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Base Computer
Base Computer
required for setting up a base
Category Base Building
Type Site Evaluation Device
Updated Expeditions

Base Computer is a base building product.


Base Computer is a base building product and required to set up a Habitable Base.

Game description[]

A base computer prior to base construction

Portable land registration service.

When placed, contacts Universal Cartographic Archive to establish ownership of land. Successful registration allows the construction of base modules across any site of the user's choosing.


Base Computer can be built using a blueprint and the following ingredients:

Buildable Area[]

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  • It creates a circular building area, about 147 u in radius. (300u, tested 8/23/2020) However, it seems this radius will increase the further up the player builds their base in height. (Uncertain with expanded new radius)
  • The area can be expanded up to a 1000u radius circle by building in the horizontal plane (N/S & E/W). As new items are placed, the allowable area expands. (eg electric wire runs, supply lines to mines, etc)
  • The area expands about 50-60u from the newly placed item.
  • The expanded area grows around the new items placed (see reference image for an example).

Additional information[]

  • Picking up a base computer before it has been used to claim a location will return the base computer to the player's inventory as a constructed item, while deleting a claimed base will destroy the computer.
  • Claiming a base area only claims it in one incarnation of the universe, for example in the PC Normal universe, the PS4 creative universe, etc in whatever game mode/platform you are claiming in the game save. The same location on other modes in the same platform, or in other platforms in any mode will not be claimed.
  • The name associated with the base computer can be changed and if it is done before using a teleporter associated with it, that name will be on the selection list of other teleporters.
  • Once the player has reached a certain point in the Alone Amidst the Stars mission, the base computer will begin to uncover useful blueprints from its archives every 90 minutes as part of the Base Computer Archives mission.
  • It is possible to find procedurally generated unclaimed base computers out in the wild, meaning the player is able to go through a portal, claim the base, go back through the portal, go to the Space Anomaly's teleporter and teleport to the claimed base.[1]
    • Bug: If you experience the condition where the game persistently thinks your base computer is someplace other than your current base, teleport to the local space station to cause the mission to update and then fly back to your base.
  • If you delete a base, it is not possible to reclaim the area, as it will still be claimed.

Release history[]

  • NEXT - Added as a base building product.
  • Synthesis - Cost reduced for building, was 40 Chromatic Metal