Posted by Rob Harris @RHarris
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Let's start with what we do know. No Man's Sky, this summer's galactically hyped survival sim, launches on August 9 in the US for both PC and PS4. Sorry Xbox owners.

What we don't know is, well... just about everything else. The content of the game's procedurally generated world remains a mystery, its celestial wonders still waiting to be discovered.

No Man's Sky will be available on Steam

Wish you were here.
Wish you were here.

The hugely anticipated indie-gem-cum-mainstream-phenomenon now has an official Steam page, along with an exclusive pre-release offer for PC players.

The 'Horizon Omega ship' comes equipped with "increased firepower" and an "upgraded hyperdrive" to help you traverse far-flung solar systems even quicker.

Pre-order bonuses are all well and good, but the big question on everyone's mind is whether or not PC players will be exploring the same shared universe or not.

Will No Man's Sky support cross-platform play?

The alien equivalent of the Rosetta Stone.
The alien equivalent of the Rosetta Stone.

Because the game's universe is created algorithmically, it uses a single 64-bit seed number -- taken from a developer's actual mobile phone digits -- to generate 18 quintillion planets (or to be exact, 18,446,744,073,709,551,616).

But, like so much of No Man's Sky, whether or not this random universe will be shared across the PC and PS4 is still a mystery.

Sean Murray, the head honcho at Hello Games, has talked about the possibility of this feature but we're yet to hear confirmation on it. Skip to the five minute mark in this interview for his frustratingly vague answer:

Even if the universe is shared between platforms, it's very unlikely you'll ever meet another player, be it on PC or console.

Can I run No Man's Sky?

Finally, you need to know if your PC can actually run the game. The minimum specs required to play No Man's Sky are as follows:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GTX 480
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

The only thing left to do now it wait until August 9. And what an oh so painful wait it's gonna be...

[Source: Steam]