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Starfield’s Xbox display mode update must get this one thing right

Starfield 60fps is now possible on Xbox Series X in Bethesda's space RPG as new Starfield display modes arrive in the latest update.

Starfield display modes update: An image of Andreja in Starfield on Xbox.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 The Starfield display mode update is now confirmed to launch on May 15 for Xbox Series X|S, therefore this article has been updated to reflect this.

Starfield is a massive game, there’s no getting around that. Sprawling planets packed with mysterious faces and places are all over Bethesda’s space RPG, and that has a considerable cost for us Xbox players, performance-wise. The next Starfield update could be the step forward we’ve all been waiting for, as Bethesda director Todd Howard teases the arrival of new Starfield display modes. 

Appearing on the Kinda Funny Gamescast, Howard reveals what Bethesda has lined up for its acclaimed open world game. Xbox owners can expect Starfield to receive a brand-new update soon, which is set to include the addition of expanded display modes. While the sci-fi RPG game has other features to implement, like Starfield Xbox mods, Howard says that Bethesda will be adding “other display modes on [Xbox] console[s] that people have asked for.”

The update launches on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, for Xbox owners, and brings a selection of visual options, but only on Xbox Series X. The latest Starfield patch notes indicate that players can choose between 30fps, 40fps, and 60fps. Players without one of the best Xbox monitors capable of VRR 120hz can still decide between 30fps or 60fps. Bethesda also adds the option to prioritize between visuals and performance. Prioritizing visuals will maintain the highest amount of detail and resolution, while performance lowers the resolution and detail overall.

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The game has received updates with over 500 fixes, including the addition of a FOV slider (hell yeah), but the Xbox exclusive had previously remained 30fps since launch. With many new Xbox games making 60fps commonplace, Starfield’s lack of this feature understandably stood out.

It was a major point of speculation before it released, with Bethesda refusing to offer a definitive answer until last year’s huge Starfield Direct showcase. Digital Foundry tested Starfield in September 2023, using settings akin to Xbox consoles on PC, and most areas offered at least 40-45fps. It makes sense to see Bethesda bring a Starfield 40fps mode to life now, and we certainly welcome the boost.

Despite its divisive reputation, Starfield is still one of the best Xbox Game Pass games you can download right now. Packed with a story full of great characters and glowing optimism, exploring the stars is an awe-inspiring experience.

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In other gaming news, this new Xbox sale offers up major discounts on this trio of triple-A titans, and FPS game fans can start earning Halo Infinite’s fresh in-game currency in the latest update.

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