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How to use Windows Mixed Reality with No Man's Sky Beyond

The enormous No Man's Sky Beyond update brings, among many other features, VR support for certain headsets. On the official list are Oculus Rift and Rift S, HTC Vive and Vive Pro, and Valve Index, with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) sitting on the sideline. At release, many WMR users found that they couldn't even get the game to launch without crashing and that motion control buttons were not bound properly. Developer Hello Games has since released a fix, and some avid fans have released custom control bindings. Here's how to get it all working so you can play No Man's Sky Beyond on WMR.

Products used in this guide

How to enable the No Man's Sky Beyond experimental branch

Update: The experimental build has now been pushed to the main channel as version 2.05, and all Steam users should automatically receive the update. There should no longer be any need to manually opt into the experimental build as we had outlined here. However, you will still be able to benefit from custom control bindings for your WMR motion controllers.

How to add custom WMR control bindings for No Man's Sky Beyond

Now that WMR shouldn't cause No Man's Sky to crash on launch, you're still going to need to grab custom button bindings to use your motion controllers. Here's how it's done.

  1. Launch SteamVR.
  2. Click the More Options button.

  1. Click Devices.
  2. Click Controller Settings.

  1. Click Show More Applications.
  2. Click No Man's Sky.

  1. Click View on your binding of choice.
  2. Click Select this Binding to test it out with your WMR motion controllers.

You can also access the binding menu while wearing your WMR headset. Hold down the Windows key with SteamVR running and navigate to the custom binding menu option.

Our top equipment picks

If you're looking to enjoy No Man's Sky Beyond with a WMR headset, this is the stuff you'll need.

If you tried No Man's Sky way back at its initial 2016 release, you'll no doubt be surprised how far its come. True multiplayer support adds some character to the universe, base building lets you create your own home, and now VR support has given players an entirely new way to explore.

Additional Equipment

Don't forget to grab some worthwhile WMR accessories that will make your time in No Man's Sky much more enjoyable.

Energizer rechargeable batteries (opens in new tab) ($19 at Amazon)

WMR motion controllers require AA batteries to operate, and speaking from experience, you're going to want to invest early in some rechargeable batteries to save money in the long run. This pack includes a wall charger that can handle four AAs at once.

SecurOMax microfiber cloths (opens in new tab) ($7 at Amazon)

There's nothing worse than foggy or dirty WMR lenses. They obstruct your ability to focus on the action in the headset properly, and they're just gross. These cloths from SecurOMax won't scratch your headset's lenses and you'll be glad you have them on hand after a couple of sessions.

Hyperkin Freestep

Hyperkin Freestep (Image credit: Hyperkin)

Hyperkin FreeStep (opens in new tab) ($23 at Amazon)

If you're sick of tripping over the cables running from your headset back to your PC, check out Hyperkin's FreeStep system. It includes six retractable carabiners attached to sticky pads, allowing you to suspend the cable from your ceiling. You'll always have the right amount of slack, and you won't have to worry about getting tangled.

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.