No Man's Sky VR controls

Get to grips with the basic VR controls for No Man's Sky while out and about on planets.

No Man’s Sky Beyond has finally brought VR to the space-faring adventure and, performance issues aside, there’s plenty of reason to check it out if you have either a PSVR or SteamVR headset. Hello Games has taken into account multiple control schemes, letting you use either a DualShock controller or the Move Controllers on PS4. On PC you’ll need to have access to some form of the Vive Wand controllers, though we suspect using a PS4 controller through Steam would also work. Below we'll give a quick rundown of the basics for No Man's Sky VR controls, namely covering how to move around while on planets.

No Man’s Sky VR controls

No Mans Sky VR controls
© Hello Games

If you're playing No Man's Sky VR for the first time, we highly recommend replaying the tutorial for the start of the game. No Man’s Sky has a wide range of controls to learn. So many, in fact, that you might wonder how VR gaming will keep up with them. If you’re playing with the Move controllers, Vive wands or Valve Index controllers, you can grip or interact with the triggers, while most of the complex options are bunched into menus on either hand. To access them simply point with one hand at the back of the other and you’ll see a menu pop up that you can use to access most of the game’s features. We’re getting ahead of ourselves however, as the main thing most players will want to know if how to move.

How to move in No Man’s Sky VR

When you're outside of your ship, No Man’s Sky VR uses a teleport-to-move system. That means you can’t trundle around freely if you’re using Valve’s controllers or the PS4’s Move controllers. To move you need to hold down the left-hand navigation button. This will cause a line to start stretching out on the ground in front of the direction you point. At the end of the line will be a circle with some feet in, and it’s there that you’ll teleport when you release.

Turning is another key control, and while you can turn your head, there’s only so far that’ll get you while sitting down. To perform 90° turns you need to press either X or Circle on PS4 Move controllers. Finally, the jetpack. No Man’s Sky VR doesn’t explain this immediately but you can still used the Jetpack to hover around by pressing and holding Triangle.

Those are the basics for No Man’s Sky VR controls. There’s more to detail but the game will explain them to you fairly well if you take the time to run through the tutorial once more. We’ll update this article once we have a better idea of the controls for those trying out No Man’s Sky VR with the Vive or Index. For now, why not learn how to access the new Nexus Solar Anomaly and meet some other players!

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.

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