No Man's Sky is about to receive its biggest update yet in the form of Beyond, following the multiple major updates that have hit the game since its launch in 2016. The Beyond update was announced earlier this year, slated to bring new features like expanded multiplayer as well as a VR mode. Today, Hello Games revealed its release date to be August 14.
The update is split into three components. The first of which is virtual reality support, with Hello Games adding the technology to both PC and PlayStation 4 versions of No Man's Sky. This won't be a separate mode either, as VR players will be experiencing the same world as regular players, letting them interact in multiplayer:
Grab the joystick and thruster to fly your starship over an unexplored alien planet as you peer out of the cockpit at the view below. Reach into your backpack to grab your multitool, touch it to switch to terrain manipulation, and carve out intricate shapes with unprecedented control. Play in multiplayer and casually wave to your non-VR friends or fist bump your VR peers.
Of course, Xbox One owners will be left out from experiencing these VR escapades, but the remaining two components - which haven't been fully unveiled yet - will be available across all platforms. One of these will supposedly upgrade the multiplayer experience from the existing 16-player format to something more inspired by MMO titles, while the third component is still shrouded in mystery.
As previously mentioned, No Man's Sky Beyond will be available as a free update to all PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 players.