I've rebooted the game a few times now and each time I start a save I end up in what I can only describe as a version of snake. It shows a map like screen with symbols spread out, one of which is a spaceship I can move around. It will go down if I press Ⓐ or further any direction if I use the right thumb stick, leaving a trail like the old Microsoft mouse when it crashed. I can hear the sounds of the spaceship and NPCs but I can't see them. Also if I go into the inventory by pressing back, when I come out of that it shows red lines spread over the screen. As I move the red lines gradually disappear by being covered by the trail of the spaceship.

I don't know if this is just part of the game and I'm missing something, but when looking for a fix I couldn't find anything referencing my problem.

Microsoft like trail:
ScreenShot 1

Back button overlay:
back button overlay

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    Can you provide of screenshot of the bug you are experiencing? Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 20:10
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    These issues sound graphical in nature, I would start by updating your graphics drivers. Other than that, a screenshot would really help here.
    – Flater
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 9:55
  • Thanks for the screenshots. I've yet to find any reference to this bug anywhere on the web (including page 2 of google), so it might be centralized to your PC. Per @Flater's comment, I would suggest updating your graphic drivers. Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 17:39
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    Are you console or PC using a game-pad?
    – Malco
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 18:56
  • @Malco Given the use of an Xbox controller, I'd say PC. No Man's Sky wasn't released on Microsoft consoles AFAIK. Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:27

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That definitely sounds like a graphics card/graphics driver problem. It seems like the frame buffer isn't properly updating. I've had very similar issues with other graphic-intensive games, and it's always either been faulty hardware, or an outdated driver. If you've recently updated your drivers, consider backing out to a previous working version.

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