Official Starfield system requirements recommend RX 6800 XT GPU and Ryzen 5 3600X CPU as game targets 30 FPS on consoles
The Xbox Games Showcase 2023 aired yesterday and it introduced players to a plethora of both first-party and third-party titles coming to Xbox Series S|X and PC. Arguably, the biggest game demoed at the presentation was Bethesda’s hotly anticipated RPG Starfield. Although we got to see a ton of details regarding the gameplay, RPG systems, visual design, and storyline of Starfield, Bethesda didn’t reveal the PC system requirements and resolution/frame rate targets for Xbox Series S|X.
However, thanks to the game’s Steam listing and Todd Howard’s interview with IGN, we finally know Starfield hardware requirements and console performance profiles.
First up, Todd Howard, the Game Director of Starfield, confirmed to IGN that Starfield runs at a locked 30 fps at 1440p and 4K resolutions on Xbox Series S and X respectively. Todd explained the reasoning behind locking Starfield to 30 fps as “ Always these huge, open worlds, fully dynamic, hyper detail where anything can happen. And we do want to do that. It's 4K in the X. It's 1440 on the S. We do lock it at 30, because we want that fidelity, we want all that stuff. We don't want to sacrifice any of it”.
Starfield PC system requirements
According to the Starfield Steam page, the minimum hardware requirements of the game include a Ryzen 5 2600X or an Intel Core i7-6800K CPU, 16 GB of RAM, an RX 5700 or a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU, DirectX 12, and 128 GB of SSD storage. The recommended requirements list the same RAM and memory configuration but bump the CPU and GPU demands up to an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X/Intel i5-10600K and RX 6800 XT/GeForce RTX 2080 graphics respectively.
Starfield is scheduled to release on September 6, 2023 and is now available for pre-order in two versions on PC: a standard version that costs US$69.99 and a DIGITAL PREMIUM EDITION for US$99.99.