Hello Games has been updating its space exploration and adventure game No Man's Sky with fresh content for almost half a decade now, and it is not done yet. The latest update, dubbed Prisms, is aimed towards dramatically increasing the game's visual fidelity while also adding the ability to adopt and ride flying creatures.
The visual improvements come from the addition of screen space reflections for higher quality reflective surfaces, alongside enhanced volumetric lighting, light refractions, as well as rain and weather density improvements, among other effects. There is now even an advanced photo mode to take the new graphics for a spin.
There are also new audio and visual effects for warp travel, more alien looking subterranean biomes, a huge increase to the number of stars that can be seen across the sky, and – as Nvidia announced earlier this week – DLSS support. Fur rendering is also in for the first time, giving appropriate creatures the all-important fuzzy look.
Not all enhancements are available across every platform though. Screen space reflections are only enabled on PC, the new generation consoles, and the Xbox One X, with support for PCVR coming soon. Old-generation consoles are also missing out on the planetary detail improvements this update carries. Meanwhile, Xbox One S and PSVR platforms aren't getting the new fur rendering
The No Man's Sky 3.5 Prisms update has now shipped out across all systems. The official patch notes of the release can be found here.