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What platforms is Starfield on?

Not everyone is a winner.

If you’re a fan of Bethesda’s RPGs and you’ve been eager to get into spacefaring adventure and mystery with Starfield, you must’ve been thinking about what platforms you can play it on.

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Like most people, I figured it would be released on all platforms when it was first announced back at Bethesda’s E3 presentation in 2018. My logic was it was the case for all of their previous titles, so why would it be any different for Starfield? But that changed when Microsoft bought Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Media in 2020.

We knew it was coming to the Xbox, but with a myriad of other platforms available, many are keen to know exactly where they can play Starfield.

What platforms can you play Starfield on?

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Starfield launched on Xbox Series X and PC, which isn’t all that surprising since it’s a Microsoft-owned title. The Bethesda RPG was then made available for both direct purchase (digital and physical) and via the Xbox and PC Game Pass subscriptions once it was released on Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2023. If you’re a Game Pass subscriber, you’ll be able to jump straight into the action with any plan offered by the service.

Will Starfield be available on PS4, PS5, or Switch?

It’s not looking likely Starfield will be arriving for the Nintendo Switch in the future, but a new report from Feb. 5, 2024, indicated the title is on its way to PlayStation 5 owners.

Alongside other titles like Sea of Thieves and Hi-Fi Rush, Starfield will reportedly make the jump to the Sony console with the launch of the game’s first major DLC, Shattered Space, sometime in the first half of 2024. The port will only be available to PS5 owners, with no plans to bring Starfield to the older generation of consoles.

Back in 2021, Bethesda creative director Todd Howard said the ability to focus on fewer platforms would “make for a better product” during an interview with the Telegraph. While that was good for Xbox and PC gamers, it didn’t offer any consolation to PlayStation and Switch owners who missed out on Starfield at launch.

Either way, Starfield is shaping up to be worth playing. As a PlayStation and PC owner, I’ve got no choice but to play it on PC right now, but I’m certainly keen to give it another look again when it eventually comes to the PS5 later this year.


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