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Starfield: Which Edition to Buy?



If you decide to buy Starfield, you’ll want to choose the right edition for your interest level and budget.

Starfield hit the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC on September 6th. Remember, Starfield is exclusive to these platforms and it won’t be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch.

There are several Starfield editions to choose from. There’s a Standard edition, there’s a Premium edition (as well as a Premium edition upgrade), and there’s a collector’s bundle dubbed the Constellation edition.

If you decide to buy a copy, you’ll want to do your homework so you don’t wind up with buyers remorse.

Each edition has its pros and cons and today we want to guide you through each one and tell you about the key differences between a physical and digital copy of the game.

Starfield Standard Edition

The Starfield Standard edition is the most basic version of the game. For $69.99, you get a copy of the game.

Who should buy the standard Starfield standard edition?

  • Those who plan to play Starfield casually.
  • Those who don’t care about DLC right now.
  • Those who don’t need bonus items.

You can buy the Starfield standard edition right now at various retailers including Amazon.

Starfield Premium Edition

For those that want a little more from their order, there’s the Starfield Premium edition. It’s a $99.99 bundle and it comes with a bunch of extras.

Here’s what comes with the Starfield Premium edition:

  • Starfield base game
  • Shattered Space Story Expansion (upon release)
  • Constellation Skin Pack
  • Access to Starfield Digital Artbook & Original Soundtrack

So who should opt for Starfield Premium edition?

  • Those who plan to invest a lot of time in Starfield.

You can buy the Premium edition right now at various retailers including Amazon.

If you buy the Standard edition, but decide you want the Premium edition, retailers are offering an upgrade for $34.99. This upgrade comes with the content from the Premium edition, but if you order a physical copy of the game, you’ll also get the following items:

  • Steelbook Display Case (when purchased from participating retail stores)
  • Constellation Patch (when purchased from participating retail stores)

You won’t get these items if you buy the digital version of the Premium edition upgrade.

Starfield Constellation Edition

Bethesda also has the Constellation edition, a collector’s bundle aimed at rabid fans of Starfield/Bethesda games. It’s extremely expensive, $299.99, but it comes with a very unique item.

Here’s what you get from the Constellation edition:

  • Starfield base game
  • Shattered Space Story Expansion (upon release)
  • Constellation Skin Pack
  • Access to Starfield Digital Artbook & Original Soundtrack
  • Steelbook Display Case
  • Constellation Patch
  • Credit Stick with Laser-Etched Game Code
  • Starfield Chronomark Watch & Case

The Starfield Chronomark watch LPV6 is an item your character gets in the game and Bethesda’s brought it into the real world with this bundle.

Before you order, note that while the watch will connect to your phone, the device does not transmit phone calls, does not support cellular service, and is not a touch screen device.

This is a bundle aimed at hardcore collectors and fans and should only be bought by enthusiasts. Most people should buy the standard or Premium edition.

Starfield: Digital vs. Physical

Like most games, Starfield comes in physical and digital formats. Here are a few things to consider before you pick one or the other.

If you’re sick of discs cluttering up your house, buy a digital version. You’ll also want to go digital if discs often go missing or get damaged in your home.

If you play a lot of different games, and you don’t want to pull the disc out every time you want to play, go with a digital copy. Downloading a digital copy means you’ll have easy access to the game every time you start up your console.

There are also a few reasons to go with a physical copy of Starfield.

If you purchase a physical copy you’ll be able to sell it to GameStop or put it on sale on a site like Craigslist or eBay if you get tired of playing it.

You’ll also be able to lend your copy out to friends or family members when you decide to move onto another game.

20 Starfield Mods We Want for Xbox

Enhanced Player Heath Bar

Enhanced Player Heath Bar

Let's start with a Starfield mod that's extremely basic, but has a huge impact on gameplay.

Enhanced Player Heath Bar is a popular Starfield mod for PC that simply changes the player's health bar color when health reaches 75%, 50% and 25%.

At 75% health your player's health bar will change to yellow. At 50%, it changes to orange. And if you're at 25% and close to dying, it will of course change to red. 

It's simple, but it's extremely nice at a glance, especially when you're in a particularly tough fight with Terrormorphs or a group of mercs. 

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