New Starfield update actually fixes infinite gun glitch on Xbox

A small Starfield update has just dropped on Xbox and, interestingly, it actually fixes an infinite gun glitch rather than removing it.

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Guess what, Xbox players? There’s a new Starfield update for you to download – and you’re definitely going to want to make sure you’re downloading this one before your next session. Sure, it’s a shame that it isn’t introducing any major changes for Starfield players to enjoy, but it is fixing some frustrating crash issues – oh, and fixes that rather infamous infinite gun glitch. We know, we’re as shocked as you are that Bethesda is effectively facilitating an exploit.

Starfield may not have walked away from The Game Awards with the award for best RPG this year, but it’s still one of the best RPG games available on Xbox right now; not only that, but it’s easily one of the best Xbox Game Pass games out there, as well. Strangely, a rather important part of that – as minor as it seems to a game of Starfield’s scale – are the bugs and glitches. You know, things like this Starfield weapon case glitch that you can use to get god rolls on all the best Starfield weapons you can loot. We know this is an exploit and it should be frowned upon, but it’s also something that is quintessentially Bethesda and really adds to the charm of a Bethesda game like this. Bethesda RPGs are rarely as polished as their peers and discovering these little tricks almost feels like it makes up for that.

In recent weeks, though, this popular exploit actually stopped working properly – this something that simply led us to believe that Bethesda had resolved the issue without the fanfare of an announcement. With game developers doing this sort of thing all the time and Bethesda far from the chattiest among them at the moment, it really wasn’t something to be concerned about. Sure, we might think a major overhaul is required to really bring Starfield up to scratch, but this was still an important – albeit small – step towards polishing Starfield even further.

Except, rather surprisingly, this wasn’t actually a small, unmentioned step towards polishing Starfield even further at all. This was actually a bug with an exploit, an issue that would stop new randomly-generated weapons spawing in weapon cases when players were reloading a save game – an integral part to the exploit, as you can see below.

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So, as these new Starfield patch notes for update 1.8.88 reveal, this was actually something Bethesda was trying to fix – a resolution that inadvertently supports the infinte gun glitch and an exploit players can use to ensure their arsenal of armaments is the best it can be.

Specifically, this update fixes “an issue that prevents random guns from spawning in a newly created Weapon Case after loading a save” alongside addressing “an issue that would cause space matter to become stuck to players’ ships during space travel” and “an issue where players could experience crashes while saving during long playthroughs without going through the unity”. If you’re enjoying your time before you jump into Starfield New Game Plus, that last point is particularly good news and should stop your game from crashing and avoid any risk of corruption when it comes to your save game data.

However, if you were hoping for more information on the upcoming Starfield DLC, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer. It’s due sooner than you think, looking at Fallout 4’s DLC release schedule, and Bethesda’s comparative radio silence on Starfield – outside of small patch notes like this – can be taken as a sign that the studio is hard at work on larger updates and content drops like this.

For now, though, why not check out all the best Starfield outpost locations right here? If you’re trying to take advantage of the infinite gun glitch, you’ll be pleased to know that this will work on any one of the best Starfield planets out there.

Still looking for more? While a good Starfield wiki can be a handy source of information, our new Starfield Database goes further, offering you daily news, searchable databanks, and even interactive tools like a New Atlantis map for exploration.