Screenshot from No Man's Sky with the four HUD areas highlighted.

The HUD (Heads-Up Display) is the user interface that the player sees, and changes depending on if they are walking around or flying in a starship.

The location name displayed on the bottom left hand corner of the HUD in No Man's Sky refers to the planet or the solar system the player is in. Below the name, the temperature, toxicity, and reactiveness of the area is shown. If the planet has hostile conditions, above the name, the character's relevant shield or life support system will be displayed.

In the top left, the character's shield and health level is displayed. When the character is in their starship, the ship's shields and health are displayed instead.

In the top right, the charge or ammunition of the character's or ship's current weapon is displayed. The five diamonds next to it indicate the character's wanted level.

In the bottom right are displayed current objectives and indicators for the character's inventory, stamina and jetpack.

A compass is displayed at the top center of the screen.

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