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How to get Starfield early access and when it begins

Bethesda has just confirmed all the Starfield special editions available and you'll be able to play this Xbox RPG a week early if you spend a little more on it.

Starfield early access: an image of an astronaut from the Xbox RPG on a pink background

How to get Starfield early access? If you want to get a head start on the, you’ll be pleased to know that Starfield early access is offering players almost a week of extra time with the game. But, this guide will take you through every aspect of it and how you can jump in.

We don’t say this lightly, but Starfield is shaping up to be one of the best games of all time. We know it’s going to be one of the best Xbox games to come out this year, but the sheer amount of content coming to Bethesda’s new RPG is truly mind-blowing – and, it’s going to take a lot of time for you to get through as the Starfield length is fairly long

Starfield early access

The Starfield early access begins Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 17:00 PT, 20:00 ET, Friday, September 1, 2023, 01:00 BST, 02:00 CEST on Xbox Series X|S and PC. The Premium Edition and Constellation Edition of the game come with five days of early access. You can also start playing early via Game Pass with the Premium Edition upgrade.

That means, ahead of the Starfield release date, you’ll be able to start playing before Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 1, 2023. Yes, that’s not a long time away at all – is it? Best get your Starfield pre-orders in now.

In addition to all of this, the Starfield Premium Edition will come with access to the first Starfield DLC – Shattered Space – and both the Constellation Skin Pack, and the Digital Extras bundle. This includes a soundtrack and an art book. The Constellation Edition comes with all of that and a digital game download code, a Starfield Chronomark Watch, a case for that watch, and a Constellation Patch.

You can pre-order the different editions here:

If you want to check out everything new we learned about Starfield, you can watch the whole Starfield Direct as many times as you want, at any play speed you want, below. We know there’s going to be some die-hard fans out there scrubbing every scene for new information; don’t worry, we are too!

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For now, you might be interested to learn that you might be able to make your Starfield ship a Gundam mech (seriously), and there’s a Starfield skill that lets you mind control aliens – which isn’t what we expected.

You can find out more about all the Starfield planets we’ll be able to explore, all the ship customization options available, and the latest on the Starfield traits you’ll get to choose from here. Either way, there’s going to be a lot of Starfield characters to talk to. So, this Starfield early access period could be vital for you.