Will there ever be a Starfield PS5 release?
Starfield's successful release on Xbox and PC platforms could have big implications for a future Starfield PS5 release.
Starfield has launched on Xbox and PC to considerable acclaim, with many positive Starfield reviews praising Bethesda’s latest RPG. However, one important question remains: will there be a Starfield PS5 release?
PlayStation gamers would have reasonably assumed that Starfield would follow in the footsteps of Skyrim, Oblivion, and the Fallout games, all of which arrived on both Xbox and PlayStation consoles without delay. However, Starfield PlayStation edition hopefuls still don’t have anything to suggest the game is coming to Sony hardware.
We’ve gathered everything there is to know about Starfield’s PS5 prospects and whether there will be a port in the future. But until then, you might have better luck picking up Starfield on Valve’s portable PC gaming console, the Steam Deck, or by checking out the PC system requirements to see if your PC is up to scratch.
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Will Starfield ever release on PS5?
Bethesda does not plan to release a Starfield PS5 port now or in the foreseeable future, likely due to the developer’s $7.5 billion merger with Microsoft.
With Starfield now available on Xbox and Steam, there’s no word on a Starfield PS5 or PS4 version, and, in all honesty, that’s what we were expecting. While there is a slim chance something might change further down the line, all the signals are pointing towards Xbox and Steam exclusivity for the long run for Starfield, with Xbox keen to portray Bethesda’s spacefaring epic as a flagship Xbox game.
While a PS5 release date might not be in sight, you can still pick up Starfield for the Xbox and PC by subscribing to the Starfield Game Pass.
Was Starfield meant to be exclusive to the PS5?
According to Xbox Boss Phil Spencer during an FTC hearing regarding the Microsoft Activision-Blizzard acquisition, Sony was potentially looking at making Starfield a PS5 exclusive as it had done previously with Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo. However, as Spencer put it, “when we heard that Starfield was potentially also going to end up skipping Xbox, we [couldn’t] be in a position as a third-place console where we [fell] further behind on our content ownership.”
Sadly for PlayStation players, Sony did not succeed in making Starfield PS5 exclusive, and Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company – ZeniMax – put a stop to that possibility ever materializing. Not even a Starfield petition was able to see the game brought to Sony’s console. As a result, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a Starfield PS5 release, as Microsoft and Sony continue to search for exclusive deals with other studios to compete with one another for market dominance.
Is there a Starfield release date for PS5?
Following the Xbox and PC release, there’s still no good news for those waiting to play Starfield on PS5, with Todd Howard seemingly doubling down during an interview with the BBC. He told the British broadcaster: “You know this is the hardware or the thing people are playing on, so the ability to focus on that always yields a better product. You do want people to be able to access it of course. But being with Xbox means there is an ease of access for us and I’m told we’re expecting more people playing this launch than anything we’ve ever done before and that’s despite the success of our previous games.” With that in mind, we’re not holding out much hope for Starfield PS5 copies anytime soon.
There is always the possibility that the Starfield platform exclusivity will be a timed-exclusive as we’ve seen for other games and vendors like the Epic Games Store and Steam. But for now, only Starfield PS5 petitions and discussions on Reddit serve to fuel the hope that Sony will eventually see a Starfield release date for the PS5. Similarly, the chance of Starfield seeing a PS4 port is slim to none.
As a result, the only way to experience the Starfield universe on a console is to buy an Xbox and a copy of the game or access it via the Xbox Game Pass, or by playing the Steam version, with some enhancements offered by the Starfield Steam Deck mod. Should a PS5 release date for Starfield be announced, we’ll be back to update this article.
How do you play Starfield on PlayStation?
Short of wrapping a PS5-style console skin around your Xbox, there is no way to play Starfield on a PlayStation system. That said, you can still use the PlayStation controller in conjunction with a Starfield Steam or PC edition to control your character.
Starfield PS5 mods
So we have to be clear here to avoid any possible confusion. There are already plenty of Starfield mods that imagine what a Starfield PS5 release might feel like to play, including substituting Xbox controls for that of its Sony competitor. You can also import a PS5 start-up menu, and even add the PlayStation logo to your flashlight (truly bringing Starfield and PlayStation together in a way no one thought possible).
If you’re desperate to bring some PlayStation to your Starfield experience, we’ve included a short list of Starfield PS5 mods below.
- DualSense – PS5 Icons – Replaces the Xbox button icons with the Dualsense PlayStation icons.
- Better Button Prompts – PS4 DualShock – PS5 DualSense – Enables button prompts in Starfield for PlayStation controllers.
- Playstation Logo Flashlight Mod – Adds the PlayStation logo to your Starfield flashlight.
- Starfield Playstation Studio Splash Screen – Replaces the Bethesda splashscreen with the PlayStation studios logo.
- PlayStation Exclusive MOTD Mod – Replaces the Message of the Day with the PlayStation Exclusive banner.
There you have it, all the information we have to go off about the possibility of a Starfield PS5 release at the time of writing. While you’re here, be sure to check out our Starfield ships hub, with individual guides for ship manufacturers, ship components, and ship designs.
Is Elder Scrolls 6 Xbox exclusive?
With Starfield maintaining a wide berth of PlayStation systems, it was no surprise to hear Bethesda and Microsoft plan for The Elder Scrolls 6 to be Xbox exclusive. This doesn’t mean that TES6 won’t see a PS5 release, but given Bethesda’s stance on a Starfield PS5 port, TES6’s hopes of launching on PS5 is a slim one to say the least.