The preload of “Starfield” begins: Buyers can now download the upcoming Bethesda role-playing game in order to be able to start playing right away on the release date. According to Bethesda, Starfield will be available to download on the Windows Store, Game Pass and Xbox starting August 17th. Steam users can therefore start the download on August 30th.
In the heise online test, however, the preload of “Starfield” only worked to a limited extent: You can use the Game Pass app from Microsoft to start the preload, but only 10 MB of data was downloaded. The actual size of the preload should be over 100 GB – the game needs 125 GB of hard disk space.
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The release of “Starfield” will be spread over several days. First of all, those who pre-order the more expensive premium editions can start playing on September 1st. Everyone else won’t get access until September 6th – this includes buyers of the standard editions and users of Microsoft’s Game Pass. “Starfield” will be playable on PC and Xbox Series X/S. A Playstation version is no longer planned since Microsoft bought Bethesda in 2021.
Especially on the PC, “Starfield” has already caused controversy in the run-up to its release. Many PC gamers are bothered by the partnership with AMD. As a partner, AMD prevents Nvidia technology from being used in “Starfield”. Specifically, many players are concerned with the DLSS upscaling technology and the DLSS3 frame generation technology. Both Nvidia developments can massively increase frame rates in video games with minor visual compromises, but according to the current state of knowledge they will not be available for launch in “Starfield”.
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“Starfield” will be shown at Gamescom – but only in a “cinema”. Visitors can probably look at trailers and gameplay scenes here, but you can’t play there yourself.
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