Starfield release time: Launch date and when it unlocks in your time zone (2024)

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Starfield, Bethesda's galaxy-sized space exploration RPG, is finally here after an agonizing five-year wait. Offering players over 1,000 planets across 100 systems to explore, a wide variety of deep gameplay mechanics, and a richly written universe that's full of opportunities for creative roleplaying, the title stands tall as one of the biggest and best games on Xbox and Windows PC. Many have begun to chart the cosmos already thanks to Early Access, and soon, everyone who owns the game (or a Game Pass subscription) can blast off into the stars once the global release goes live.

Ahead of Starfield's full arrival, we've been able to gather all the information you need to know about when it's slated to become available and more. Below, you'll find a full overview of launch times, preload details, a quick guide on how you can download and play the game once it's out, and more.

Starfield: Early Access launch date and start times

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By choosing to get the Premium Edition or Constellation Edition when selecting which Starfield preorder to buy, you can take advantage of Bethesda's Early Access offer and blast off into its new IP five days early. Specifically, Starfield Early Access becomes available officially on September 1, 2023, though access in many regions will actually start in the evening of August 31.

Notably, Bethesda officially confirmed exactly when the game would unlock for Early Access owners ahead of time, giving players that preordered one of the two aforementioned editions a heads up when they'd be able to play. Below, you'll find a full overview of these release times across each major time zone.

  • Aug. 31, 5:00 p.m. PT
  • Aug. 31, 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m. CT
  • Aug. 31, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Aug. 31, 9:00 p.m. BRT
  • Sep. 1, 1:00 a.m. BST
  • Sep. 1, 2:00 a.m. CEST
  • Sep. 1, 3:00 a.m. AST
  • Sep. 1, 3:00 a.m. TRT
  • Sep. 1, 5:30 a.m. IST
  • Sep. 1, 8:00 a.m. HKT
  • Sep. 1, 9:00 a.m. KST
  • Sep. 1, 10:00 a.m. AEST
  • Sep. 1, 12:00 p.m. NZST

Starfield: General launch date and start times

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Opting for the Standard Edition of Starfield instead? You'll need to wait for the game's global release date to play, which is September 6, 2023. Do note, though, that just like with the Early Access launch, players in some regions will be able to access the game in the evening of the previous day, September 5.

Starfield's full release will go live at the same time of day that the Early Access one did, so the launch times are identical. We've listed them below.

  • Sep. 5, 5:00 p.m. PT
  • Sep. 5, 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Sep. 5, 7:00 p.m. CT
  • Sep. 5, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Sep. 5, 9:00 p.m. BRT
  • Sep. 6, 1:00 a.m. BST
  • Sep. 6, 2:00 a.m. CEST
  • Sep. 6, 3:00 a.m. AST
  • Sep. 6, 3:00 a.m. TRT
  • Sep. 6, 5:30 a.m. IST
  • Sep. 6, 8:00 a.m. HKT
  • Sep. 6, 9:00 a.m. KST
  • Sep. 6, 10:00 a.m. AEST
  • Sep. 6, 12:00 p.m. NZST

Starfield: Preload date and time

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Starfield is a huge game, but thankfully, you won't have to wait until it launches in order to download it. This is because Bethesda will make the game available to preload, allowing you to get the RPG installed ahead of time and jump in-game as soon as it's released. This helps everyone, but is especially useful for folks that have slow internet connections.

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Bethesda officially made Starfield preloads on Xbox and the Microsoft Store available on August 17, with PC preloads on Steam unlocked on August 30. This made it possible to install Starfield at least about 24 hours before its Early Access arrival, and a full week before the global launch.

Starfield: How to play and download

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Once you've either purchased Starfield or have an Xbox Game Pass subscription that allows you to play it on Xbox or PC that way, you can download and install the game. Follow the steps below that correspond to your platform and/or distribution service of choice, and you can start the installation process.

Windows PC (Steam)

  • Launch theSteam desktop client. Download ithereif you don't have it installed.
  • Next,select the Library tab.
  • In the search bar,type Starfield.
  • When it pops up, select Starfield.
    • Note that if the game isn't in your Library, you still need to purchase it from the Store tab. Select it and search for Starfield.
  • To download and install the game,select the Install button.
  • Finally,select Play once the installation finishesto play Starfield.

Windows PC (Microsoft Store)

  • Launch the Microsoft Store app.
  • In the search bar at the top, type Starfield and press the Enter key.
  • Next, select Starfield from the list.
  • Select Install to download the game.
    • If you see the option to purchase the game instead, you still need to buy it or subscribe to PC Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
  • Once the installation finishes, select Play to start playing the game.


  • First,launch the Xbox Store.
  • In the search bar,search for Starfield.
  • From the results, select Starfield.
  • Next,select Download.
    • If you see the option to purchase the game instead, you still need to buy it or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
  • Finally,select Play once the installation finishes.
    • Moving forward, you can also launch Starfield from the "My games and apps" menu.

Starfield: Download size

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Now that Starfield preloads are live, it's been confirmed that on Xbox Series X|S, Starfield requires 126.1GB of free space, while you'll need 139.84GB of storage on PC. That's quite a lot, so you might need to uninstall some other games or delete some files to make room on your hard drive. Note that this amount isn't taking things like potential day one patches into consideration, so try and leave some extra space for future updates to the game.

Another thing that's important to highlight is that according to the official Starfield PC requirements, the game requires the use of an SSD. Therefore, we strongly advise against installing the game on an HDD, as doing so will likely cause a myriad of issues. Many of the best SSDs are very affordable these days, so you should definitely upgrade your storage if you need to.

Starfield is finally here, and it's undoubtedly one of thebest Xbox gamesandbest PC gamesfor lovers of space exploration, deep RPG gameplay, and the sci-fi genre as a whole.In ourStarfield review, we declared it to be "an absolute triumph in gaming" and "one of Microsoft's best exclusive games in over a decade."

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Starfield Premium Edition

The Premium Edition of Starfield includes bonuses alongside the main game, and you're guaranteed access to the first story expansion when it arrives. You can also start exploring vast planets five days early.

Buy at:Amazon|Steam (GMG)

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    Starfield release time: Launch date and when it unlocks in your time zone (2024)


    Starfield release time: Launch date and when it unlocks in your time zone? ›

    The Starfield release time is officially confirmed for 5pm Pacific and 8PM Eastern on September 5, regardless of what version of the game that you own. Those of you in European regions will need to wait until September 6, owing to time zones being a nightmare.

    What time does Starfield unlock? ›

    The Starfield release time is 12am UTC on Wednesday 6th September. That means it is available to play right now, and can be downloaded for free for those using Xbox Game Pass on console or PC. You can find the exact Starfield release time in your region below: US West: 5pm PDT (Tuesday 5th)

    Is Starfield a midnight launch? ›

    Starfield will have a global simultaneous release at midnight UTC on Wednesday, September 6. Video Player is loading.

    When can I play Starfield in New Zealand? ›

    The Starfield launch time will fall on September 6th at 12PM NZST.

    How to access Starfield early access? ›

    How do you get Starfield Early Access? To get Early Access to Starfield, you had to purchase the Premium Edition (physical or digital) or the Constellation edition (a physical-only collectors box). The former is $100 and comes with one story expansion, a skin pack, and digital copies of the artbook and soundtrack.

    Can I play Starfield at 8pm? ›

    Starfield early access release times

    Here's the full breakdown: August 31: 5pm PT. 8pm ET.

    What is local time in Starfield? ›

    "Local Time" is based on the position of the sun for whatever planet/moon you're currently on. In RL Jupiter is an extremely slow turning planet, so if you were to go there and sleep/wait for 1 hour then it's equivalent to 100 hours of "Universal Time".

    What time can you play Starfield on the 5th? ›

    The official Starfield release time was at 5 pm Pacific on either August 31 or September 5, depending on which version you bought.

    Can I play Starfield right now? ›

    Starfield: Available Now on Console, PC, and Game Pass | Xbox.

    Which country gets Starfield first? ›

    See below for a selection of Starfield early access timezones: UK – Friday 1st September from 1am BST. Europe – Friday 1st September from 2am CEST. US and Canada – Thursday 31st August from 5pm PDT/6pm CST/7pm CDT/8pm EDT.

    Can you go to Earth in Starfield? ›

    You can actually travel to Earth very early in the game, as we visited Earth ourselves during Starfield's second mission, The Old Neighbourhood.

    Can I play Starfield early with New Zealand Trick? ›

    Can you use the New Zealand trick for Starfield? Sadly, due to the simultaneous launch of Starfield worldwide, you wont be able to use the New Zealand trick for Starfield. This applies for both the early access launch of the game on Friday, September 1 and the full launch on Wednesday, September 6.

    What time zone is New Zealand on Xbox? ›

    On Xbox, go into Settings > System >Time, and then you'll be able to switch your time zone to UTC+12 Auckland, Wellington, then restart your console.

    Why can't I play Starfield early? ›

    To fix Starfield early access not working on PC, you must do the following: Make sure Starfield has finished downloading and wait for it to unpack the files. Completely shut down Steam (kill it in Task Manager if needed). Load Steam up and head to your library.

    What's the earliest you can play Starfield? ›

    Starfield early access starts at 5 PM PT, 7 PM CT, and 8 PM ET on August 31 for those in the US. For the UK, it's 1 AM BST on September 1, and for players in Europe, Starfield early access begins at 2 AM CEST on September 1 as well.

    Will you be able to land anywhere in Starfield? ›

    After being impress playing No Man's Sky few years ago, that you can explore the entire planet and land nearly anywhere and curious is this the same setup in Starfield? Yes you can land, as a cutscene.

    Can I play Starfield early with Game Pass? ›

    One important thing to note for Game Pass subscribers: If you have a Game Pass subscription you can purchase the $35 Premium Upgrade and gain entry to the Early Access period.

    What time can I play Starfield in Chicago? ›

    Here's a full rundown of the release time per region: Los Angeles – 5pm, September 5. Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico) – 6pm, September 5. Chicago – 7pm, September 5.

    How many hours does it take to complete Starfield? ›

    When focusing on the main objectives, Starfield is about 23 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 147 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

    How do you check time in Starfield? ›

    The easiest way to get there is to go into your SKILLS screen, and press the ESCAPE key to go to the next screen. On the LEFT hand side - you will see the planet you are at, and below that you will see LOCAL TIME. You're welcome.


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