Starfield release time countdown - When does the game release?

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A screenshot from the Starfield gameplay trailer.
Credit: Bethesda Game Studios
September 5, 2023: Starfield is set for its full public launch on September 6! Find out what the release time is in your part of the world!

Players are close to getting their hands on the massive upcoming action role-playing game, Starfield. With its launch date nearing, we've prepared a Starfield release time countdown to help you keep track of when you can access it.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Starfield is set in the Settled Systems, an extension of our Solar system. During the year 2310, the two largest factions in the game, the United Colonies and Freestar Collective, engaged in a conflict called the Colony War. There's a lot to unravel from this premise so keep in mind of the release times so you can get on the game yourself to experience it.

You can also check out our other Starfield guides such as how to defeat pirates and how to choose dialogue options.

Starfield release time countdown

A screenshot from the Starfield gameplay trailer.
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Credit: Bethesda Game Studios

It was previously confirmed by Bethesda that people who pre-ordered Starfield would be able to access the game starting on September 1, 2023. This included early access provided by the Xbox Game Pass.

Starfield release time countdown


During this time, early-access players were also able to access additional content of the game such as a story expansion pack, skins, a digital artbook, and even a companion soundtrack.

Official launch release times

For those getting the standard edition of Starfield or not availing the Xbox Game Pass, they can access the game around September 5 to 6 depending on the region you reside in. Here's a list of release times for the official launch of the game.

  • Los Angeles (PDT) – September 5, 2023 at 5:00 PM
  • Ciudad De Mexico (CST) – September 5, 2023 at 6:00 PM
  • Chicago (PDT) – September 5, 2023 at 7:00 PM
  • New York (EDT) – September 5, 2023 at 8:00 PM
  • Sao Paolo (BRT) – September 5, 2023 at 9:00 PM
  • London (CEST) – September 6, 2023 at 1:00 AM
  • Paris (CEST) – September 6, 2023 at 2:00 AM
  • Berlin (CEST) – September 6, 2023 at 5:30 AM
  • India (IST) – September 6, 2023 at 9:00 AM
  • Japan (JST) – September 6, 2023 at 10:00 AM
  • Sydney (AEST) – September 6, 2023 at 12:00 PM
  • Auckland (NZST) – September 6, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Can you pre-load Starfield?

In terms of pre-loading Starfield, Microsoft and Bethesda confirmed that Starfield will be available for preload on Xbox Series X/S starting August 17. It has an install size of 126.1 GB.


For PC players of Starfield, the game could only be preloaded through the Xbox website or on Steam from August 30. The Xbox listing of Starfield has a 140 GB download while for Steam, it indicates a 125 GB download.

With that you're well-equipped with the information you need on the Starfield release time countdown and its preload. For more content on the game, feel free to browse through our Starfield download size guide.

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