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How much storage does Starfield need?

Starfield Title Artwork
Starfield devours storage. Have you got enough?

The must-have game of 2023 is Starfield, Bethesda’s latest role-playing release. The game, described by Bethesda’s director, Todd Howard, as “Skyrim in space” is an exciting open-world gameplay environment and, like all gaming experiences on a Windows PC, hardware is everything. However, Starfield’s system requirements demand something that most gamers ignore. If you’re planning an interstellar adventure, check that you have enough storage for Starfield.

Starfield Grav Jump screenshot

How much storage do I need for Starfield?

According to Bethesda, Starfield needs 125GB of SSD space. Modern machines will often ship with a 500GB or 1TB SSD drive, but if your PC is a few years older, your drive capacity may be much less.

What are the system requirements for Starfield?

According to Bethesda, the requirements for Starfield are:

 Minimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
OSWindows 10 version 21H1Windows 10/11
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 2600x
Intel i7-6800k
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Intel i5-10600k
GraphicsAMD Radeon 5700
NVIDIA GeForce 1070Ti
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
DirectXVersion 12Version 12
NotesSSD RequiredSSD Required

From a hardware perspective, Starfield’s system requirements are reasonably modest. The processor and graphics cards listed are several generations old, so hitting acceptable levels of playability shouldn’t be too much trouble for most gaming rigs.

Older PCs running only 8GB of RAM will need an upgrade, but the devil in Bethesda’s detail is the storage requirements. 125GB is on a par with Microsoft Flight Simulator, so clearly Starfield is pulling vast amounts of data from the PC to keep the gameplay slick and vibrant. It’s vital to check that you have enough storage for Starfield as many machines built at the time the recommended CPUs and GPUs were current, had much smaller SSDs.

A few years ago, solid-state storage was more expensive, so it wasn’t uncommon for machines to be built with a small 128GB SSD boot drive and a 1TB S-SATA ‘spinny’ drive as the storage repository. If this is sounding eerily familiar, then investigate before you try to take to the skies.

Starfield Temple screenshot

Do I need an SSD to run Starfield?

Having enough storage for Starfield may not be enough, as Bethesda specifically requires an SSD to maximise performance. Many games recommend SSD storage, but running a Steam library off a capacious SATA drive isn’t usually a problem. Bethesda’s specific requirement for SSD storage is to ensure that the speed of data delivery throughout your PC is maximised.

Thankfully, Starfield’s requirement are for any type of SSD. If your machine cannot accommodate an NVMe M.2 SSD then a SATA version will suffice. If you want some help with SSD upgrades for your PC, we have guides to help. Check out our tips on choosing the best SSD upgrade for your PC and cloning your existing system to a new SSD.

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Lee Grant

I can normally be found attacking things with screwdrivers in my small computer repair business or writing a column for PC Pro magazine.

I am also trying to solve a mystery involving David Bowie.

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