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Inside the code: No Man's Sky may get VR support and possible Xbox One release in near future

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 11:39 GMT
Inside the code: No Man's Sky may get VR support and possible Xbox One release in near future
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 11:39 GMT

No Man's Sky may get VR support and an Xbox One release in the near future. This is indicated by several references that were found in the game's executable.


In the executable of the PC version of No Man's Sky there are several functions and references that indicate that No Man's Sky developer Hello Games may be working on adding support for virtual reality glasses to the game.

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The functions included in the game's executable are related to HMDs, or Head Mounted Displays, such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
Inside the code: No Man's Sky may get VR support and possible Xbox One release in near future
The functions allow users to change a wide range of settings, including head-tracking, stereo rendering, distortion passthrough, eye buffer resolution, eye scale positioning, head scale positioning and a so-called immersion factor.

The virtual reality functions can only be used in a developer edition of the game, which of course differs from the game's retail release.

Months before the release of the game Hello Games founder Sean Murray confirmed that the studio was looking into virtual reality support. Whether these functions are left over from earlier experimentation or if these are near complete still remains to be seen.
Inside the code: No Man's Sky may get VR support and possible Xbox One release in near future
Also found in the PC executable of No Man's Sky are references to a Hello Games-developed physics library that carries the name "2016-10-12.Physics.HelloGames_NoMansSky_PC_PS4_Xbone".

The name of the physics library most likely indicates which platforms the library was built for: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The library's filename may indicate that the developer is already working on an Xbox One release of No Man's Sky. The release of the game on Xbox One has thus far not been confirmed.

Hello Games did not respond to our request for comments.
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.
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