In No Man's Sky, the universe is about to get a bit more lively for everyone. Starting with a new update on June 11, Hello Games' space exploration and survival game is getting crossplay on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The news was announced, like so many tidbits about No Man's Sky, with a tweet from Hello Games founder Sean Murray and some fresh patch notes. Crossplay isn't the only change coming to No Man's Sky tomorrow, but it's certainly the biggest. Implementing the feature required moving "to an entirely new networking architecture, with more flexibility for the future, allowing players to play together regardless of platform."
Coinciding with the addition of crossplay, tomorrow will mark No Man's Sky's launch on Game Pass, meaning there'll be a whole new group of PC and Xbox One players getting in on the cross-platform fun. It'll also be made available for purchase on PC through the Windows Store, if Steam and Game Pass aren't to your liking for whatever reason.
A lot of the other tweaks coming in the patch exist to help facilitate crossplay, like a new platform-agnostic No Man's Sky friend system with unique codes and reenabled voice chat on PS4. No Man's Sky is also getting options for automatic transcription and translation of voice chat, which should hopefully help multiplayer be both more accessible and friendly across language barriers.
Finally, for No Man's Sky players who are really committed to the space-fairing life, Hello Games is adding a number of comfort improvements and features for its virtual reality implementation. Players' real heights will now determine their height in VR, there's an option to show a full body, and there are even improvements being made to hand tracking—all the better for waving at fellow players and NPCs alike.
If crossplay's the new feature that finally has you interested in trying out No Man's Sky, just remember that USG's got a guide section for it, covering the basics of getting by in the universe as well as some of the more intriguing updates and additions Hello Games has made in recent months.