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No Man’s Sky Beyond: How to set up your PlayStation VR


If No Man’s Sky is your first VR game, then there are things you will need to do to get ready

With the release of the latest update for No Man’s Sky, we will finally be able to play this expansive, world exploring game in ou PlayStation VR headsets. If you have bought a PSVR, especially for No Man’s Sky, or you haven’t used it in a while, you may want to think about how your room is set up.

A lot of VR games want you to be stood up though most will let you play sat down as well. For a game like No Man’s Sky, where you are likely to be playing the game for 3-4 hours at a time, sitting is going to be the best way to go. There are few ways to set your room up so you can be comfortable for long gaming sessions in VR.

Countless Worlds

No Man’s Sky


$40 at Amazon

A brave new VR world

With the new Beyond update bringing VR and multiplayer, there isn’t a better time to get into No Man’s Sky

The basics

Firstly, we are going to assume you haven’t used a PlayStation VR before, or if you have, it was a long time ago. The first thing you need to do is make sure all the cables are set up correctly, and the PSVR is connected to your PS4. We have created a really easy guide to installing the PSVR that you can check out to help you get started.

Once you have got all the wires where they need to go, we need to think about the space in which are playing. As you are going to be seated for most of the game, you will need to make sure that there is space around you, especially to the sides and front, so when you are swinging your arms around you aren’t in danger of hitting anything or anyone.


Happily, Sony has an excellent idea of where you should be situated in the play area. As you can see from the diagram above, Sony wants you to have room behind you as well as in front and to the sides. The 10 feet that they ask for is not always possible, and I can say from experience that if you are sat on a chair and you have a sofa behind you, you are going to be ok. You won’t be spinning the chair in 360 degrees anyway, so don’t worry if you have less room.

A good operating distance is to have your body between five and seven feet from the camera. This will generally allow your whole body to be visible to the camera, including your arms when outstretched. Your camera should be at around about eye level when you are sat down. When you first start a VR game, it will normally show you what you look like to the camera, so take note. The camera needs to be able to see the glowing ends of Move controllers at all times, so lean down and stretch up high. If you lose the glowing sphere, then adjust yourself accordingly.

Find your safe space


One of the most important things about playing PSVR is keeping you, and the objects around you, safe. You really don’t want to be the person who smacks their significant other in the face with a controller. It doesn’t end well. The GIF above is me, and yes I know, I look ridiculous, but I do this every time I play. If anything touches the controllers as I move, I move that object at least two feet away from me.

If you have young children or animals, I recommend setting up a stair gate or some sort of barrier to separate you from them. Leaving aside the implications of smacking your kid on the head, having something touch you while you are lost in VR is an unnerving experience to say least. You are, of course, welcome to share your arm waving GIFs with us at any time. I’d be happy not to be the only one.

Hide in the darkness

The dark is your friend in PSVR, or at the very least, stay away from direct sunlight. Your PS Camera has to be able to see the lights connected to you, or it just can’t work, and bright lights interfere with that a lot. If you can, drop your blinds or pull your curtains during the day to remove bright contrast on your walls. And make sure you don’t have your back to a window. The PS Camera works the same way your phone camera does, and having a bright light behind you will make you impossible to see.


There is a whole series of ways to get the best accuracy from your PSVR headset and Move controllers, including controlling your light and even changing the color of the light to better pick up the controllers. We have written a comprehensive list of helpful ways to tune your PSVR so that you can get the most out it. All of these things will help your No Man’s Sky experience as well.

Keep things close

For those of you who haven’t played much VR, you are going to get hot. Really hot. It’s always a good idea to have a water bottle somewhere just out of arms reach to rehydrate, and if you can, have a small fan to help keep the air moving around your face. It’s easy to get steamed up in VR, and a small fan will help alleviate that. Plus, it makes it feel like the air is rushing past you as you play, adding to the immersion.

I would also have a small hand towel with you as well to wipe down when you have a break. Even a microfiber cloth would be handy to clean the lenses. Playing VR for long periods of time needs preparation, so is if you do it right the first time, you can settle in and get that base built!


It isn’t too difficult to set up space for you to play No Man’s Sky, especially if you sit down to play. If possible, try to use an office chair so you can be comfortable sitting for long periods. Office chairs also swivel, which gives you a little more freedom of movement to look around and dodge those crazy aliens.

Let us know what you have done to set up your space for playing NMS, and don’t forget to drop us those arm-waving GIFs!

Other PlayStation VR accessories you might like

PSVR Aim Controller


$60 at Amazon

Take the immersion of compatible gun-related PSVR games to the next level. It’s one thing to point a Move controller at an enemy from behind a VR headset, and it’s another thing to point something that feels a little more real.

Skywin PSVR Charging Display Stand


$40 at Amazon

The Skywin displays and organizes your PlayStation 4, processor box, headphones, and VR headset. It can also display and charge a set of Move controllers and two DualShock 4 controllers. By keeping your PlayStation 4 on this stand, you can also take advantage of the built-in cooling fans to help your console from overheating.

PlayStation Gold Wireless


$75 at Amazon

These headphones support 7.1 surround sound, so you’ll never miss a thing. They also have an internal noise-canceling microphone to make sure your friends can always clearly hear what you’re saying when you play together. If you prefer a wired setup, these headphones rock a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you do have the ability to plug them in physically.


Reviewing the ASUS ROG Phone II one year later

I am not a gamer. Well, let me clarify that; I’m not a “mobile gamer”. I’ve been gaming on PC and console for basically my entire life but mobile gaming has never really taken off for me.I’ve had top of the line Android and Apple phones capable of playing whatever games were out there. I’ve had an NVIDIA Shield TV that can play games from the Google Play Store. Hell, I even have a Nintendo Switch. For whatever reason, they just don’t do it for me.So, when I started my review of the ASUS ROG Phone II, I knew I was going to have to approach it a little bit differently. I can’t speak intelligently about the gaming performance of this phone, because frankly, I don’t have experience with Android gaming.I decided to look at it through a different lens. I might not be a gamer, but I am a “power user”. And as much as I hate that term, I do fit it. I’m on my phone for 7-8 hours a day working, entertaining myself, and keeping in contact with friends and family. Even though ASUS wants this to be known as the best gaming phone out there, I think they need to accept that they didn’t make the best gaming phone of 2019. They made the best phone of 2019. Period.While every phone manufacturer wants to market its device as “an experience” or a life-changing event, they’re just phones. They’re a collection of components that run Android and live in either our pocket or our hand. The ASUS ROG Phone II is exactly that, but it’s one of the devices that I feel ends up being more than the sum of its parts. Very few phones are able to jump this hurdle but the ROG Phone II does.So, what does that actually mean?Picture this: you’re in the carrier store looking for a new phone. Lined up on the wall you have the newest releases from Samsung, Apple, LG, and OnePlus. They’re all same-y looking with displays that cover the entire face of a phone, almost no bezels and bright screens. They’re sleek, they’re sexy, and they scream out to be held.The ROG Phone II is not that. It is huge and is unconcerned about being skinny or small. Its design is aggressive, not svelte. It is powerful and unapologetic about it.The 6.59-inch 120Hz AMOLED display isn’t the biggest on the market, but it’s close. But the phone feels absolutely massive in your hands because above and below that display are front-facing speakers.Between the beautiful display and the class-leading speakers, this is a media powerhouse. Sure, it’s great for gaming but if you watch videos on your phone, this is the phone you want. The speakers sound better than some Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed and max volume is insane. You could sit this thing down in a corner at a party, pump the volume and provide music for the whole crew. It’s that good.Poco F2 Pro ReviewAnd that display is excellent. While I was happy with the 90Hz options last year, the ROG Phone II pumps it up a notch to a 120Hz refresh display. That means the display is refreshing itself 120 times a second.The standard in the past has been 60Hz, or 60 times a second. This added refresh rate gives us silky smooth animations that makes everything feel faster and more fluid. While this is a feature that most can live without, I think it adds to the overall package in a way that most features can’t. It enhances everything else.Speaking of enhancements, the 6,000mAh battery means you can keep all of those enhancements enabled. Battery life is the biggest feature for me when selecting a device because nothing else really matters if my phone is dead halfway through the day, or if I’m unable to use it because it’s sitting on a charger.Simply stated, this is the best battery life I’ve ever seen on an Android device and comes second only to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in my in-person testing.I don’t run benchmarks or do scientific battery testing because real people don’t do that either. In my experience I was getting 1.5 days of usage with close to 10 hours of screen-on-time. Again, take note that I’m not a gamer and mostly work in documents, read Reddit, watch YouTube, message, and deal with a ton of email. You will absolutely get through a day of use with this unless you’re playing PUBG all day.One of the last things I want to focus on here is software. ASUS has a reputation of putting terrible skins on its devices in the past, but I’m happy to report you can pretty much bypass that here on the ROG Phone II.ASUS does give you the option to use its theme, but you can choose stock Android if you like, and that’s what I did during my usage. It felt quite a bit like the Nexus/Pixel experience with some added features.We’ve seen this approach by more and more companies over the last few years. Motorola started the trend and others like OnePlus have picked up the mantle.ASUS let Google focus on the core of Android while putting its focus into features like Armory Crate, which allows you to fine-tune almost every aspect of your device from the clock speed of your processor to hiding notifications while you’re gaming.You can even dial in custom settings depending on which app or game you have open. It’s crazy good and gamers and average users alike will find features in there they love.ASUS also took the time to add in an audio wizard. This is an area that most companies are shying away from, just like how they’re getting rid of the headphone jack. The headphone jack is a feature here on the ROG Phone II and the audio wizard makes sure you get the most out of it. There are a ton of EQ scenes and DTS X spacial audio so you can dial in audio exactly how you want it.My biggest issue with the ASUS ROG Phone II’s software is the unknown. Who knows how many updates this phone will get? Who knows how fast they’ll come?ASUS is not the company you think of when you think of fast updates or long-term support. If those things matter to you, I’d tell you to really do your research first-hand and make sure you’re comfortable with whatever the results are before dropping your money on one of these.If you do decide to pick one up, I think you need to be prepared to be stuck on that software for the duration of the phone’s life.Cameras and pictures are an area where the big boys tend to separate from the other guys. You used to get what you paid for in this area, but then Samsung, Google, and Apple started putting class-leading cameras in their mid-range devices and that all changed. Now, you can get a great photography experience by spending a few hundred dollars less than flagship prices.All that being said, if photography matters to you, you’ll want to grab one of those other devices. That’s not to say the ASUS ROG Phone II has a bad camera, but it’s nowhere near class-leading. Pictures come out cool and the lack of OIS is a real bummer when you’re trying to get that perfect action shot or shoot some video.The ultra-wide camera is a ton of fun but the sharpness is a disappointment. As long as you don’t try to push in too much on these pictures, you’ll enjoy them but once you do, it’s a different story.The most frustrating part for me was the over-sharpening on the main camera. Everyone seems to do it these days, and ASUS isn’t among the worse, but there have been some pictures that could have been better with some better photo processing. Are the pictures still fine for social media and sending to friends and family? Sure. But not much more than that.ConclusionDespite its flaws, I truly believe that the ASUS ROG Phone II was the best phone released in 2019. In fact, I think its still the best buy on the market right now. If you can find one of these used or open-box for the $500-$600 price range, you should absolutely do it.That is to say, as long as you’re comfortable using an absolutely massive phone. I can’t overstate just how big this thing seems in the hand. It’s definitely a two-hander if I’ve ever seen one.I’m not a big phone guy, but I don’t mind it here. It’s allowed ASUS to pack in a ton of stuff I love like a 6,000mAh battery that supports reverse charging (but not wireless charging), a 120Hz AMOLED display with 240Hz touch-sampling and HDR10, amazing front-facing speakers, and a headphone jack.I’d say this is a phone you can buy and use for years upon years as long as you’re comfortable with the software situation. I never felt a slowdown nor did I see any stuttering when using the device and I used it for well over a month. It’s flawless in that regard. Even with apps getting bigger and demanding more processor resources, I still think that the ROG Phone II will keep up with newer devices many years down the road.The ASUS ROG Phone II is one of my favorite Android devices of all time and I can’t recommend it enough.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G with focus on gaming

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865, powering the Samsung Galaxy S20, the OnePlus 8, and many more phones in the first half of 2020.Now, Qualcomm has decided to give the 865 a little bit of an upgrade with the Snapdragon 865+ 5G.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, with Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features, such as updateable GPU drivers, better rendering, up to 144fps gameplay, 10-bit HDR, and more.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G also features upgrades to the CPU, GPU, AI Engine, and connectivity technology over the original 865.Considering the 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, it’s no surprise that the first devices to be announced with the processor are the ASUS ROG Phone 3(Read our new review of last year’s ROG Phone II here. ) and new devices coming out of the Lenovo Legion sub-brand later this year, though hopefully we’ll see more announcements within the third quarter.You can read more about the 865+ here.

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