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How to Wait and Pass Time in Starfield

Seren Morgan-Roberts

This page offers a guide on how to quickly and easily pass time in Starfield. Passing time and waiting has been a staple in all Bethesda Studio Games and sometimes players want or need to change the time for various different reasons.

How to Wait in Starfield

Unlike in previous games, waiting is a tiny bit more involved than just pressing a button. Instead, you’ll first need to find a surface that you can sit on. Luckily, this can include seats in your ship, benches, chairs in settlement buildings etc., so you shouldn’t have too much of an issue finding somewhere to sit.

When you’ve found an appropriate sitting location, all you’ll need to do is either press Xbox-ButtonY on the controller or “B” on the keyboard. Then it’ll open up a Wait slider in which you can choose how long to wait for. You can also see what time it’ll be when you stop waiting, and it gives you universal time and local!

(1 of 2) Find any suitable chair or bench and you can wait in it

Find any suitable chair or bench and you can wait in it (left), and you can then wait for a customizable amount of time. (right)

How to Sleep in Starfield

Sleeping is really easy and accessible in Starfield. All you need to do is head over to your spaceship and make your way to one of the beds. In the Frontier spaceship (the first ship you’ll own) they’re in the middle of the ship, between the entryway and the cockpit. Interact with it and you can sleep for any number of hours. As with the Waiting mechanic, you’ll be able to see what time your character will wake up so you can plan how long you sleep for. Easy!

Sleeping and waiting are essential mechanics but careful with over doing it if you’ve got the "Dream Home" iconDream Home or "Kid Stuff" iconKid Stuff traits that involve making weekly credit payments!

(1 of 2) You can find a bed in your spaceship

You can find a bed in your spaceship (left), and can use it to pass time similarly to waiting. (right)

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  • Platforms,
    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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