The Difference Mods Can Make in No Man’s Sky

The Good Mods

In recent news, everyone has been talking about the mod scene for No Man’s Sky. Intrigued by images posted by Reddit users I went to check it out myself. There are 4 main mods that I found were really nice to have, though your preferences may vary. They are as follows:

  1. Chromatic Aberration Vignetting and Scan Lines Removal
  2. NOHUD – TOGGLE HUD ON/OFF WITH F5 (FULL HUD TOGGLE)
    1. Requires NMS Extender
  3. Internal Resolution Multipliers
  4. Instagram Filter Removal
  5. Fast Actions

The graphics mods are definitely user preference, but I appreciated seeing more of the true colors of the landscapes so far, and removing the vignetting, chromatic aberration, and scan lines gives cleaner images. The NoHUD lets you hide the HUD for picture taking purposes and requires an extender, or DLL injector. Fast actions is also really nice as it removes the need to hold down a key in order to select an option in the menus.

Comparisons

Chromatic Mod enabled. No Texture Mod, Default filter in place.
Chromatic Mod enabled. No Texture Mod. No Instagram Filter Mod
Chromatic Mod enabled. Instagram Filter Remover Mod enabled.
Chromatic Mod enabled. No Texture Mod
Instagram Filter Remover Mod enabled.
All Mods on Cockpit
Chromatic Mod enabled. 2.0x Texture Mod enabled. Instagram Filter Remover Mod enabled.
Chromatic Mod enabled. No Texture Mod No Instagram Filter Mod
Chromatic Mod enabled. No Texture Mod
No Instagram Filter Mod
Chromatic Mod enabled. No Texture Mod Instagram Filter Remover Mod enabled.
Chromatic Mod enabled. 2.0x Texture Mod enabled.
Instagram Filter Remover Mod enabled.

The Instagram filter adds saturation and a hue to the image while the 2.0x Texture Mod makes the images pop out a whole lot more sharper.

Installation

Installation of these mods is really straight forward. Simply download the zip and for the PAK files extract to K:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\No Man’s Sky\GAMEDATA\PCBANKS folder. The Chromatic Aberration remover requires you to delete your Shader Cache: K:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\No Man’s Sky\GAMEDATA\SHADERCACHE (the entire folder)

To do so go to K:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\No Man’s Sky\Binaries\SETTINGS and Right-click on TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML and click properties. Check Mark read-only and click okay.

(Where “K:\SteamLibrary” is the drive letter and file path to your steam installation if using steam.)

The F5 noHUD requires the installation of NMS Extender which has simple instructions listed on the page. You will need to launch the game through the launcher from then on in order to use this mod.

Note: Some of my settings got reverted after using the NoHUD mod so I just needed to set them back again and restart the game. Make sure to set your config file to READ ONLY to prevent the mod from reverting your settings after you’ve set them properly ingame. If you need to make changes again you need to disable read-only status.

Performance

There will be stutters as the shaders load for the chromatic mod, but over time gameplay goes smooth as all the shaders get cached and I have yet to see performance decrease on my rig with all those mods installed. I will play a bit more to double check. Below are my specs.

  • CPU: i5-3550p 3.1Ghz
  • RAM: 32GB
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA 970 GTX latest NVIDIA Drivers
  • Drive: SanDisk SSD

 

Your mileage may vary of course, but I have yet to encounter any of the issues other players have thus reported.

SXN31

I am a fan of science fiction shows/movies/games/media and I really enjoy character driven stories. Additionally I am fascinated by grand world-building and the mythos and technology that is created within these unique worlds.

My Rig:

  • CPU: i5-3550p 3.1Ghz
  • RAM: 32GB
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA 970 GTX latest NVIDIA Drivers
  • Drive: SanDisk SSD