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No Man's Sky Synthesis update: patch notes explain new quality of life improvements

No Man's Sky Synthesis
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No Man's Sky Synthesis is the latest update for the universe simulator and it's promising a wealth of "frequently requested features and improvements". The No Man's Sky Synthesis Update, AKA update 2.2, arrived in November and and, according to No Man's Sky developer Hello Games, delivers "a large number of community-led quality of life improvements, as well as general polish." Here's a look at the best and biggest features from the No Man's Sky Synthesis patch notes.

Upgrade and salvage starships

No Man's Sky Upgrade and salvage starships

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You can now upgrade your starship's inventory and ship class via new Starship Outfitting Terminals available at space stations, provided you have the Units and Nanites to spare. Not only that, you'll be able to salvage retired ships for scrap and materials you can apply to your favorite ship. It's like trading your old console in for a new one at Gamestop, but in space. 

Improved terrain editing 

NO man's sky Improved terrain editing

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No Man's Sky has always been about interacting with the environment, and thanks to the upgraded Terrain Manipulator, terraforming is easier than ever. On top of miscellaneous optimizations, it received new visual settings like restore and flatten (basically an undo and oh-screw-it button, respectively), as well as terrain protection which can lock in your base's terrain. You'll also be able to protect more terrain edits at once.

New and unified features - First Person Exocraft, ridable creatures and more

No Man's' SKy first-person exocraft

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No Man's Sky has been split between its VR and traditional version for some time, but with the Synthesis Update, Hello Games is ensuring feature parity. Photo mode, creature riding, and first-person exocraft travel are now available in all versions of the game. 

No Man's Sky quality of life improvments

Finally, we get to the lion's share of the No Man's Sky patch notes: quality of life improvements. Here's a quick roundup of the biggest ones: 

  • Instant access to Galactic Trade Terminal
  • Increased speed of Pulse Drive 
  • Drag-and-drop movement for items in your inventory 
  • New technologies which improve transportation, including mid-air jetpack recharging and emergency warping 
  • Triangular base parts 
  • Higher capacity for storage containers 
  • Personal Refiner for your Exosuit 
  • Multiple multi-tools, with the option to swap between tools in the quick menu

Those are the headlining features, and you'll find dozens more in the full patch notes listed here

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