Update: It Sounds Like No Man’s Sky Really Is Getting VR Support Soon

by Jamie Feltham • March 29th, 2018

We’ve been asking for VR support for No Man’s Sky, Hello Games’ enormous space simulator, for as long as the game’s been around. But, after a series of updates this week, fans think that support may actually be about to happen, and there’s a lot of evidence to support them.

If you haven’t dived into No Man’s Sky’s extensive viral marketing campaigns already then it can be hard to figure out what’s really going on, but there do seem to be some genuine hints that VR support may finally arrive soon. Hello Games has long been running an alternate reality game (ARG) tying into its space epic called Waking Titan. It consists of a series of fake websites, phone numbers and more that provide clues for players to figure out, usually hinting at what’s to be included in the next update for the game.

Well, first up, the game’s community thinks it’s found the next Walking Titan site (based on a code that was then translated to an IP address), which supposedly offers a Chinese wearable device that influences a user’s dreams. It’s basically a futuristic VR device. Tellingly, though, images of the company’s CEO and founder were found on stock photo websites, suggesting the entire thing is fake. The tech is called W/Are (which, yes, sounds like VR) but the logo above actually resembles V/RE, too.

That might not seem like enough to go on by itself, but Hello Games founder Sean Murray supposedly added his own hints this week. A now-deleted tweet (still embedded here) featured an image of his phone with the code 6d, 6f, 72, 70, 68, 65, 75, 73 on it. One of his followers claims that this is Hex Code that translates to ‘Morpheus’. Sure enough, we checked this out on a translator site and, yep, that’s what it works out to.

Morpheus was, of course, the codename for Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset when it was first introduced all the way back in 2014.

Now, adding even more fuel to the fire is that fact that Hello Games just announced a new update for the game, called No Man’s Sky Next, which it promises to be its biggest update yet (the game’s also coming to Microsoft’s Xbox One). ‘Next’ certainly suggests some sort of revolution for the game.

It’s set to arrive this summer; could it really bring VR support on PS4 and PC? We’ll leave that up for you to decide, though Hello Games has always expressed enthusiasm about a VR version of No Man’s Sky (and even experimented with the tech in the early days of the Oculus Rift). The chance to explore the game’s many billions of planets inside headsets is a tempting thought indeed. We guess we’ll find out this summer.

Update: Oh and look and that. We didn’t notice it before but the W/Are logo appears at the very end of the Next tease, which we guess is meant to suggest it will support the device that’s almost definitely fake. If you want to get into the super nitty-gritty we’d also point out that the red dot on the X brings our attention to the letter’s reflection, which forms a V.

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  • if this turns out to be PS4 only then it can fuck right off!

    • Raphael

      Then we’d have to punch Sean Murray’s head.

  • Eddie Barsh

    Omg this would be a dream come true to have a VR game w this kind of scale! I don’t have the game right now but if it gets VR support I will absolutely be getting the game ASAP !

    • Matthew Stephenson

      Elite Dangerous?

      • Chris Grall

        Elite is not on PSVR

        • Matthew Stephenson

          Well that’s too bad. It’s absolutely phenomenal

          • gothicvillas

            What keeps me away from Elite Dangerous is the need for hotas… some say its ok to fool around with controller but game shines with hotas. Is thats true?

          • LordXanos

            Elite is awesome with HOTAS, gives you enough axes maximize the ships 6dof. plus in VR your game hands match what you’re actually doing (mostly), gives that momentary thought “its real”

  • Beyond Infinity

    Minor errors in the articles:

    Walking Titan > Waking Titan
    Sean Murrey > Sean Murray

    • Jamie Feltham

      Good spots, thanks!

      • Thery Ehrlich

        Also, the red dot and shadow under the X seems to be more of a play on the Atlas space station found in the middle of the game’s cover art.

  • wrapter

    I stopped playing this game after getting my VR headset. If they make this game in VR which now has joint support, ill get it for sure. The lack of multiply is the reason i don’t get Skyrim VR. Hopefully NMS VR releases soon as momentum has been a problem with these kinds of announcements.

    • BaneBlackGuard

      looking like August

  • Jean-Sebastien Perron

    NMS was my favorite PSVR game, then I got PSVR and completely lost interest in any non-VR games. I will buy it again for my PC WMR if they make it VR like they were supposed to do in the first place. Renember NMS was a PSVR launch title.

    • IanTH

      I don’t recall ever hearing anything along the lines of a confirmation, only that Murray thought VR would be a good fit and that it was cool. That he might be “saying too much” by talking positively, but never heard it was supposed to be a PSVR title.

      I’m looking forward to going back to NMS if they can get either a) co-op or b) VR. Hopefully we get one of those in the upcoming update. Glad to hear them finally start talking about it though – was starting to think they might have closed up shop on the updates!

    • Matthew Stephenson

      Over at /r/Vive (all HMDs welcome) we call them “pancake games”.

      • Jean-Sebastien Perron

        Wow! “Pancake Games”, from now on, I will always use that expression to describe this aberration from our past.

  • Raphael

    No man’s 48-54-43-20-56-69-76-65

  • Jacob Dixon

    I thought the company logo that is on the website, and the same logo on No Mans Sky’s NEXT tease, to me, more resembles “V ARE” not “V/RE”. “V ARE” is pronounced exactly like VR and makes me think even more that this is actually true! I really hope so! “V/RE”, like the article says it looks like, to me would be pronounced as “V ray”…

  • Quick, buy those cheap PS4 copies!

  • Wow… NMS looks to finally become the title I wanted it to be to begin with.

    If this pans out, I’ll be happy to take it for another spin… its been just sitting there on my drive for over a year now, waiting specifically for this possible development –the main reason I wanted the game and prepaid it.

  • Les Vega

    um so Halflife 3 is confirmed?!

  • Jim P

    Hope it come to the Rift

  • Jacob Mueller

    april fools joke, they’re really shutting down the servers.

  • Justin FlowerPristine

    I will actually play this if it gets VR treatment

  • SendsV8

    V/RE is code for V/R Enhanced. All platforms will be supported which is why it is centered alone beneath all of the logos.

    You’re welcome.