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Is Starfield ever coming to PS5? What the rumors claim

Xbox boss Phil Spencer refuses to rule out a PlayStation port for Starfield, but a Starfield PS5 release date remains a distant dream.

Is Starfield ever coming to PS5? What the rumors claim

Despite numerous rumors, and hints from Xbox Boss Phil Spencer, a Starfield PS5 port is not available now, nor will be for some time.

Several Xbox-exclusive games were made multi-platform in a surprise announcement from Microsoft in February 2024, raising the hopes for many that Starfield would see a PS5 release. Unfortunately, Microsoft has since stated that Starfield would not be jumping to Sony consoles, at least for now.

Until Microsoft changes its mind, you might have better luck checking out the Starfield system requirements to see if your PC can run the game now. Otherwise, you may have a long wait ahead of you.

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Is Starfield coming to PS5?

Starfield will not be released on the PS5 for the immediate future. However, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has implied that Starfield could see a PlayStation release at some point. On the Xbox podcast, Spencer stated, “I do have a fundamental belief that over the next five or ten years exclusive games, games that are exclusive to one piece of hardware, are going to be a smaller and smaller part of the game industry.”

Spencer continued, “I don’t think we should as an industry ever rule out a game going to any other platform.”

Read literally, Spencer could simply mean that exclusivity will disappear over the next decade as Microsoft pivots away from console sales and instead focus on games sales. This doesn’t bode well for a Starfield PS5 port, but, in all honesty, it seems likely that the game will eventually get a PlayStation port.

Starfield PS5 release date

If Microsoft does decide to release Starfield on PS5, it likely won’t be on shelves until 2025 or later.

While Phil Spencer’s comments have implied that Starfield could make its way onto the PS5, there is no word on when that might be. Porting Starfield to another platform would be a considerable task, and likely take a year or more to accomplish given the sheer size and scale of the game.

Originally, a Starfield PS5 version was expected to arrive within the first and second quarter of 2024. According to now debunked rumors, Bethesda planned to release a Starfield PS5 port following the release of the Starfield Shattered Space DLC expansion.

Was Starfield meant to be exclusive to the PS5?

Is Starfield coming to the PS5? Probably not.

According to Xbox Boss Phil Spencer during an FTC hearing regarding the Microsoft Activision-Blizzard acquisition, Sony was considering a move to make 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.

Despite the result, it’s now quite likely that we’ll see a Starfield PS5 release at some point in the future.