We’re about a year removed from the release of No Man’s Sky and, despite the long-lasting outrage from fans and purchasers over the game’s lack of promised features at launch, Hello Games has released two updates over that time that have added plenty of new features for players to try out.

One such update, the Foundation update, added a survival mode, base building mechanics to the main campaign, and a creative mode a la Minecraft where players have limitless funds and materials to craft the base of their dreams.

The latest update for No Man’s Sky, the Pathfinder update, adds the ability to explore the surface of planets much more efficiently with vehicles, along with an HD texture pack. The HD texture pack is a handy little update that goes along perfectly with another new feature: Photo Mode.

Photo Mode isn’t anything new, as many games, such as the recently released Horizon: Zero Dawn, have added a photo mode to take advantage of this generation of consoles’ ability to capture and share gameplay videos and screenshots.

What’s unique about Photo Mode in No Man’s Sky, in comparison to a game like Horizon, is that worlds are generated randomly and most players will never come across a planet someone else has. Being able to share shots of a planet that you’ve discovered, that is uniquely yours and wholly bizarre, is an enticing feature.

Below we’ve included a gallery of screens taken by actual players using No Man’s Sky’s new Photo Mode, courtesy of Hello Game’s official Facebook page:


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If you’ve got any No Man’s Sky screens to share using the new Photo Mode, please feel free to share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page with #NMSPhotoMode!

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Evan W
Senior Staff Writer/Review/Editorial Writer

Evan discovered gaming with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis and never looked back. He has spent the last 20 years criss-crossing genres and platforms, and is an equal opportunity rager, breaking consoles and PCs alike. If you spent summer days off from middle school playing classic PC shooters instead of developing a tan and social skills, you've got a friend in him. Mom might not understand the pain of being "180NOSCOPEWTFPWNED, SON!", but he does. Oh, he does.