Starfield System Requirements | What You Need to Know


After a long wait, Starfield is finally here. With its latest open-world game, American game developer Bethesda — well-known for games like Skyrim and Fallout 4 — has taken to a futuristic space that has human colonies established on different planets.

In many ways, Starfield is the very definition of an open-world and space exploration game where you can experience a multitude of stories without any rush. A lot of effort has gone into the worldbuilding, and it shows. There are plenty of character customizations you can do to suit your playstyle. And you can play Starfield your own way.

Is Your PC Ready For Starfield?

Starfield — Bethesda’s biggest game to date — is meant for both sci-fi RPG and open-world game enthusiasts. The game world (sorry, game galaxy) is pretty vast, with secrets just waiting to be explored, and the action is fluid and realistic.

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The main game quest takes you hopping from one planet to another, but you have the choice to slow down and savor in the meticulously detailed game world. Very few objects you find along your journey in Starfield are not useful to you in some way, and these just keep adding to your knowledge of the game universe. Who knows? They might come in useful at some point in the story? The Digipicks came to our rescue when we least expected them to be. They helped unlock a safe.

Could I ramble on a bit less and come straight to the point? Yes, the point being that your journey in Starfield could be pretty immersive if only you would slow down and bit and try to inspect everything around you. In addition to that, you should be able to respond fast to dangers in the game. Hence, to properly experience the adventures in space, Starfield should be able to run smoothly on your system without any hiccups. This is why we are here to help with the PC hardware and software requirements for Bethesda’s open-world space RPG.

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Minimum System Requirements

If you are really tight on budget and have not planned on upgrading your PC (or buying a new one) for Starfield, then you should at least be able to run the game on your current PC. For that, the minimum system requirements must be met, or your game won’t run. Here are the minimum system requirements for Starfield:

➡️ Processor and OS

To just run Starfield, your PC should at least have an AMD Ryzen 5 2600X or Intel Core i7-6800K processor and Windows 10 version 21H1 (10.0.19043) operating system.

➡️ RAM and Graphics Card

Starfield needs a minimum of 16GB RAM and at least an AMD Radeon RX 5700 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card.

➡️ DirectX Version and Storage

You should have DirectX Version 12 and 125 GB available storage space on your PC.

You could try running the game with an HDD, but Bethesda recommends using an SSD for a smooth gameplay experience.

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You want the best Starfield experience on PC? Then you should have competent PC hardware for the game. Here is what Bethesda recommends for Starfield:

➡️ Processor and OS

Your PC should have an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X or Intel i5-10600K processor and Windows 10/11 OS that gets the latest updates.

➡️ RAM and Graphics Card

The recommended RAM for Starfield is 16GB. You should have an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card on your system.

➡️ DirectX Version and Storage

You should have DirectX Version 12 and free storage space of 125GB on your system.

Bethesda recommends having an SSD to avoid having game issues with Starfield.

➡️ Broadband Connection

To best experience Starfield, a broadband internet connection is required.

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Summing Up

We would want you to have the best Starfield experience, which is why we suggest playing it on a machine that has the recommended specs. But if you are unable to for some reason, you could always try and see if your current PC fits the bill for Starfield.

If you are still on the fence about buying Starfield, check out our Starfield review. It sure will help, I promise.

Utkarsh Saurbh
Utkarsh Saurbh
Utkarsh has been in the 'serious' business of gaming for a long time and especially loves FPS and tactical shooters, co-op adventures, story-rich RPGs and RTS titles. Armed with a degree in engineering, he is passionate about writing, music, literature, poetry, cinema, running, sports and yoga. 'The fitter you are, the better you'll game' is one mantra he swears by.

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