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These white dots pulse slowly on my scanner sometimes, on various planets. They will show for about 1 second, then not show for a few. I took the picture underground as at this particular moment there were a lot showing, but they also appear above ground as well.

I have tried to track them, they are usually a long way away. The only time I have been "successful" is when I found a structure of some sort, but I cannot be sure the dots actually mean "structure is here," as other times I have tried to track them and have seen nothing.

I'm starting to think that they are life-forms, but do not have enough data to corroborate.

Also, no, they are definitely NOT waypoints.

  • Not entirely sure, but I think those are animals that are too far away to scan. Once they're close enough, the dots either become green (already scanned) or red (not yet scanned).
    – Nolonar
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 14:34

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I just answered this as part of my answer here, but I'll rework it for you, since your question is sufficiently different than the linked one.

When you use the Analysis Visor, it will show three things:

  • Green Dots

These indicate creatures that you have already scanned.

  • Red Dots

These indicate creatures that you have not yet scanned.

  • White Dots

From my experience with the game so far, the white dots do indeed appear to be creatures. They only stay for a few seconds, presumably so that creature finding isn't an easy task, since the reward for 100% is so high. The game does not seem to be intuitive enough to tell you if you (from a distance) if you have scanned them or not. However, the closer you get to a dot, it will turn green or red depending on what you've done for that species.

  • I'm not entirely sure on the white dots part because I believe I have seen them on planets with no fauna at all. But I might have been mistaken so I will do some testing later today.
    – Virusbomb
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 14:50
  • I accepted this as the answer...and then experienced the white dots on a planet without any fauna. I think they might just denote places where animals are expected to spawn, given certain criteria.
    – nailbones
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 19:59
  • My white dots didn't disappear after a few seconds. I actually tracked down one of my white dots and it was on the corner of a mineral deposit on the top of a hill. There didn't seem to be anything special about it. It remained white even when I was only a short distance away from it. It was static and when I mined that part of the deposit nothing special happened and it just left the white dot floating in mid air. So I am pretty sure this is not the correct answer.
    – Chris
    Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 13:00
  • @Chris The dots that don't disappear tend to be larger than the Analysis Visor's dots, and they indicate outposts, minerals, and the like, as far as I know. Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 13:07
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    @Chris I play on PS4, but I can try and get a screenshot to show the difference, and add it into my answer. Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 13:13

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