In No Man’s Sky, up to 32 players explore and even cooperate on the same game server. Unlike the game’s single player mode, these online multiplayer modes do use internet data. If you play No Man’s Sky on a capped internet connection, you may need to keep an eye on your data use.
So how much data does it take to download, update, and play No Man’s Sky on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
No Man’s Sky download size
The initial game download almost always uses more data than playing or updating the game. Here’s how much space No Man’s Sky takes up on each compatible computer or console. The size of the game will increase slightly every time Hello Games releases a new update.
|Microsoft Windows||<10 GB|
|Playstation 4||4 GB|
|Xbox One||10 GB|
File size is how much hard drive space an installed game takes up, while download size is how much data your internet connection uses when you add the game to your computer or console. Download size is usually less than half of file size, since developers compress their game files with archive formats like “.zip” or “.rar” so that they download more quickly.
No Man’s Sky update size
No Man’s Sky patches can be as small as 100 MB, although bigger updates are larger. See the No Man’s Sky release log for the most up-to-date information about patches. If a game update could push you over your plan’s data cap, turn off auto-updates in the game or console settings. Then, manually download any updates, patches, and hotfixes when you have extra data.
No Man’s Sky data use
Because players rarely interact in No Man’s Sky, the game uses very little data compared to other online multiplayer games. Players estimate that they use as little as 8 Kbps of data – or less than 5 MB of data per hour – playing the game. Your actual data use depends on the number of players on the server, whether or not you use voice chat, and your update rate.
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