Starfield is one of the most anticipated games of the year and undoubtedly the flagship title for the Xbox system in 2023. For over a year, it has been surrounded by controversies regarding its performance and due to its delay. However, since the extended gameplay that Bethesda showcased during the Starfield Direct, this situation seems to have taken a complete turnaround. The community is gradually embracing the game with more excitement, and in the past month, the enthusiasm among the community has been continuously growing. One of the key factors is the incredible improvement in quality that the game has demonstrated in recent months, pushing the Creation Engine, the graphic engine of Skyrim, to unforeseen limits.
Despite Bethesda’s attempts to control the flow of information, content leaks have been inevitable from some sources. However, this doesn’t seem to have caused significant harm, and the community is increasingly showing more support for the game. This commitment is shared by Bethesda and Xbox, as they are pouring numerous fixes into a day one patch that will weigh around 15 gigabytes, almost 10% more than the pre-download weight of the game and even more than the full game weight of Skyrim, also developed by Bethesda.
Despite the space it occupies, it has been observed that the patch mainly addresses graphical errors or glitches that don’t significantly impact the gameplay experience, such as textures loading improperly or occasional issues causing characters’ hair to disappear. The game’s stability has also been improved, which is always necessary in large-scale games. Additionally, some more significant issues have been addressed, including a bug that made companions levitate or a certain delay on the initial screen.
Starfield could potentially arrive on Steam Deck on day one
It’s normal for a game of this scale, with such a variety of systems, to experience some errors that need to be addressed, and it’s commendable that Bethesda is working on optimizing their offering for the launch. This could potentially enable the game to be playable on platforms like Steam Deck or ROG Ally, as suggested by some leaks. However, I would approach this information cautiously, as even if it becomes playable, it might be a bit rough on PCs that don’t meet its minimum requirements, especially in its early moments.