Posted by Jay Ricciardi @JayRicciardi
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Jay Ricciardi

All you wanted to do was go explore the universe and name some planets after butts, was that too much to ask? Apparently.

If you're booting up No Man's Sky for PC for the first time, you might be running into some game-breaking issues right now. Players have reported numerous problems preventing them from even starting up the game - and many who can start the game have been reporting numerous crashes. If you're unable to start your journey because No Man's Sky is crashing, we've got you covered with some fixes!

1. Make sure your computer can actually play the game

Before we actually jump into our crash and bug troubleshooting for No Man's Sky crashes, I feel obligated to mention that you need to be sure your computer can actually play the game in the first place. Here are No Man's Sky's minimum PC requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GTX 480, AMD Radeon 7870
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

Got that? Good. Still having trouble or crashing? Well, let's dive in!

2. Update or install your graphics card drivers

The number one issue crashing No Man's Sky is out of date graphics card drivers, so that's a good place to start your troubleshooting! Many graphics cards have there own driver-updating platforms, but you can get the direct driver downloads from Nvidia and AMD sites.

3. Verify game cache integrity in Steam

It's not No Man's Sky, but this gif shows how to verify!
It's not No Man's Sky, but this gif shows how to verify!

This is an easy one! Some crashes might be coming from Steam itself and how No Man's Sky has been installed. I'll skip the techno jargon, but all you need to do is find No Man's Sky in you Steam Library and then:

  • Right-click on No Man's Sky and select "Properties" from the menu
  • Select the "Local Files" tab
  • Click the "Verify integrity of game cache" button

After you hit the button, Steam will verify the No Man's Sky's files over the course of a few minutes. This often fixes a lot of crashes and bugs - but if it doesn't, then jump to the next thing on our list!

4. Check for Windows 7, 8, 10 updates

Windows 10 update screen
Windows 10 update screen

This one is pretty simple as well, thankfully! You might just be playing with an out of date operating system.

  • First of all, if you have Windows 7, you need to make sure you've got the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from the Windows Support site.
  • Second, open up the Start menu and go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and select "Check for Updates."

5. Make sure you've got Visual C++ Redistributable 2010

Another problem plaguing PC users on Steam is the lack of the Visual C++ Redistributable 2010 package required to play No Man's Sky. In theory, this should auto-install via Steam without you even knowing it! But, in practice, some soon-to-be cosmonauts either don't have the file installed or possibly have a corrupted version.

Now, No Man's Sky's first PC patch should help fix this problem, but you can also go download the Redistributable package from Microsoft's Support site. The install is pretty quick and could help you get back to the stars.

6. Wait for the servers to come back up

It's no surprise to many of us that No Man's Sky is so popular, but the dev team at Hello Games didn't quite realize how many people were actually going to be playing. At the moment, many issues are simply occurring because the No Man's Sky servers are down. So, unfortunately, you might just have to sit and wait.

And we know from No Man's Sky creator Sean Murray's Twitter, that the servers are under an immense amount of strain from sheer volume of people playing the game.

7. Turn down your graphics settings

This is never a fun thing to admit, but your graphics card might not be as powerful or new as you thought.

If your graphics card is no spring chicken, just turn down your graphics settings all the way down, it might help reduce the GFX strain that might be causing crashes!

8. Keep an eye on the No Man's Sky Twitter feed (@NoMansSky)

Sean Murray, the fearless leader of Hello Games and face of No Man's Sky thankfully has a very active and transparent Twitter presence. He's already tweeted out several troubleshooting tips and tricks, so keep an eye on his feed for future solutions to your crashes and problems!

Well, that does it for our advice on fixing crashes and issues - I hope one of these things helped make your life easier! Now go out into the 18 quintillion planets and give 'em some goofy names.

Still having issues with No Man's Sky on PC? Have other fix solutions? Let us know in the comments below!