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Starfield PC specs revealed, including an SSD requirement

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Starfield early access is starting in a couple of days but PC players may need to upgrade their rigs as the game’s PC specs are significant and explicitly require an SSD. 

Bethesda Softworks has put a lot into the galaxy-trotting RPG, and it’s asking a lot of gamers in return. Though previous titles like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim didn’t have extreme demands for PC players’ rigs, Starfield isn’t going to run on budget hardware. While Steam Deck owners might have been hoping to play the game, its minimum specs fall well out of reach for anything other than a fairly up-to-date rig.

Included in those specs is the demand for a solid-state drive. While Starfield isn’t on par with the infamously demanding Crysis, gamers will want to know what they’re getting into before throwing down cash on the game.

Starfield requires players to have a solid-state drive, a dedicated GPU with 8 GB of VRAM or more, 16 GB of RAM, and more.

Though Starfield doesn’t require a starship-caliber PC, players running on old hardware might need to upgrade. Compared to the minimum specs of Armored Core 6 and other recent releases, Starfield isn’t especially accommodating.

Here are the minimum PC specs needed to run Starfield:

  • 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

Here are the recommended Starfield PC specs:

  • 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

Players will require a decent processor and GPU to run the game. Unfortunately, Bethesda Game Studios has not confirmed which resolution these specs are suitable for. If they are for 1080p resolution, it would be a little disappointing for PC players with a mid-range build. 

There are no benchmarks or exclusive PC features-related videos out yet. As Bethesda is now owned by Microsoft and is technically under the Xbox umbrella, there might not be a PC trailer at all. There is no targeted resolution or frame rate mentioned in Starfield’s official post to go along with the PC specs. More details will emerge once the review embargo is lifted. 

Will Starfield have ultrawide monitor support?

There is no official word on Starfield supporting ultrawide monitors. 

Historically, Bethesda games using Creation Engine do not support ultrawide displays. Players have previously been able to manually change .INI files in the games to create a jerry-rigged ultrawide experience. It’s unknown if this will still be possible in Starfield, however. 

Starfield is using a modernized and modified version of Creation Engine. It is unknown if the game will work on ultrawide monitors but if it doesn’t, it’s possible that this feature could be patched into the game in the future. 

A Reddit user posted Starfield running on an ultrawide monitor. The single image displays an ultrawide monitor showing the view from the cockpit of a ship. It could be a doctored image but the UI looks to be scaled properly. 

The game already received a massive day-one patch. Ultrawide support may or may not be a part of that. Fans can expect definite answers once review embargos are lifted and the game enters early access.

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Written by Bilawal Bashir

Bilawal is a software engineer who loves video games, comic books, and anime. But he will never love pineapple on pizza.

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