No Man’s Sky creator Sean Murray reveals that upgraded PS4 console the PS4 Neo could “fundamentally change” the experience of the much hyped space exploration game.
Prior to E3, Sony confirmed that an upgraded PS4 is currently in the works. According to rumors, not only does this PS4 model – which has been codenamed PS4 Neo – feature a faster CPU but it’s also being suggested that the console will feature more RAM as well. Sony has yet to confirm the console’s specs and there’s no official release date either (though there has been speculation that the PS4 Neo will be out this year) but this hasn’t stopped one high profile developer from discussing the possibilities that the new PS4’s power could offer.
In a new interview with Daily Star, Sean Murray, the creator of space exploration game No Man’s Sky, reveals that the PS4 Neo would “fundamentally change the experience” of the much hyped title. Murray explains that as No Man’s Sky is procedurally generated “more powerful hardware doesn’t just mean upgraded textures or a higher framerate. It means we can fundamentally change the experience.”
The No Man’s Sky creator also says that “it’s a really fun thing to think about what impact more powerful hardware could have on our game and tech in the future” and that “with more powerful hardware, we can have more trees, more leafs on those trees. The density or immersion of worlds, or new types of worlds could exist.” Hello Games previously estimated that No Man’s Sky would take 5 billion hours to fully explore – that’s just how many planets and creatures the game is packed with – so the idea that the game could somehow get even more content will certainly be exciting for some fans.
As for whether a PS4 Neo-version of No Man’s Sky could happen with that aforementioned extra content, it’s still largely unclear. While Murray does briefly mention remasters saying that “if you play another game and if they do a remaster of that game, what they will do is up-res the textures and things like that” and that this is “because the base geometry, the base shape of the world, the way of playing is totally like lost, basically,” that’s certainly not a surefire suggestion that No Man’s Sky Neo will happen.
Also against the idea of No Man’s Sky Neo is the fact that Hello Games is already working on its next project. There’s no information on that game as of yet, but presumably the developer is focusing that instead of an improved version of the game that it has only just released. Moreover, No Man’s Sky has already proved controversial, most recently due to its delay on PC, so Hello Games may not want to risk reigniting that by encouraging gamers to fork out for another version of the game.
Source: Daily Star
No Man’s Sky is out now for PS4, and will be available for PC on August 12, 2016.