Starfield: How to play on Day One at 80% discount

If you haven’t heard, Bethesda’s upcoming game Starfield is due for release on 6th September 2023.

If Bethesda Game Studio sounds familiar, you’ve probably heard of or played their previous masterpieces which include Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

It has been a long 25 years since Bethesda released a brand new game universe, and the hype around Starfield has been building up quickly.

What is Starfield?

Starfield is Bethesda Game Studio’s next generation space themed open world RPG with seemingly unlimited possibilities.

Inspired by works like Interstellar, The Martian and Battlestar Galactica, you can look forward to create any character you want and explore the vast world of over 1,000 procedurally generated planets.

The Story

You are a miner working at an Outpost on the Moon of Vectera in the year 2330. As every RPG goes, you a nobody is being thrust into the heat of action after being ‘recruited’ into Constellation. And so you receive a starship, and set forth to explore the intergalactic world of Starfield in search of Artifacts, some mysterious space rocks.

There will be space exploration, interstellar star ship combat, FPS action against space pirates, resource and loot gathering, and much more:

Starfield sets to launch on PC and Xbox on 6 September 2023. Early Access is now available for folks who had pre-ordered the premium or constellation editions.

Given Bethesda’s stellar track record with AAA games, the hype for Starfield keeps building up. In fact, modders have already released a mod that lets players run Starfield using Nvidia’s DLSS 2 for improved game performance!

How much does Starfield cost?

Game PassStarfield Standard EditionStarfield Premium (digital) EditionStarfield Premium (Upgrade) EditionStarfield Constellation Edition
Price$9.99/month (PC) $10.99/month (Console)
$16.99/month (Ultimate)
$69.99$99.99$34.99$299.99
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Constellation Skin Packvvv
Shattered Space Story Expansion (TBA)vvv
Starfield Digital Artbook and Soundtrackvvv
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Credit Stick with Laser-Etched Game Codev
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How you can get to play Starfield at a 80% discount on Day One?

As an Xbox (and PC) exclusive, Starfield is available on Day One for Game Pass subscribers.

Instead of paying US$70 for the Standard Edition on Steam, you could get Day One access to Starfield, along with a library of over 400 games on the PC or Xbox Game Pass Subscription, at just $9.99 or $10.99.

That’s a whooping 80% discount on Day One!

However, do keep in mind that this is a monthly subscription.

So…

Should you get Starfield on Game Pass?

If you’re looking forward to play Starfield, but are not sure if the game is to your liking (or if it can run on your setup), getting the Game Pass offers massive value.

That said, if you are certain that Starfield is your type of game, you may want to get a digital or physical copy instead. With Starfield’s potential to deliver hours of play, if you foresee yourself immersing in Starfield’s >1,000 planets for more than 6 months, it would be most cost-effective to buy the game directly. The Premium Edition already includes the upcoming expansion for just an additional $20, so that could be your best option.

What the early reviews are saying about Starfield?

With Early Access open to Premium and Constellation Edition players (and influencers), we are starting to see reviews streaming in before the official launch.

In fact, Starfield has already clocked:

  • 75% on PC Gamer
  • 7/10 on IGN
  • 7/10 on GameSpot
  • 88 on Metacritic
  • 87 on OpenCritic
  • 10/10 on Destructoid

Truth be told, the early reviews are quite divided. Some suggest that Starfield isn’t living up to the hype, drawing comparison with No Man’s Sky, while others claim that Starfield will make gaming history.

Warning, the following video may contain spoilers:

Common praise for the game include:

  • visuals are incredible
  • world building and sci-fi concepts are well integrated, keeping players engaged

Common gripes for the game include:

  • lack of maps on planets makes navigation tough
  • lack of tutorials on an unintuitive menu system makes the first few hours a pain
  • the thought of having 1000 planets to explore was marred by the fact that many planets were empty with nothing much to do.

Are you raring to get your hands on Starfield?

Starfield is gearing up to be Microsoft’s biggest exclusive game launch in 2023.

Although the early reviews are dividing, Starfield definitely looks like it has much to offer. Most reviewers have already clocked in at least 70 to 100 hours of gameplay. But whether it can live up to the hype of being “Skyrim in space” remains to be seen.

Would you be getting your hands on Starfield?

PC Specifications required to run Starfield

Given the beautiful world showcased in Starfield’s trailers, you may be wondering if your set up can run the game smoothly. Here’s the recommended specification for PC users, as shared by Bethesda:

MINIMUM: 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 Additional Notes: SSD Required

RECOMMENDED: 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 Additional Notes: SSD Required


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