These are the best mods to download for Starfield right now

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Starfield is shaping up to be one of the best games in recent years for those who love adding mods to their games.

Less than a week after the early access release of Starfield, hundreds of mods have already been created, and more are being released daily. Before long, thousands of mods are going to be available for download. These mods range from mundane but essential technical fixes to major overhauls of Starfield’s aesthetic. Of course, the growth Starfield’s modding scene is experiencing shouldn’t surprise veterans of Bethesda RPGs. 

The modding scene’s rapid growth can partly be attributed to Bethesda’s use of Creation Engine 2, which allowed modders for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and Fallout 4 to hit the ground running in this new title. Modders already have a good idea of what they’re working with, on top of Starfield being naturally modder-friendly. But players will already need a bit of help sifting through the many, many mods that are available to choose from.

The best Starfield mods out right now

Starfield allows players to change everything about their game, ranging from what players can do to how the game runs. The modding scene is still young, so the best mods of Starfield are bound to change very quickly. Keep in mind that mods can cause stability issues and that not all mods are compatible with one another.

Starfield Upscaler

Starfield Upscaler – Replacing FSR2 with DLSS or XeSS

For the unfamiliar, FSR2, DLSS, and XeSS are real-time image enhancement technologies that aim to boost framerates through deep learning and AI-enhanced upscaling. PureDark ‘s Starfield Upscaler is currently the most popular mod on the Nexus, showing that the lack of support for DLSS and XeSS on launch has left many fans dissatisfied.

starfield performance optimizations

Starfield Performance Optimizations

As many fans note, it’s not the true Bethesda RPG if there aren’t dozens of performance issues on launch. Thankfully, modders have been quick on the uptake once again, as Erok’s Starfield Performance Optimizations aims to provide a fast fix to any performance woes. It even comes with a “Potato Mode” for those playing on the absolute minimum required specs.

starfield script extender mod

Starfield Script Extender (SFSE)

For veterans of the modding scene, Ian Patterson’s Starfield Script Extender is a sight for sore eyes. Script extenders are the backbone of millions of Bethesda RPG mods, and that continues with Starfield. Script extenders allow for games to have more scripting capability and functionality, allowing both modders and players to enjoy the full breadth of a game’s potential.

starui inventory mod

StarUI Inventory

Created by the same mind behind FallUI, m8r98a4f2’s StarUI improves all the inventory screens in Starfield. Sortable columns now have added details, item categories have unique icons, and a more compact aesthetic are among the quality of life improvements offered by this mod.

starfield quantum reshade mod

Quantum Reshade

Shader mods are synonymous with Bethesda RPGs, as every player wants their games to look a certain way. HelloImCrimson’s Quantum Reshade brings Starfield’s lighting to a more realistic level, making the experience that much more immersive. Shader mods are a bit complex to install and impact performance, so players shouldn’t use this one unless they’re sure their PC is up to the task.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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