So we have been pretty much hooked on No Mans Sky VR.
We have played all weekend, and it has been a blast!
We still have much to learn ourselves, but we have already encountered some useful things
that we wanted to share.
If you just started No Man’s Sky in Virtual Reality fresh like us, then you might find
So here are 20 beginner tips and tricks completely focused on VR controls.
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Let’s dive in.
Before I start, let me tell you which controllers I have been using.
I’ve primarily been using the Valve Index Controllers.
So these tips and tricks will focus on these controllers.
However, the other VR controllers will most likely be similar.
Tip number 1.
As you may know, No Man’s Sky currently has some performance issues with some VR systems.
I’ve solved that by lowering my graphics and video options.
These are my graphics settings, I’ve shown these before in my previous video and just
wanted to show it again in case you haven’t seen it yet.
Then I’ve also changed two new things in my video settings, which I didn’t show before,
but found useful too.
I changed the resolution of the game to the lowest possible settings; this does not change
your VR resolution, only the game window of your monitor, which you don’t really need
I’ve also changed my Max FPS to the highest number, which is 160 fps.
With these settings, I’ve played over 15 hours of No Man’s Sky in VR already without
Tip number 2.
Even if you are a No Man’s Sky pro, the moment you jump into VR, the controls will
take some time getting used to.
A lot of actions are now done by actually using your hands and fingers, which is awesome!
However, these actions can take more time too, so I recommend checking out every button
right away to see what button is a shortcut for the stuff you might need a lot.
There are a couple of buttons that I find useful all the time.
The first one is a quick way to scan your environment, which is done by pressing in
the left joystick.
If you press the left touchpad, you’ll open the inventory straight away, and if you press
the right touchpad, you’ll open the game menu with the quest log and other useful tabs.
You can recenter your screen by holding both sticks down for a couple of seconds.
Lastly, you can use the jetpack by pressing the right B button.
In case you have trouble with any of these controls, then you can use SteamVR’s key
rebinding tool to rebind it.
Access it by right-clicking the SteamVR window > go to Devices > Controller settings.
There are even Community bindings here that you can use with handy fixes.
This also brings us to tip number 3.
To maneuver your jetpack, you have to reach out your arms.
If you just press the B button, you will only fly up.
However, if you want to fly forward, you’ll need to extend your arms forward and press
the B button.
Same goes for flying backward.
If you’re in a lake and want to dive, then you will have to extend your arms down to
This is also helpful for tip number 4.
The Jetpack dash-boost.
The jetpack can give you a boost forward which leaps you forward faster, which allows you
to move around faster, which is so useful since you move around so much in No Man’s
It took me a while to figure this out, but you can do this by tapping the jetpack button
several times at full fuel.
So don’t hold press the button, tap it several times.
Keep in mind that it will also use more fuel.
And if you leave some fuel to use before you reach the ground, then you won’t be hurt
Don’t forget to extend your arms to dash-boost in any direction you want.
The next tip is useful for this boost.
Tip number 5.
If you find these blue glowing plants, which are the Deteurium-Rich Plants, then grab it
by collecting it.
You’ll get a short-term jetpack fuel boost that lasts a couple of seconds.
This is so helpful when you want to get around faster.
Tip number 6.
Pay attention to the HUD.
In VR there’s currently a bug where the hud does not move with you if you turn around
with your body.
This will probably be updated soon but just so you know that if you are missing your hud,
you’ll need to turn around or snap turn.
In the HUD, the top right area is where you get loot info like the stuff you are collecting.
The bottom left area is where your health bar is, and your Hazard Protection bar.
If the weather is bad in-game, this will go down.
If you don’t do anything about it, you’ll die and lose all your items.
You can regenerate this bar by going back into your space ship, going in a cave or a
Tip number 7.
As soon as you learn how to make your Analysis Vizor, make use of it!
Even at the starting planet.
You use it by raising your left hand to the side of your headset and pressing the grip
Once activated, you can analyze objects around you that you haven’t analyzed before.
This is helpful to see what items you can get per object.
Some objects can already be gathered before analyzing it.
However, some will also have hidden items that show as question marks.
You can only get these items by analyzing the object first.
I mean, wouldn’t it be a shame to miss out on some nice loot?
This also brings us to tip number 8.
Everything you analyze with the Analysis Vizor will get you an entry in your Discovery book
which you can access from the options menu.
Here you can upload entries to a database, and for that, you’ll get Nanite Clusters,
which can be used to buy upgrade modules for your Exosuit, your Starship, your scanner,
Uploading stuff is a very easy way to get Nanite Clusters in the beginning so definitely
make use of it.
Tip number 9.
In one of the early main story quests, you’ll get a portable refiner which you can use to
refine materials to craft with.
It is a portable item; this means you’ll be able to pick it up again to put it in your
Walk to it and press the pick up button that will show up.
Right Joystick Click on the Index Controllers.
The next time you want to place another refiner, you’ll be able to do it without having to
gather the resources again to build it.
So make sure to bring it with you before you fly off to the stars, which is the next main
story quest after you got the refiner.
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Tip number 10.
In this game, you’ll also be crafting a lot, and there is a lot to craft so it might
be hard to memorize everything.
In VR, it is harder to go on the internet and look it up like you would while playing
a 2D PC game.
Thankfully, No Man’s Sky helps out.
If you need to craft something but are unsure how to make it, just open up the item you
need, for example, this piece of technology in my inventory.
Hover over the item you need, and press the button to PIN DETAILS.
It’ll now show up as a quest in your log with information on how to craft it.
Tip number 11.
The main story quest will also get you a Terrain Manipulator pretty early on.
With this, you can mine the ground and get different loot like copper.
You can easily find big areas full of metal by activating the Analysis Vizor and looking
around for these Deposits.
You can then mark it, go there and loot to your heart’s content.
Not only that the Terrain Manipulator can also save you from harsh environments.
Just dig a hole for yourself, and you’ll be protected.
Just in case you don’t have your space ship around.
Tip number 12.
Talking about Space ships.
In VR, you might also find flying the space ship more challenging than before.
Especially while steering, it will be very sensitive at the default settings.
It would not be strange if you make a couple of loops before you get the hang of it.
But by then, you might feel motion sick.
So if you have trouble controlling your ship, then I recommend these settings for flight.
Go to the options, control options, and set the flight sensitivity to around 4 or 5.
Also, set the flight to Locked Normal instead of Tethered.
This will give you much more precision, and control in VR as the ship won’t roll like
crazy anymore at the slightest movement.
Tip number 13.
The Pulse Engine in a space ship allows you to travel with immense speeds to a destination.
Some destinations can take you a couple of hours, but with the Pulse Engine, only a couple
What if you ever run out of Pulse Engine fuel in space though?
Luckily its easy.
Just shoot the asteroids around you in space, you’ll get Tritium, and that’s exactly
what you need to fuel up that Pulse Engine.
You’ll also get other items like Gold that is valuable and could make you decent money
at the beginning.
This brings us to tip number 14!
Starting this game, you’ll immediately notice how many inventory slots you have.
Almost none :P
You’ll probably wonder very fast where you can sell items.
You can do that in Space Stations.
The main story quest will also take you there, but in case you want to sell faster since
you’re full already, then you can just head up there by going into space and looking for
the tilted cube in your space ship mini-map.
You can dock it by looking for the blue light ray and going in there.
The Space Station serves as a trading center, mission hub, and some other useful things.
For example, there is an Avatar Customization monitor where you can change your look.
You can buy upgrades here, as well as find loot.
Tip number 15.
There is also a Teleporter in the Space Station that you can use to travel to your bases or
other Space Stations in other Systems.
Make sure to check the teleporter in every Space Station, so it registers as a point
You will need at least two points of entries to be able to make use of the teleporter.
Once you learn to build a teleporter at your base, you'll be able to teleport here.
This saves you some time with flying yourself.
Tip number 16.
Also, walk around in the Space Station to find loot spawned randomly.
Talk to all the NPCs for Alien language translation, which is useful for future quests.
Navigation Data is also spawned randomly on desks and tables which looks like this.
You can trade in that data for Planetary Charts at the NPC right next to the teleporter.
These charts will appear in your inventory, and if you plot a route by pressing A, it
will give you a random location that can give you random spawns, like new mining tools or
even an abandoned space ship.
Like, I got this new space ship from one of these locations.
Now, let’s move on to Multiplayer tips as we move to Tip number 17.
We actually have a little warning here.
The game still has some bugs, and it seems like most have to do with multiplayer stuff.
One bug we encountered was that Chary wasn’t able to complete one of the early main story
quests, making it impossible for her to continue.
It probably had something to do with our multiplayer session, since after restarting her character
in Single Player, she was able to do every main quest.
So to avoid this, I suggest playing the main story quests in Single Player first, at least
until you get the Construction Research Unit, which is used to analyze blueprints.
This also brings us to tip number 18.
If you want to build multiplayer bases, you can!
Although, you cannot place a Base Computer too close to your friends Base Computer.
These computers need to be at least 200 to 300 units away from another.
Chary created a base successfully near mine about 215 units away.
Tip number 19.
Don’t forget to check the settings for multiplayer too.
Go to the Options menu > Options > Network & Voice > and change the settings here.
Some that I find useful are settings like, friendly fire to no one and not allowing anyone
to delete your base parts.
And last but not least, tip number 20!
Make sure to bring a Portable Save Point with you.
You can get the blueprint in your Construction Research Unit and then build it in your quick
It’s portable, so you can bring it with you and place it anywhere so that you can
Especially with all the bugs lately, you might want to save a lot so you can reload it if
If you ever get stuck somewhere in a bug, like something I’ve encountered this weekend
where I could not leave the Anomaly Space Station anymore.
I solved that by going into Chary’s game where I was spawned in a different System.
After I did something there, I saved and went back to Single Player.
I was then spawned somewhere else in my singleplayer game where I could fix the problem I had — just
a workaround I wanted to end this video with until the devs fixes the problems.
If anything, you can also join in the BETA with lots of fixes already; I’ll put the
password for that down below.
Even with the bugs, I definitely still suggest trying multiplayer.
It is the best.
So this is it!
There is also still so much more that we have to learn ourselves, so there are so much more
tips to share.
But if you like this type of video, let me know in the comments, and we’ll make more
since we’ve become No Man’s Sky addicts now anyway.
If you have any other tips yourself for a VR player, let everyone know by commenting
Let’s help each other out.
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And as always VR on!