Starfield game director Todd Howard has responded to player complaints about poor PC performance, stating that the game has been optimized but may require PC upgrades to run smoothly. In an interview with Bloomberg Technology, Howard defended the game's performance on PC, explaining that Starfield is a next-gen PC game that pushes technological boundaries.
While the game has received mostly positive reviews on Steam, some players have reported performance issues, including stuttering, screen tearing, and inconsistent frame rates. Despite meeting the recommended specifications, these players are experiencing difficulties with the game.
Despite these reports, Starfield has achieved significant success, with over one million concurrent players across PC, Xbox Series X|S, and cloud streaming. The exact number of players per platform has not been disclosed, but Steam alone recorded a peak of 269,177 players.
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– GamesRadar+: “Starfield director says you may need to upgrade your PC if you're having performance issues”
– Bloomberg Technology interview with Todd Howard
– Steam Community thread on Starfield's PC performance issues
– Steam's Starfield page with user reviews