Space exploration epic No Man’s Sky is coming to Xbox One this year, Hello Games has announced.

It will support 4K and HDR, and will include all the game’s content thus far, including a major update that’s currently in development.

No Man’s Sky launched on PC and PlayStation 4 amid a storm of hype in August 2016, but its vast, procedurally-generated sandbox universe was immediately criticised for being empty and boring, and Hello Games founder Sean Murray was savaged online for hyping features that didn’t end up in the game.

Since then, things have improved a lot. Over the past 18 months, Hello Games has added much to the game via three major updates (Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises), including base-building, improved in-game photography, joint exploration, and an expanded story. The consensus now is that the game is pretty damn good.

No Man’s Sky is coming to Xbox One, VR support is looking likely

No Man’s Sky’s next major update, titled “Next”, is another free addition that will be the game’s biggest yet.

As Upload VR notes, marketing for the update suggests that it will bring virtual reality support to the game.

An augmented reality game run by Hello Games recently sent players to a fake website for a Chinese wearable device that influences a user’s dreams. The device is called “W/Are”, and its logo looks a lot like “V/Re”. That same logo appears at the very end of the game’s Next update teaser:

In addition, Murray recently tweeted (and then deleted) an image of his phone with the code 6d, 6f, 72, 70, 68, 65, 75, 73 on it. That is Hex Code that translates to ‘Morpheus’ – the pre-release codename for Sony’s PlayStation VR headset.

Hello Games isn’t giving any official statement on the matter.

“We are calling this No Man’s Sky Next because it is an important next step in a journey for No Man’s Sky, for Hello Games and for our devoted community.” said Murray.

“Each update for No Man’s Sky has been more successful than the last; this was especially true of our last update Atlas Rises. It emboldens the team to push ourselves further.

“This journey is far from over, and it’s exciting to be working again on something you know will surprise people.”

No Man’s Sky is coming to Xbox One, VR support is looking likely

Speaking with Ars Technica, Murray called last year's Atlas Rises update a real inflection point for the game

"This team has never stopped running at sprint pace over the last few years, so perhaps it would have been tempting to stop after that,” he said.

“Surprisingly, though, it had the opposite effect on this team, and it emboldened us all to go further and faster.

"We've learned a lot over the last few years, faster than we would have liked," he continued.

"I’d love to avoid talking completely and just make things people can play, but we knew this was going to leak anyway, and I think it’s news that should make a lot of folks happy."

No Man’s Sky is coming to Xbox One, VR support is looking likely
No Man’s Sky is coming to Xbox One, VR support is looking likely