Much like our own, No Man's Sky's galaxy ain't perfect.
As we saw with Batman: Arkham Knight, Quantum Break and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 before it, No Man's Sky's PC port has been riddled with performance issues since launch, while console gamers have been able to enjoy a relatively seamless experience on PS4. Luckily, however, resourceful individuals have found some workarounds to help players enjoy a more fluid version of the game that everyone is talking about.
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No Man's Sky: Framerate Issues Be Gone!
Fix Number 1: G-Sync
Thanks to an observant gamer over on Steam, a helpful fix has seen tons of players enjoy frame rates as high as 120fps.
No Man's Sky has a G-Sync option, a feature created by NVIDIA which is designed to improve visuals on high-quality monitors. But if you're unsure whether your monitor actually supports it, it's better to disable this altogether. Disabling this feature has seen the game's framerate not only stabilize but multiply for numerous PC owners. Here's how to deactivate it:
- Step One: Navigate to the following location using your browser: C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonNo Man's SkyBinariesSETTINGS
- Step Two: Locate a file called "TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML.” Right click on it and open it with Notepad.
- Step Three: You should now see a list of graphics options, a lot of which either have "true" or "false" next to them. True = On, False = Off. Just below V-Sync, you'll find G-Sync. Set it to "false," save the document, then close it.
Hopefully it works for you, traveler!
Fix Number 2: Update Them Drivers
Hello Games themselves have come out and asked players to ensure that their PC's drivers are up to date. This is something that should improve performance across the board. Simply locate the drivers page on your PC which corresponds to your GPU. Most PCs either have AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards. Once in here, you'll be able to install the most recent updates for your drivers.
Additionally, gamers have noted that installing certain beta drivers worked wonders for the game's performance. They can be downloaded directly from this site, but you'll need an NVIDIA graphics card and compatible hardware, so make sure all the prerequisites are in place before installing.
Fix Number 3: Changing Priorities
While it hasn't been the most successful of fixes for every gamer, the following has been known to work. If the other two haven't improved No Man Sky's performance, hopefully you'll have some luck here.
- Step One: Right click anywhere on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
- Step Two: Type in the following command into the location box: cmd.exe /c start "No Man’s Sky" /High "C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonNo Man's SkyBinariesNMS.exe." and rename it whatever you wish. The shortcut should be good to go!
However, changing this will remove the stock image from the NMS shortcut. If you want the original to come back, follow these steps:
- Step One: Find your new icon on the desktop, right click it and click on properties.
- Step Two: In the Shortcut tab, click change Icon. In the “look for icons in this file” box, paste the following: C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonNo Man's SkyBinariesNMS.exe
Step Three: You should see the stock icon return, click it and hit "OK."
If you have any other issues with No Man's Sky on PC, be sure to check out our setup guide to make sure everything is optimized for prime space exploration.
Still having problems with framerates? Let us know in the comments!