The latest Starfield PC requirements have caused more than a little concern among fans, with many fearing that they may not be able to play the game as intended.
To catch you up, Bethesda has recently published Starfields System requirements on Steam. As expected, you need a serious PC to run the game at the best settings. However, that in itself is not surprising. What is, is it Starfield looks to be the first PC game to require an SSD, not just hard drive space.
This has, understandably, caused some concern among fans who did not expect this particular requirement. While the game will technically run well enough without an SSD, it’s likely you’ll be faced with some long loading screens and a myriad of other issues. In other words, it is definitely not advisable to try to play Starfield without one.
“I think loading times would be the least of your worries if you’re trying to run this game from a hard drive. It’s most likely going to be a horrible stuttering mess due to the sheer amount of data that has to be loaded on the fly while traversing the game world,” one Reddit user observes on the Starfield subreddit. “Hard drives just aren’t fast enough to handle the amount of data modern games use.”
Another adds: “Sorry man, that will probably be a true requirement and an HDD will be a bad time.”
Given that an SSD is listed under minimum specifications for Starfield we’d be surprised if the game’s performance was anything other than near-okay on an HDD, but we’ll have to wait and see. For now, PC gamers without might start thinking about investing in an upgrade.