Starfield Preload & Unlock Times Explained

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Starfield is one of, if not the most highly anticipated video game releases of 2023, and it’s finally upon us. If you’re looking to get the game digitally, here’s everything you need to know about Starfield’s preload and unlock times.

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When Can You Start Preloading Starfield?

Starfield will be available on Xbox, Windows 10, and Steam, and it’s worth noting that the preload dates and times are different depending on which platform you’re playing on.

If you’re on Xbox or Windows 10, you’ll be able to start preloading Starfield on Aug. 17. On the other hand, if you’re planning on getting the game on Steam instead, you’ll only be able to start preloading on Aug. 30. Ultimately, this isn’t really that big of a deal, as the game only officially releases on Sept. 6, so even if you’re getting the game on Steam, you’ll still have plenty of time to get the preload going before launch day.

Keep in mind, though, that Starfield’s early access begins on Sept. 1, so if you are planning on picking up the Premium Edition and hopping in early, you’ll want to get your preloading done as soon as your preferred platform allows you to.

Starfield Download and Install Size

Finally, it’s also worth noting that Starfield will weigh in at around 125GB on both PC and Xbox. With that in mind, you’ll definitely want to preload the game if you’re planning on jumping in right when it launches at midnight on Sept. 6.

What Time Does Starfield Release?

For folks who pre-ordered the Premium Edition of the game, you’ll be able to start playing early on Aug. 31. Here are the release timings for all major timezones:

  • Aug. 31, 8 p.m. ET
  • Aug. 31, 5 p.m. PT
  • Sept. 1, 1 a.m. BST
  • Sept. 1, 8 a.m. CST
  • Sept. 1, 9 a.m. JST
  • Sept. 1, 10 a.m. AEST

That’s all you need to know about Starfield’s preload and unlock times on PC and Xbox. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and information on the game.

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Zhiqing is the Reviews Editor for Twinfinite, and a History graduate from Singapore. She's been in the games media industry for nine years, trawling through showfloors, conferences, and spending a ridiculous amount of time making in-depth spreadsheets for min-max-y RPGs. When she's not singing the praises of Amazon's Kindle as the greatest technological invention of the past two decades, you can probably find her in a FromSoft rabbit hole.