No Man's Sky Minimum Game Requirements And Graphic Optimization Guide

A short little guide to the real minimum requirements of the game and a bit of optimization you can do to make your experience a bit better.

About this Document

Despite what the game says for minimum requirements, you can absolutely run this game on older hardware. I’ve done some extensive testing, and I have edited the ‘minimum’ requirements the game offers to also include the ‘bare minimum’. Not to say you couldn’t run it on anything older or slower, but if you go below this point, you WILL have a bad time.

A bit of a disclaimer: I’m a tech nerd. I love building computers, and doing stuff like this. This being said, I do not guarantee the game will be playable or 100% meet your standards on whatever potato you may be trying to run this on. Just bear in mind, this is all about the actual minimum requirements – the ‘bare necessities’ if you will. If you follow this guide, you should absolutely be able to get playable frame rates.

Document Version Information

Current Document Version: 1.0

1. Created Guide

Minimum Requirements

This is what the game lists for it’s minimum requirements (from the Steam store page)


Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)

Processor: Intel Core i3

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: nVidia GTX 480, AMD Radeon 7870

Storage: 10 GB available space (Game takes up 11.4 GB)

Edited Requirements

The requirements, but edited to include more configurations…


The lowest you can go

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)

Processor: Processor that supports SSE2

Memory: 1 GB RAM (8 GB Pagefile)

Graphics: Vulkan 1.0 Compatible GPU

Storage: 12 GB available space


The lowest I went.

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit, Windows 10 64-Bit

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8600

Memory: 4 GB RAM (8 GB Pagefile)

Graphics: GT 1030

Storage: 12 GB available space


The lowest I’d recommend

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 10 64-Bit.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 1050

Storage: SSD, 12 GB available space


About where your PC should be for best results.

OS: Windows 10 64-Bit

Processor: Intel i5-3470

Memory: 16 GB DDR3

Graphics: GTX 1060 6GB

Storage: SSD, 12 GB available space

Remove Minimum Requirements Warning

When playing the game below minimum requirements, you’ll want to navigate to the game folder at common/No Man’s Sky/Binaries/Settings and open the TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML.

If using default Steam Library configurations, it will be in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\No Man’s Sky\Binaries\SETTINGS\TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML


D:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\No Man’s Sky\Binaries\SETTINGS\TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML

Once you finish navigating to the document, simply open it with notepad and change Property name=”ShowRequirementsWarnings” value=”true” to false. Then save the document by pressing CTRL+S. This setting is near the bottom of the document.

This removes the minimum requirements warning that may prevent the game from launching.

Editing your Page File

You will need to have enough memory to play the game. If you don’t have enough memory, I recommend creating a larger page file. This will allow you to open the game and play it, even if you don’t have the physical memory available.

A lot of people will tell you large page files are bad – and they’re not entirely wrong. When you create a large page file, your system will use your page file more often. If you have a slow drive (such as any HDD) this can cause huge performance penalties.

With a SSD however, you can really boost your performance by quite a bit when faced with low memory issues.

To create a page file:

1. Navigate to Advanced System Settings (you can just press the windows key and type “advanced system settings” to find it)

2. Navigate to Advanced Tab.

3. Where it says Performance, click the settings button.

4. Navigate to Advanced Tab.

5. Where it says Virtual Memory, click the change button.

6. Uncheck the box that says “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”

7. Highlight a SSD, then select custom size. If you don’t have a SSD I really don’t recommend using a page file to make your game more playable. Seriously. I mean it’ll work…but you might get a lot of stuttering.

8. Enter in Initial Size “8192”. Enter in Maximum Size up to “16384”. This will make the page file 8 GB in size, but will allow it to reach a maximum size of 16 GB. You can technically set this up to whatever you want, but going more than 16 GB is really unnecessary.

9. Click Set, then OK, Apply.

10. Close out of all your work, then restart your computer.

Power Plan Settings

Placing your computer into “Ultimate performance mode” can give you a bit more performance – not just in No Man’s Sky. Choosing Ultimate Performance will allow your computer to ignore power saving settings and go full throttle all the time.

Enable Ultimate Performance Option

1. Open up the command prompt or power shell by pressing Windows Key + X, then clicking on command prompt (Admin) or power shell (Admin)

2. Type in powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

3. Press Enter and close the window.

4. You should have “ultimate performance” listed in your power settings now.

Selecting Ultimate Performance as your power plan

1. Press the windows key and type “Choose a Power Plan.”

2. Select Ultimate Performance.

3. Close the window.

Test Environment

Here was the PC I used:

MB: Dell Inspiron 530S

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33 GHz

GPU: EVGA Nvidia GT 1030 [Core: 1974 MHz, RAM: 1502 MHz]

SSD: Kingston A400 120 GB [SATA II]

RAM: 4 GB DDR2 667 MHz (4×1 GB) + 8 GB Page file

The game was playable, with some hitching/stuttering – especially on planet entry. I really wouldn’t recommend a setup like this, but it’s doable. With a little work, you can get your potato running the game quite well.

If you don’t have 8 GB of RAM, you will definitely want to create a page file. If you don’t have a SSD, I’d recommend getting more memory – or a SSD. The game will not run that well on a HDD with enough memory, let alone with a page file.

This is it guys!! I am sure that you will love that we have shared with you. We are always open to discussion and suggestions from you. Just let us what you thought about the guide in the comment section.

Also, we would like to thank Prince Xaine. He is the one behind this wonderful guide.