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  • It looks like a Starfield Collector's Edition is on the way, as an eye-wateringly pricey version of the hotly-anticipated RPG has leaked ahead of the Xbox Games Showcase.

    There will be three editions of Starfield, according to billbil-kun on Dealabs, who has a reliable track record of leaking video game retail listings. The post, translated from French, says that in addition to the standard version, there will also be a Premium Edition, as well as what's called the Constellation Edition, which will be priced at €299.99 (equivalent to $322 at current exchange rates) across PC and Xbox Series X.

    The leak offers no details on what the Constellation Edition will contain, but it will be a physical-only release, so this edition will likely feature more goodies for your shelf than your in-game avatar. The Premium Edition, then, is the question mark here. The leak estimates - but does not confirm - this version will be priced at €114.99, at least on consoles.

    With that in mind, I'd hope that the Premium Edition includes some sort of guaranteed access to whatever DLC inevitably ends up hitting Starfield, rather than just starting you off with some uber-powerful gear that breaks the game balance.

    We should learn a lot more about the Constellation and Premium versions - plus a whole lot of in-game info - at the Starfield Direct, which follows the Xbox Games Showcase on Sunday, June 11.

    We're reaching the height of the E3 2023 schedule. If you missed yesterday's showcase, check out our guide to everything announced at Summer Game Fest.


  • Starfield is getting a substantial presentation just after this week's Xbox Games Showcase, and it looks like one of its potential surprises has shown up early online.

    Bethesda Game Studios' Starfield is just a few months away from its September 6 launch, and it looks like there'll be a limited edition Xbox Wireless Controller to go along with it. That's according to one Reddit user (now deleted) who uploaded images of the gamepad's box to the Starfield subreddit.

    Around the same time, video footage of the Xbox Series X|S controller outside of its box emerged on Twitter, showing the totally-hypothetical gamepad has a rather interesting design. Furthermore, the Twitter post also shows off a Starfield-themed Xbox Wireless Headset, indicating that Microsoft is going big on limited edition peripherals for the game.

    In terms of the overall design, the matte white shell of the gamepad contrasts nicely with red and gray accents found on the rear of the pad, as well as its analog sticks. The gold-hued D-pad and triggers are a nice touch, too. Though, I personally feel the random lines and scribbles on the front of the controller make it look a bit overdesigned.

    Here's some more pictures confirming the new controller from r/Starfield

    Starfield will be available for Xbox Game Pass players to download at no extra cost, so it's natural that Microsoft would look at other avenues of revenue for the highly anticipated sci-fi RPG.

    Of course, special editions and future paid DLC are a given. But extra hardware like limited edition controllers are well-suited for the game's staunchest fans. And we've seen similar limited edition Xbox controllers before, with games like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5.

    If both the controller and headset are indeed real, then it's good news for Starfield fans eager to purchase appropriately themed hardware. As for the game itself, it'll likely get an action-packed showing, as Xbox promises "no full CG trailers" for most of its upcoming showcase.


  • It’s been ten years since Xbox’s TV-focused reveal of the Xbox One, often seen as a big misstep in the company’s history.A decade on, sentiment toward the company is at a similar low, despite the upcoming arrival of one of the biggest console exclusive RPGs of all time.

    Let’s take you back to 2013, when Don Mattrick revealed the Xbox One to an eager, expectant crowd. After an incredible eight year run with the Xbox 360, the community was looking forward to something new and – hopefully – groundbreaking. However, the reveal ended up making many feel deflated, as despite the new console’s increased horsepower, Kinect integration, and more, Microsoft made the baffling decision to focus on… television?

    The new Xbox One, we were told, would be part of this dream of a home entertainment all-in-one box, where you could watch and record shows alongside playing games. Pretty cool stuff, but Microsoft gave that TV aspect way more weighting than it deserved. As a result, games were an afterthought. Hey, are you playing the new Halo? Who cares when you can watch Game of Thrones in the corner at the same time? It went down like a lead balloon and years later, even Xbox’s own documentary declared the reveal as ‘Xbox loses its way‘.

    The company had to perform such a quick 180-degree turn, Mattrick got whiplash as he was booted out. Phil Spencer came in, and reveals and events after that point were squarely back to focusing on the games. It was by no means instant or an overnight change, but it forced Microsoft to start turning the ship around, and reminding them to focus on the things that had gotten them into that position in the first place – the games.

    Fast forward to 2023, more than one console generation later Xbox has found itself in a similar position for different reasons. Yes, Xbox is focused on games again, but right now the company finds itself on familiar footing; there aren’t a great deal of reasons for people to want to buy its console. Yeah, Game Pass is a great value proposition (and that’s where most of its focus has been for the last two years), but it’s struggling to provide much reason to pick up an Xbox outside of that.

    Right now, Starfield is shouldering the bulk of that burden. Yes, we’ve got new Elder Scrolls, Avowed and Hellblade titles coming at some indeterminate time, but fans need something tangible to look forward to, and that’s almost exclusively being held up by Starfield and Forza Motorsport. The disastrous recent launch of Redfall has done a lot of damage and trust is waning in Xbox to provide heavy hitters. With the upcoming PlayStation Showcase set to reveal potential news on anticipated games like Spider-Man 2, Final Fantasy 16, Wolverine, Silent Hill 2 Remake – they’re not short on system sellers.

    Let’s not sell things short here, Starfield is an RPG from Bethesda. This is the studio that created monster-hits Skyrim and Fallout. But since the purchase by Microsoft, fan opinion has undeniably cooled on the studio, as was expected when it was clear half of the series audience would be locked out of being able to play the new RPG due to lucrative business deals. The game has to deliver – now more than ever before – on not just its own promises, but that Xbox is a games company that gamers can still get invested in, and not just as the option for when you can’t get hold of a PlayStation 5.We’ll get to see more of Starfield – and whatever else Xbox has in store – during the announced Xbox Games Showcase later this month. 


  • Our Starfield countdown clock's only got about a quarter of a year left. It's been a long road starward since Bethesda's space RPG reveal back in 2018, but we've got a September 2023 launch date locked in and our hold's loaded with a cargo of carefully collected Starfield info. Fasten your spacesuit, cross your fingers, and hope we don't have any more surprise delays before takeoff.

    Considering it's Bethesda's first fully new series in a quarter century, it won't shock anyone to say that Starfield's got some astronomic hype built up as we barrel towards release day. And they know it, too; they've been parceling out just enough info to stoke speculation. Until Starfield's launch later this year, we'll be mining every detail about its story, factions, characters, locations, systems, and spaceships. Here's everything we know so far about Starfield.