue that reversed the intend­ed order of a spe­cif­ic inter­ac­tion with a Kor­vax found at a plan­e­tary debris site.
  • The rewards giv­en by NPCs while prac­tic­ing lan­guage skills or repair­ing their dam­aged star­ships have been rebal­anced to be more generous.
  • The con­struc­tion cost of Ion Bat­ter­ies has been reduced.
  • The con­struc­tion cost of sev­er­al Quick­sil­ver reward items have been reduced.
  • Fixed an issue that caused incor­rect and unbuild­able dupli­cate foun­da­tion and door pieces to appear in the blue­print research tree and catalogue.
  • Fixed a num­ber of snap­ping issues with large rooms.
  • Fixed a num­ber of desyn­chro­niza­tion issues with Nexus mis­sion des­ti­na­tion markers.
  • Fixed a num­ber of desyn­chro­niza­tion issues with Nexus pirate missions.
  • Increased the num­ber of poten­tial cor­rupt­ed Sen­tinel encoun­ters dur­ing some Nexus missions.
  • Fixed an issue that could pre­vent the SSV Nor­mandy SR1 frigate reward from being redeemed if it was first redeemed before acquir­ing a cap­i­tal ship.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Expe­di­tion One save games to be reac­ti­vat­ed as expe­di­tions after the expe­di­tion had finished.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur dur­ing the tran­si­tion from an expe­di­tion save to a nor­mal mode save at the end of an expedition.
  • Fixed an issue that caused black holes to always take play­ers to the expe­di­tion start sys­tem dur­ing an expedition.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause NPC ships to land on top of each oth­er at outposts.
  • Adjust­ed the land­ing pads at Plan­e­tary Archives so that ships do not take off and crash into the building.
  • Farmable crops plant­ed in your base no longer col­lide with play­ers, for ease of navigation.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an untrans­lat­ed string to appear for a short time while join­ing a Nexus mission.
  • Fixed a num­ber of text for­mat­ting issues.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the track­ing audio to be played repeat­ed­ly after a mis­sion tar­get was dis­cov­ered using a Tar­get Sweep.
  • Bespoke UI audio has been added to the com­pan­ion cus­tomiza­tion page.
  • Fixed a ren­der­ing issue that could cause dark spots to appear on the terrain.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a seam to be vis­i­ble in the plan­e­tary atmosphere.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the cur­sor to appear dur­ing dia­logue choic­es while using VR with a pad.
  • Tar­get sweep­ing and hotspot detec­tion in VR now uses the Mul­ti-Tool as the pointer.
  • Fixed an issue that could block oth­er play­ers from using some inter­ac­tions after repair­ing a car­go pod sal­vaged from a plan­e­tary crashed freighter.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause some play­ers to have zero charge on a tech­nol­o­gy upgrade but no way to recharge it.