If you're not familiar with HDR, well, just know that it's one of the most significant new display technologies since HDTV. Not a lot of people have it, but those who do swear by it. And it's very unusual for an indie dev like Hello Games to support it.
But support it they did. There's just one problem — some people running No Man's Sky in HDR mode are reporting that the colors are, to put it gently, mega janked.
If the colors all of a sudden got super weird on your PS4 copy of No Man's Sky this week, it's actually quite easy to fix.
How to fix No Man's Sky the display issue
The problem is HDR; when it's enabled, something goes wrong on at least some TVs or consoles and causes the colors to look all wrong.
Note that if you don't have an HDR TV, you won't have this problem. So if you're having issues but not on an HDR TV, this is not your path to success. Usually, HDR TVs will display an indicator on the screen when loading HDR content — for example, my LG B6P TV just says "HDR" when I start up an HDR game. If you don't see that, you probably don't have HDR.
However, if you do have an HDR TV, this is what you need to do.
Oddly enough, unlike other HDR-supporting games, No Man's Sky has no HDR toggle in-game, so it'd be easy to miss the connection between this new feature and the color problems.
But the PlayStation 4 — whether you have the original or the Pro model — does have a built-in HDR toggle that spans every game you play on it. You need to turn HDR off in the PS4 menu to make the colors in No Man's Sky look correct again.
How to disable HDR on PS4 and PS4 Pro
Follow these steps to get No Man's Sky working properly again until Hello Games patches the issue.
- Turn on your PS4 or PS4 Pro.
- In the top menu (the one you get when you move up from the scrolling list of games), select "Settings."
- Scroll down to the "Sound and Screen" menu options and select that.
- Select the "Video Output Settings" menu option.
- Select the "HDR" menu option, which usually defaults to "Automatic"
- Change the HDR setting from "Automatic" to "Off"
If you were already running an HDR game in the background, your screen will flicker, but it's okay. Now go back and load up No Man's Sky. The colors should be normal!
The only problem is that if you're playing another game that supports HDR without any issues, like Horizon: Zero Dawn or Final Fantasy XV, you'll need to re-enable HDR using the same method described above for those games, then disable it again when you go back to No Man's Sky.
It's not ideal, but I'm hoping Hello Games will patch the game soon. I'm just thankful such a small team even tried to support HDR. Kudos to those folks, even if it needs a patch.