Starfield's next update adds 60FPS, improved surface maps, and more

Starfield's next update adds 60FPS, improved surface maps, and more
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Tom Chapman

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1st May 2024 16:57

As we wait for the eventual release of Starfield's Shattered Space DLC, Bethesda is keen to keep things ticking over in the cold depths of space. Now, Bethesda has announced a beefy update that's attempting to lure us back to the sci-fi explorer.

Starfield update adds surface maps, difficulty levels, and decorations

Bethesda has revealed what's coming in the May 15 update, promising a slew of new features. There are some pretty big revelations here, although a lot of it is buried under minor fixes and aesthetic tweaks.

First, improved surface maps address the age-old problem of getting lost against the massive backdrop of planets. The settings menu also offers new difficulty options, meaning you can tweak ground or ship combat to your preference. 

You'll be able to decorate ships like outposts, and there are camera toggle options for dialogue. This is apparently just the tip of the iceberg, with improvements to graphic fidelity and performance on Xbox pushing Starfield's console version closer to its PC counterpart. Yes, the long-awaited 60FPS is finally here.

In terms of bugs and fixes, issues with a ship's maximum shield capacity, stunned characters, weapon duplication, and more have all been addressed. There's a full list of everything that's coming, although not everyone was impressed with what Bethesda has been working on behind the scenes of Starfield. 

Starfield fans aren't a fan of the update

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With Starfield updates being sporadically spread across the cosmos, some are less than impressed by the update. One grumbled, "That's... very underwhelming lmao. Did we really wait months for some small additions?" They say there are bigger problems than ship decorations and camera toggles. 

Someone else said, "I'll wait to play it again until it comes to the PS5," and a third said, "Lol quit that game months ago. Planets are too dead and no vehicles to get around the barren worlds quickly is boring as hell." One barbed comment simply referred to it as "Starfail." 

While it's great news that Starfield has finally added 60FPS, the slow trickle of updates is clearly taking its toll. As Fallout is everywhere right now and fans flock to the Wasteland, it looks like many of you are getting your Bethesda fix elsewhere.

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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