Starfield preorders are live, and your first RPG moment is selecting which of the editions appeals most. It’s about much more than just guaranteeing you’ll get the game on day one. If you pre-purchase Starfield before its release on September 6, you’ll also grab a wealth of digital goodies and maybe even early access. Alternatively, there’s always the value-led Game Pass option that’ll save a few pennies.
A quick checkpoint for PC users, you’ll first want to make sure your desktop meets the Starfield system requirements. After all, you don’t want to sink all that money into a collector’s edition only to find out you need an upgrade or two. With that out of the way, let’s check out the different Starfield editions, their prices, and what pre-order bonuses they offer.
- Standard Edition (Xbox) - $69.99 USD / £69.99
- Standard Edition (PC) - $69.99 USD / £59.99
- Premium Edition (Xbox) - $99.99 USD / £99.99
- Premium Edition (PC) - $99.99 USD / £85.99
- Premium Upgrade (Xbox)
- Constellation Edition (Xbox) - Sold out
$299.99 USD / £249.99
- Constellation Edition (PC) - Sold out
$299.99 USD / £249.99
- Game Pass - From $9.99 USD / £7.99 GBP per month
The Starfield Standard Edition is just the base game on its own. We already know it’ll contain hundreds of hours’ worth of gameplay being Bethesda’s next flagship. Still, it’s worth pre-purchasing it to get the Old Mars Skin Pack.
Breaking it down, this includes new looks for your laser cutter, alongside a deep mining helmet and backpack. Opinions may vary depending on your taste in skins, but the bronzed Steampunk aesthetic is one we always have time for. Check it out for yourself in the photo above.
The best thing about pre-purchasing the Starfield Premium Edition is that you get the game early. You’ll get to pre-load it on August 9 and play on September 1, a whole five days before everyone else. This is such a head start that you’ll be giving reviewers a run for their money.
You get everything in the Standard Edition, plus the first story expansion and another skin pack. The Constellation Skin Pack is much more space-themed with an astronaut’s helmet in the mix, but we’ll let you judge of which one’s better.
Collectors can also rejoice. You can fill your home with the sounds of the soundtrack, flick through the art book, and impress with a swanky Starfield steel book. Since this has a physical pre-order bonus, it’s subject to availability.
Don’t sweat it if you’ve already pre-purchased the Standard Edition, either. You don’t even need to cancel your pre-order to change your mind, as there’s a Premium Upgrade that includes all the above and attaches to your original decision without hassle.
Constellation Patch - Starfield Chronomark Watch & Case - Etched Credit Stick
The Starfield Constellation Edition is every collector’s dream. You get everything included in the other editions, including the ability to get a head-start over Standard Edition and Game Pass players. The best part, however, is just how many physical goodies it packs.
Alongside the steel book sitting on your shelf, you’ll be able to impress with a limited-edition Chronomark watch. It doesn’t quite make you 007 in Moonraker, but it does mimic the in-game Starfield Watch. It might even display in-game information if it’s anything like the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy. It’s delivered in a special case that also contains a Constellation patch you can stick on a backpack and a NATO strap for the watch itself.
This edition doesn’t come with a disc, but even the digital code is special. It’s laser etched onto a credit stick, which also brings an in-game item to life. This one’s a little harder to display but still nets you a few brownie points with die-hard fans.
Unfortunately, the Constellation Edition is already out of stock everywhere that we can see. It’s available marked up on third-party retailers like eBay, but chance this at your own risk as there’s no guarantee of authenticity. It’s unlikely to re-stock ahead of launch being a limited edition, but we’ll keep an eye out there for any potential deals.
Starfield Game Pass
The question on everyone’s minds is now that Xbox owns Bethesda, is Starfield on Games Pass on day one, and which of the editions are available? Fortunately, the answer is a resounding yes, the RPG game will be available on both the console and PC Game Pass when it launches on September 6, 2023.
Of course, this means you don’t net early access like you do with the Starfield Premium and Constellation Editions. You should, however, get access to all in-game content so long as your subscription remains active. And, let’s face it, you have tons of other games to cleanse your palette whenever you need a break.
This means you’ll get to play Starfield indefinitely for $14.99 USD per month instead of the full $69.99 whack. It’s unlikely that Xbox will remove Starfield from Game Pass, either. All Bethesda games are still available, from Fallout 4 to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition and even Prey, the studio’s most underrated game.
Bad news, PlayStation folks, as Starfield isn’t on PS5. The space RPG is officially exclusive to Xbox Series X / S and PC. There’s also little hope of a port in the future, so don’t hold your breath.
This all stems from Microsoft buying Bethesda in March, 2021. Ghostwire: Tokyo was the final Bethesda-published game to appear on PlayStation when it released in 2022. Since then, Hi-Fi Rush, Redfall, and soon-to-be Starfield have avoided Sony platforms entirely.
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