Welcome to the IGN Walkthrough and Wiki Guide for Returnal on PS5. This page explains how to use the datacube processor to convert datacubes into artifacts.
Note that you can only pick up and carry one data cube at a time, and if you die before bringing it to a data cube processor, it is forever lost until you find one. other on subsequent execution.
How to use the Datacube processor in Returnal
Sometimes while exploring Atropos you will come across strange objects called “datacubes”. These cubes contain artifacts that, when unlocked by bringing the Alien Cube to a Data Cube Processor, can also appear and appear in each subsequent game once unlocked.
Each data cube that you come across in Returnal is prefixed with the name of a random artifact, which is the artifact that you unlock by bringing the cube to a processor.
For example, this Unfed Pod data cube contains the Unfed Pod artifact. I can unlock this artifact by taking the Datacube to a location with a Datacube processor, which is usually found after beating a boss or in a hub area.
This is what a data cube processor looks like in Returnal.
After using the device, I am able to analyze and recover my new artifact.
And There you go! A brand new artifact from a previously useless datacube.