Starfield doesn’t officially release until September 6. But, if you paid for the expensive, Premium Edition of the game, you would be able to play right now. Despite the game being a day one Game Pass release, thousands of players couldn’t wait and decided to jump in early.
Over on Steam, Starfield peaked at 234,502 concurrent players at launch, according to SteamDB tracking. Considering the price of ther Premium Edition, and the fact the game would be on Game Pass in a few short days, the figure is impressive.
It’s actually a little unusual for SteamDB to track these sort of early access releases, because the game technically needs to be officially released for it to show up on the tracker. This is why, for example, you don’t see any reviews on Starfield’s Steam page, nor will you find it on Steam’s most played games list.
The reason why things are different this time, however, is quite simple: someone gifted the SteamDB bot the Premium Edition, which can be played right now – allowing it to get player count data.
That said, this was always going to be a popular release. Bethesda games tend to do very well on PC, and Starfield has been topping Steam’s top sellers list for a while.
The figure will likely rise through the weekend, but it’s going to be very interesting to see the overall peak concurrent once the game is out properly. Bethesda’s biggest-ever launch remains Fallout 4, which peaked at 472,962 concurrent players.
Pre-order Starfield today or get ready with discounted Game Pass codes
Starfield will be launching exclusively for Xbox Series X/S and PC (Windows) on September 6th 2023. Pre-order your copy of Bethesda’s upcoming action RPG from the links below and get set for the new galactic adventure.
Players who pre-order the premium edition can play Starfield early from September 1st. That’s five days before it lands on Game Pass! PC Players looking to upgrade their PC can also get Starfield for free when you buy select AMD Ryzen processors, AMD Radeon graphics cards, or a gaming system that contains both.
Alternatively, you can play Starfield on Game Pass on day one. Our shop here at VG247 is currently offering a 5 per cent discount on Game Pass codes and Xbox Credit – simply redeem the code “VG247” at the check out. The code is valid until 31st July, so stock up now to save money on a Game Pass membership or discounted Xbox Credit if you’re buying Starfield on the Xbox Store.