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How To Play Starfield Early Access Via Gamepass

Craig Robinson

Starfield is coming to Game Pass, yet players who use their regular subscription must wait until the game’s full release date and time to get their hands on the title. However, there is a little trick you can do to play the Starfield Early Access, but it will cost you an upfront cost of 35 Dollars, Euro, Sterling, or other regional currency. Here’s a look at how to do just that.

Here is how to get your hands on Starfield's Early Access launch via Xbox Gamepass. Image via Bethesda.

Starfield Early Access on Gamepass

If you want to play Starfield early, but you don’t want to fork out the $99.99 price to play the game a few days early (who can blame you in this economy) there is a Gamepass trick available. If you are already a Gamepass Subscriber, you can get access to Starfield on September 5th /6th, depending on your timezone. Yet, if you want to play it on August 31 or September, depending on the Time Zone, then you can buy the Starfield Premium Edition Upgrade, and play the game as the Starfield Early Access Release Times go live across the world.

The Starfield Premium Edition Upgrade is considered a DLC for the game, and as long as you own it, you get access to the Starfield Premium Edition bonuses in-game. You do not need to own the base version of the game either. All you need is access to the game via Gamepass. So, if you purchase the premium edition upgrade, you will get all the benefits of the purchase, which is mainly cosmetics. However, it means you get the five-day early access as well.

This tactic was confirmed via the Bethesda forums, where they updated their FAQ with this option. It means players can spend £/$ 34.99 rather than the 99.99, which is a huge saving, on top of their usual Gamepass fee. Of course, if this is going to be a generational game like Skyrim, where you sit and play it for many years, it’s likely more financially viable to purchase it outright if you can. Yet, if you don’t want to do that, this method is very cost-effective and will keep you more than entertained through September.

Check out the Starfield System Requirements if you’re on PC and ensure you can run it. You don’t want to spend that money on a game you can’t run, especially since DLC and subscriptions are not refundable.


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    PC, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action Adventure, Action RPG, Shooter
  • Guide Release
    30 August 2023
  • Last Updated
    30 September 2023
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Starfield is an action role-playing game from Bethesda Game Studios set in a futuristic interpretation of space exploration and colonization. Earth has long been abandoned, but there are plenty of other planets in different star systems where humans have ventured and settled. You have the freedom to create your own character with a unique background, but the main story will take you through a series of adventures as you uncover more information about mysterious artifacts which create gravitational anomalies. Along the way, you can build and customize your own space ship, establish your own outpost, befriend and romance new companions, and more. As a Bethesda game, you can also expect to see a lot of creative mods which have the potential to change your experience of the base game, or take it in an entirely new direction.

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