No Man’s Sky Will Take You 5 Billion Years To Explore

Do you want to know how massive No Man’s Sky is?

The procedurally generated universe of No Man’s Sky will take you about five Billion Years to explore, and that is if you visit each planet for one second only.

Sean Murray spoke to IGN at Gamescom and said that the team at Hello Games was previously using a 32-bit (2^32) number to generate every planet in No Man’s Sky universe.

Which would have taken the players about four to five thousand years if the players visited each planet for one second.

With that 32-bit number it would take you four or five thousand years to see every planet if you spent only a second on each one.

If you think that is huge? You will be surprised to hear that Hello Games are not using a 32-bit number anymore and are now going with the 64-bit number to generate these planets, and it will now take us around five billions years to visit.

With 32-bits, it would have taken us several thousand years to visit each planet for one second (surely we need more than one second) but now with the massive 2^64 number, it is hard to digest just how many planets No Man’s Sky will contain.

More news about the game is expected in the coming days as Sean Murray stated “we will have something big to show soon.”

No Man’s Sky is expected to release sometime in 2015 on PS4 with a PC version to follow!

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