The Starfield Direct is now out for the public. With over 40 minutes of new footage going over the gameplay mechanics, fans have already learned much more about the game than initially unexpected.
Still, the performance on Xbox Series S|X consoles remains a mystery. Many had expected Bethesda Game Studios and Xbox to reveal the frame rate and resolution for Starfield on each console, but fans have been disappointed.
However, Director Todd Howard has provided more details in a recent interview. Starfield runs at 30FPS on both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Why it matters: Redfall, a recent first-party release from Xbox, received criticism for running at 30FPS on Xbox Series S|X consoles. This led to concerns about Starfield’s performance.
Speaking to IGN, Todd Howard answered the much-anticipated question about Starfield’s performance. He stated:
“We do lock it at 30 because we want that fidelity. We don’t want to sacrifice any of it.”
The Director also revealed the resolutions for each console. According to Todd Howard, Starfield runs at 4K on the Xbox Series X, while the Xbox Series S runs at 1440p. However, he did not confirm if these are native resolutions.
Todd Howard also elaborated on the game’s current performance, stating that the game is capable of going beyond 30FPS. He said:
“We got it running great. It’s often running way above that. Sometimes it’s 60, but on the consoles, we do lock it because we prefer the consistency.”
The studio is happy with the game’s current performance. The developer also utilizes the 30FPS lock to ensure players have enough headroom to maintain consistency during intensive parts of gameplay.
However, this information will undoubtedly be disappointing for some. Following Redfall, fans had hoped Microsoft would ensure that Starfield does not launch without 60FPS on the Xbox consoles.
Still, fans who are used to Bethesda Game Studios’ titles will find themselves at home with the 30FPS gameplay. Recently, Todd Howard stated that he was playing Starfield on the Xbox Series S, claiming it runs well on the console.
As such, fans can rest assured that the title will stick to a solid 30FPS lock across all platforms.
Gamers looking for a 60FPS experience may want to consider the PC platform for Starfield. Starfield’s PC system requirements are modest, recommending a graphics card like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. However, PC users will require over 100GB of SSD storage for the game.
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