Starfield system requirements: Minimum and recommended specs

Starfield system requirements: Minimum and recommended specs
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton


13th Jun 2023 10:50

With Bethesda's next RPG, Starfield, on the horizon, its minimum and recommended system requirements on PC are now available so you can whether your PC specs will be able to handle the game. 

Starfield is an upcoming role-playing game from icons of the genre, Bethesda Game Studios, and their newest IP in over 20 years. It takes the standard RPG formula they use in Elder Scrolls and Fallout to the stars, allowing players to explore thousands of planets. 

With the game having such a massive scope compared to their previous outings, the hardware requirements are justifiably very high. So, check out the Starfield system requirements below to see if you can run it PC. 

Can I run Starfield on PC?  

a Starfield promotional image showing a character looking up at a planet
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To run Starfield with acceptable performance, your PC will need to meet either the minimum or recommended system requirements. Having a mix between both requirements will also allow you to run the game fine, but you'll need to experiment with some of the settings. 

Before you know if you can run Starfield though, you'll need to check out the minimum and recommended requirements below. 

Starfield PC minimum and recommended specs

Minimum requirements 

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X or Intel Core i7-6800K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5700 or NVIDIA GeForce 1070 TI
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 125 GB (SSD required)

Recommended requirements

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X or Intel Core i5-10600K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 125 GB (SSD required)

Firstly, it's worth noting that both system requirements are very high, meaning a lot of the PC player base will be locked out of playing the game automatically. 

The 10 series of NVIDIA graphics card are still the most popular on PC, with the most recent Steam hardware survey showing the GTX 1650 and GTX 1060 as the most used cards. Conversely, the GTX 1070 TI (Starfield's minimum spec GPU) is much less popular, with less than 0.5% of Steam users owning one. 

Statistically, that means most players won't be able to run Starfield according to the system requirements. So, if you don't meet the above requirements, maybe it's finally time to upgrade for Bethesda's upcoming space odyssey. 

That's all for our coverage of the Starfield system requirements, and now you know the minimum and recommend specs for the game, along with whether you should be able to run it.

We've also covered all Starfield romance options we know about so far. There are no aliens, sadly.

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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