I've been playing the NEXT update for a bit now. Planets seem even more boring but look much nicer in some respects. I'm finding strange ones every so often. Mods will improve that. Land polygon popping is still visible when entering the atmosphere. You can see the square fans zipping out to cover the surface for a few seconds. Needs a better fade mechanism, like Space Engine, the popping is very minimal. Clouds pop in with no fade either. Doesn't look natural.
It's much more stable now... Frames are more steady, less choppy. External view of planets is still very boring, although you can see detailed land masses better. Water is all blue so far, not natural to me. Water should be the color of the atmosphere at the very least.
Third person is nice. You now have a 3d avatar you can customize. Overall the game just isn't to it's full potential in procedural generation. Like the creatures, they should have randomized alien races as well & have more cities on planets to give it a more flourishing aspect. Game is really bare bones and still beta to me but overall looks nicer and more stable. Again I feel modding will improve the look over time.
Windows 10 Pro: 64bit
i5 3470 CPU @ 3.20 Ghz: 8 Gig DDR3
Gigabyte GT 1030 @ 2 Gig Vram: DirectX 12