No Man's Sky joins a major new update on Xbox One, developer Hello Games has announced. The Xbox One release of the game will come sometime in 2018, while the update this year will also be available for free on PS4 and PC.
All previous enhancements – Foundation, Pathfinder and Atlas Rises – will be included in the Xbox One release, while the upcoming update will also be pre-installed. The Xbox One Box style of the game indicates that it will be enhanced for Xbox One X with 4K and HDR features, but no details about these features have been announced.
The game was previously exclusive to PS4 and PC after launch for these systems in 2016. Hello Games released the exploration title on these platforms themselves, but 505 Games – the publisher behind games such as Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Payday 2 – will distribute the Xbox One version worldwide.
The upcoming update of No Man's Sky – dubbed Next – will also be available to PS4 and PC players for free. Hello Games says the update will be "an important next step in a journey for No Mans Sky," although no details have yet been released.
In our original No Man's Sky review, critic Peter Brown awarded the procedurally generated fi game a 7/10. "No Man's Sky is a huge game right now, with impressive seamless transitions from the ground to space, and will entertain your inner collector for a while," he said. "The more you experience it, the more you realize its mistakes, and it's easy to get so deeply involved in the process of exploring and trading that your focus is limited to those aspects, but when you're considering everything it does No Man's Sky will be more than a collection of slightly different worlds in a seemingly infinite galaxy – it will be an exploration of the meaning of life in a way that is more valuable than having to offer and to hear what Atlas has to say all the gold or spaceships in his virtual galaxy. "