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Starfield Releases New Update For May 2024 With Several Upgrades

Bethesda Softworks has released a new major update for Starfield this month, as they improve parts of the game and look ahead.

Article Summary

  • May 2024 brings major Starfield update for enhanced gameplay and customization.
  • New surface maps and fast-travel points improve navigation and exploration.
  • Xbox Series X gains display options prioritizing visuals or performance.
  • Introducing New Game Plus for character trait respec and appearance changes.

Bethesda Softworks has released a new major update for Starfield this month, simply being referred to as the May Update, with a number of new upgrades. The focus of this update is improvements on systems already in the game, as they have now provided detailed surface maps, a few new gameplay difficulty options, the ability to have some additional flexibility for ship customization, new Display Settings for players on Xbox Series X, and a few other updates. We have the dev notes below and a video above as they look to continuing to improve the experience.

Bethesda Softworks Revealed So Much Content On The Starfield Direct
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Starfield – May Update

  • Updated Surface Maps: Surface maps are improved and replace surface dots with terrain markings. These markings combined with visual points of interest on the map makes navigation and pinpointing locations much easier.  Additionally, new markers have been added in the major cities to show the locations of vendors and each of these markers acts as a fast travel point. Players can immediately warp to these destinations from their Scanner or the surface map.
  • New Gameplay Options: The new update also gives players more freedom and flexibility to customize their gameplay experience. Players can now adjust vendor credits and carry capacity or access ship cargo from anywhere through the player inventory. For players looking to finetune the difficulty, new survival features are added like adjusting the effects of food and environmental hazards as well as new combat settings to make space combat harder and run-and-gun combat easier, for example. Finally, there's a new Extreme difficulty above Very Hard.  These settings can be tuned to focus on the style of gameplay players enjoy the most.
  • New Ship Interior Customization Tools: In Starfield, the player ship is home. The May Update expands interior customization available to ships. There are also new completely empty hab modules to decorate from scratch, allowing players to further customize their ship's layout with more openings available for doorways.
  • Xbox Series X Display Settings: Xbox Series X players can now choose between prioritizing visual quality or performance. For each of these, a Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Display running at 120hz or above is highly recommended.
    • Fame Rate Target: Players can now choose between 30, 40, 60 or an Uncapped frame rate on VRR displays. Players without a VRR display running at least 120hz will still be able to select from 30 or 60. Screen tearing may occur at times when selecting 60 on a non-VRR display.
    • Prioritize: Players can now prioritize between Visuals and Performance while trying to maintain the frame rate target. Performance mode is suggested if choosing a frame rate target of 60 or above. Prioritizing Visuals keeps the highest resolution while maintaining full detail for special effects, lighting, and crowds. Prioritizing Performance lowers internal resolution and detail for special effects, lighting, and crowds. Both modes may adjust internal resolution dynamically when scenes or action get heavier as well.
    • VSync: Players can now toggle between VSync off or on. Choosing off will separate the game frames from the monitor's refresh rate and may result in screen tearing. Toggling On will synchronize the frame rate to the monitor's refresh rate avoiding screen tearing but limiting number of frames.
  • New Game Plus Trait Respeccing: Replayability is huge in Bethesda Game Studios games, and in Starfield the universe expands even more with New Game Plus. Now, after players enter the Unity, they will have the option to change both their appearance and Traits. This gives players the opportunity to continue refining their characters visually, and experiment with different playstyles after every play-through.
  • Quality of Life Improvements: In addition to the major features in this May Update, there are also numerous quality-of-life improvements like the ability to toggle the dialogue camera off so players can watch scenes play out from their chosen perspective. There are also new tabs in the Container and Barter menus, making it easier to see where you're navigating to when quickly cycling through the menus.

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