How to Remove Glass in Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Hardspace: Shipbreaker encourages you to recycle every part of its derelict ships, but how do you handle glass? Read on.

It’s true that Hardspace: Shipbreaker doesn’t force you to scrap every last of glass, nanocarbon, aluminium and so on. You can certainly leave the chunks of a vessel to float off into the ether. But this space-based salvage sim does reward you for using “the whole buffalo” as the game calls it. Maybe you’re a completist who loves 100% every game they tackle.

But glass? It’s very easy to destroy glass, meaning you’ll miss out on all those lovely recycling credits. Typically found in the cockpit of the vessels you scrap, there might be multiple chunks to extract but getting them out in one piece isn’t so simple.

So, here’s what you need to do to remove glass in Hardspace: Shipbreaker:

  • Make sure you’ve depressurized the cockpit if you need to (you can read our separate guide on how to do that here)
  • First, switch to your laser cutter (triangle or Y)
  • Then, switch to line-cutting mode (right on the d-pad)
  • Look carefully around the window. You should be able to spot where the glass meets the window frame
  • Rotate yourself (or your beam) until your laser-cutter line is exactly over the frame, but not on the glass itself
  • Fire your beam, just for a moment or so (right trigger). The frame should have been cut
  • Finally, repeat this on all edges of the glass. You will now be able to pull the glass free with your grapple

And that’s all there is to it. You can happily recycle the glass and get that bit closer to eliminating Hardspace: Shipbreaker’s colossal corporate debt.

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