The Best of Bethesda Starfield: Release Date & Gameplay

Bethesda Starfield

Get ready to blast off into an incredible gaming universe with Starfield, the game we’ve all been eagerly waiting for from the wizards at Bethesda. Imagine a cosmos so vast it makes your jaw drop, with not just a bunch, but over a thousand planets waiting for you to uncover their secrets. And let me tell you, this game isn’t just about exploring, it’s about crafting, interacting, and unearthing stories that’ll give you goosebumps.

Starfield is set to launch on September 1, 2023, as an Early Access release for those who have purchased the Starfield Premium Edition, Constellation Edition, or the Premium Edition Upgrade.

For players who opt for the Starfield Standard Edition or have a PC Game Pass subscription, the release date is set for September 6, 2023.

Additionally, our sources have confirmed that there will be NO Starfield PS5 release. It’s an Xbox game and you can only expect Starfield Xbox release.

For release dates as per your Country, see the chart below:

Starfield global release dates

Starfield Pricing

As we all know, inflation is not sparing the gaming industry either! The cost of the game starts at $70 USD, for standard edition. However, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have access to the game from its launch date as part of their subscription.

The price for Pre-Purchase Starfield is $42.99 USD. Whereas, Pre-Purchase STARFIELD DIGITAL PREMIUM EDITION will cost you $70 USD.

Watch: Starfield official trailer

Game Setting and Open World Exploration

The game is set in a region of space called the Settled Systems, a 50 light-year radius around Earth. It involves two major factions, the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective, with tensions between them. Players will encounter various threats, including factions, pirates, and religious zealots.

Starfield’s galaxy has over 1,000 explorable planets, a mix of handcrafted design and procedural generation. Around 10% of these planets will support life, with Bethesda ensuring engaging content even on barren planets.

Here’s a little bit of storyline for you, but if you want an in-depth story of Starfield’s cosmos yon can read it on Bethesda’s official website

Starfield Story So Far

Gameplay & Customization

Starfield introduces extensive player customization options. Gamers can design their own spaceships using a ship customization suite, assembling various modules from different manufacturers. This not only determines the appearance of the ship but also its performance and attributes.

Weapons can also be customized using a crafting system, allowing players to modify their space firearms with different attachments.

Character creation involves selecting a background that influences starting skills. Traits, which have both benefits and drawbacks, further shape the character’s capabilities. Traits are optional and can be removed through sidequests.

Starfield character

Game Mechanics and Factions

Starfield incorporates mechanics familiar from previous Bethesda RPGs. Players can pickpocket NPCs, engage in lockpicking (called “digipicking“), and employ a persuasion system that goes beyond the traditional dialogue pie chart.

Recruitable NPC companions offer combat assistance, with some being romanceable. Factions feature independently playable questlines, avoiding the issue of locking players out of content due to faction choices.

Players can construct outposts, and Bethesda has introduced the ability to zoom out to an overhead view for precise base planning.


System Requirements

The game is built using the Creation Engine 2, which is a new iteration of Bethesda’s game engine. The system requirements are relatively modest, considering the scope of the game, with a focus on SSD storage.

Minimum Requirements:

OS: Windows 10 version 21H1 (10.0.19043)

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Intel Core i7-6800K

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5700, NVIDIA GeForce 1070 Ti

DirectX: Version 12

Storage: 125 GB available space

SSD Required

Recommended Requirements:

OS: Windows 10/11 with updates

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel i5-10600K

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

DirectX: Version 12

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 125 GB available space

SSD Required

Starfield Frequently Asked Questions

Is starfield multiplayer?
No, it will not feature multiplayer components. Cooperative and competitive features are not planned on either PC or Xbox.

Will starfield be on ps5?
No, the game will be launched exclusively on Xbox and no other consoles.

Will starfield be on game pass?
Yes, it will be available on Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC.

How long was starfield in development? 
The game’s name was trademarked 10 years ago, but development took around 8 years until the final release on September 6, 2023.

Are Starfield planets open world?
Yes, the game has an open world exploration setting. 

Will Starfield have space exploration? 
Yes, gamers can explore the entire space if the wish to.

Can you visit Earth in Starfield? 
No official confirmation has been provided about planet Earth by the officials at Bethesda, so it’s unlikely that you will visit Earth, but not entirely impossible.


Bethesda promises an expansive space exploration experience with a multitude of customization options, immersive gameplay mechanics, and a universe filled with diverse locations and factions. As the release date approaches, players can look forward to embarking on their own spacefaring adventure in this highly anticipated game. 

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