No Man’s Sky finally launched on PC today, and uh… things aren’t going all too well for it.

While I am currently working on a full Port Report for the game, users have already flocked to the Steam reviews to report audio glitches, poor frame rates, and even crashes on launching the game. It’s currently sat at a painful “Mostly Negative” because of it.

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What is interesting (in the same way a car crash is “interesting” when you drive past it) is that the problems seem to have no relation to the user’s hardware. There’s a decent spread of high-end and low-end on both AMD and Nvidia having issues on all three of the supported operating systems. The last time we saw widespread performance problems this seemingly arbitrary was the now-infamous launch of Batman: Arkham Knight last year.

Unhelpfully, I am personally not having these problems. Running on a GTX 980, 16GB Ram, the latest Nvidia drivers, and installed on a Toshiba NVMe SSD, the only crash-related hitch I’ve experienced has been its inability to handle alt+tabbing.

To put it simply, No Man’s Sky is utterly broken on PC for a whole lot of people and it doesn’t look like it’s anything to do with their hardware. Expect a full report from me on how the game is on PC within the next day, but for now, maybe just hold off on picking it up.

Joe is LPVG’s resident hardware nerd. If it’s overpriced and has gaudy RGB lighting, he’s probably drooling over it. He loves platformers, MMOs, RPGs, hack ‘n slashers and FPS, with his favourite games being Mirror’s Edge, Left 4 Dead, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Oblivion and Dead Space. Don’t ask him about his unhealthily large Monsters Inc memorabilia collection. Seriously, just don’t ask…

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