Starfield’s PC Port Could Be A Game-Breaker
Console gamers were disappointed to learn that Starfield, Bethesda’s highly anticipated game, will be exclusive to the Xbox Series.
Starfield utilizes an upgraded version of Bethesda’s Creation Engine, which struggles to maintain high frame rates. While mods have been created to force higher frame rates for games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim, they often result in physics-related glitches. This issue needs to be addressed within the engine itself.
Another concern is the lack of support for ultra-wide gameplay in Starfield footage. Many gaming monitors now offer higher refresh rates and expanded aspect ratios for a more immersive experience. It’s unclear why the Creation Engine doesn’t support ultra-wide aspect ratios like 21:9 and 32:9, forcing fans to rely on community-made mods for this feature.
Limited information is available about support for PC-exclusive features and technologies like DLSS 3 at launch. While FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 (FSR 2) will be included, PC players are expecting DLSS 3, which provides better performance and image quality. Hopefully, Bethesda will add DLSS 3 to Starfield shortly after its release.
Although Starfield’s system requirements appear surprisingly modest, it’s unknown whether they target a specific performance level. Todd Howard of Bethesda confirmed that the Xbox Series X version of the game can run at over 30fps but is capped to maintain consistent performance. It’s not clear if this frame rate limitation applies to the PC version.
PC gamers are hopeful for support of high refresh rates, with 60fps being the minimum expectation. Some players have invested in powerful hardware to experience 4K/120fps gameplay. The concern is that if Starfield is a long-lasting game like Skyrim, the frame rate limitation could hinder PC players for years.
As the game’s release date draws near, PC players are eager to know if Starfield can support refresh rates higher than 60Hz. Hopefully, Bethesda will address these concerns and allow PC players to fully enjoy the game on their high-end systems.