Last week, the video digest from Star Citizen was all about exploring caves and what you’d find within them such as mining deposits. So it would perhaps stand to reason that this week’s video is all about just how mining those deposits will work from a first-person perspective.
FPS mining operates similarly to mining from the cockpit of a Prospector mining ship: You scan a suitable rock to determine its contents, fire a laser at it at just the right levels of power to blow it apart, and scoop up the valuable rocks that burst forth. The only difference being, of course, that FPS mining is done with a multitool that has a mining attachment.
Players can personally mine deposits from within caves or out in the vacuum of space from asteroids and stow the goodies in their materials inventory, which will have varying sizes depending on the type of armor being worn. And yes, there will be purpose-built armor specifically designed to have maximum material inventory space.
FPS mining not only opens up eating space rocks but also allows for harvesting goodies from the local fauna as well. All of the commodities players mine or pluck can be sold at any trading and shipping console for a small hit of extra aUEC. According to the video, minerals mined in this way are effectively uncut and unrefined gems, so they should rake in some solid spacebucks.