Starfield doesn’t have an entire lot of in-game choices to mess with, however that doesn’t imply you possibly can’t tweak the sport to be a bit extra immersive. After enjoying quite a few hours, I’ve found a couple of methods to make that huge ‘ol galaxy really feel a bit extra spacious and aid you really feel like the sport’s simulated worlds are rather less on rails.
Observe that these settings are for the extra die-hard role-player. In the event you’re simply seeking to have a breezier, much less complicated time, the sport’s default settings are probably greatest for you. Additionally, there are some downsides to enjoying the sport this fashion, so I’ll point out a couple of concerns to ponder alongside every rec.
Starfield Immersive Setting One: Kill floating markers
Look, I’m positive that 300 years sooner or later will see exceptional developments in augmented actuality visualizations. Bethesda went above and past with packing in a ton of element into this sci-fi epic. The sport gives a beautiful visible tapestry of science fiction to absorb, starting from ultra-detailed airlock mechanisms to detailed laptop screens, keyboards, even simply switches and buttons. Like Alien: Isolation, a great chunk of the enjoyment of Starfield is discovered merely soaking in its artwork course. It’s world class.
And what makes that every one tougher to concentrate to? When a foolish blue hexagon floats in your imaginative and prescient principally saying to the participant “go right here, then go right here, then go right here.” Ignore that factor. Cease and take within the vistas! Depend on metropolis and ship signage to get the place you’re going. Heading to the Freestar Collective Embassy by searching for the road indicators and the precise constructing itself implies that you’re navigating the world by really trying on the world, as an alternative of simply following a dot. You may disable floating markers in Settings > Interface.
There’s a giant catch right here. With out that floating marker, sure quest targets is perhaps onerous to search out. Apart from counting on the surroundings itself to search out your method, you possibly can at all times open up your scanner to see a set of arrows pointing you in the proper course. Nonetheless, these arrows aren’t at all times correct (they’ve despatched me to the mistaken place earlier than), and generally they only don’t present up for no matter motive.
The course of the target, additionally, will at all times seem in your HUD radar, so a minimum of you’ll get a way of which normal course you’re purported to go.
Starfield Immersive Setting Two: Kill the crosshair
I do that in each Bethesda sport: I can’t stand having that little dot there proper within the heart of my imaginative and prescient 24/7/365. Once more, possibly sooner or later all of us have crosshairs in our ocular implants or no matter, however I discover it woefully distracting. Eradicating it additionally makes needing to aim-down-sights in your weapons extra essentia. You may kill the omnipresent crosshair in Settings > Interface.
However as with killing the floating markers, there are a couple of concerns right here. To begin, selecting up small objects can generally be somewhat tough with no dot to heart on it. Additionally, for those who like enjoying in third-person (it’s fairly cool on this sport), you received’t have any crosshair. As somebody who switches commonly between first and third-person, I occur to search out the problem of aiming my pictures with no crosshair extra intense, thus making firefights extra heated. You may activate your scanner to function a short lived crosshair to select up smaller objects, nevertheless.
Starfield Immersive Setting Three: Shut the music off
Even for those who do discover some attraction in Starfield’s soundtrack, shutting the music removes a form of narrative cushion that allows you to know you’re enjoying a sport with a set story. The consequence? What you hear is completely within the right here and now. You may zero the soundtrack Settings > Audio.
Listening to simply the bustle of a metropolis, the howl of a barren, windswept planet, the decision of alien creatures as you method, the violent echoes of gunshots and explosions…all of that is centered once you kill the music.
And don’t fear, the diegetic music your character hears when selecting up an artifact will nonetheless play simply fantastic.
Starfield Immersive Setting 4: Kill Movie Grain Depth (Perhaps)
You already know what doesn’t exist in actuality? Movie grain. Look, as a lover of movement blur, movie grain, and the thrill of chromatic aberration, this one hurts me somewhat bit. However like killing the soundtrack, eradicating movie grain (which you are able to do on PC and Xbox), makes for a clearer picture and actually makes the evening sky pop. You may flip off movie grain in Settings > Show.
Nonetheless, with FSR 2 enabled, sure visible components (constructing indicators particularly) exhibit a form of funkiness that I generally discover movie grain helps make much less apparent. Good factor movie grain is a slider right here, not a toggle.
Except it’s a necessity: Flip off dialogue subtitles
This one could also be non-negotiable for you, which if that’s the case, that’s completely legitimate. However Starfield defaults to operating subtitles throughout dialogue, which for somebody like me, means I simply find yourself studying it as an alternative of what’s happening on the display screen. By eradicating this selection, all it’s a must to soak up the dialogue are your ears.
Once more, for accessibility causes (which Starfield is inexcusably missing in), this is perhaps a necessary characteristic. However for those who can go with out it, I like to recommend contemplating it. You’ll discover the subtitle choices in Settings > Accessibility.
Different immersion solutions
Starfield has a couple of different choices to think about turning off, or leaving off. One such because the “Present Merchandise Data in HUD” within the Interface choices. By killing this, you received’t get the large merchandise card that tells you each attainable element a couple of piece of drugs. As an alternative, you’ll see a smaller immediate that simply lists the merchandise’s title, worth, and weight.
Additionally, it’s best to in all probability go away injury numbers off and possibly, for those who’re feeling actually courageous, kill all the HUD by means of setting the opacity to zero.
And for those who’re enjoying in third particular person, know you can cover your armor whereas in settlements by going to your at present outfitted armor in your stock and urgent RB (T on keyboard). You may also select to cover your helmet in breathable environments by going to your outfitted helmet in your stock and hitting RB (T on keyboard). Observe that for those who’re sporting a go well with with a set helmet, you possibly can’t choose this final choice.
Mods may also help, too
Although it’s nonetheless very early days—Starfield received’t be getting its official mod creation toolkit till subsequent 12 months—this can be a Bethesda sport, so the group is already popping off with lots of upon lots of of fan-made modifications that may alter your expertise. (At the moment, consumer mods are solely supported on Home windows. Sorry, Xbox peeps.)
A rising variety of mods try to make the sport extra “immersive” or “practical,” and might usually go rather a lot additional than the vanilla sport alone enables you to. A small number of early such choices consists of…
- Silent Sounds – Immersive Gameplay removes numerous little sound results and fanfares, equivalent to once you degree up.
- Immersive Injury rebalances fight so enemies on increased difficulties are not bullet sponges. There are a bunch of mods that try this, every with totally different execs and cons. (With out official modding instruments, creators are considerably restricted in what values they will tweak.)
- Enhanced Dialogue Interface enables you to type the dialog UI in varied methods, a few of which look extra subdued than the default look.
- Immersive Shell Casings lets 1000’s of spent bullet casings spill all around the ground and stick round for fairly some time. Protracted firefights can result in fairly a large number.
- Isn’t it bizarre how your character climbs up onto ledges on the velocity of sunshine? Immersive Mantle Animation Pace makes them gradual their roll.
- There are a variety of HUD-tweaking mods too. Immersive Fight HUD, for instance, tries to take away every thing that’s not strictly important. Different mods tone down or utterly take away these very outstanding “hit markers” that flash up once you land pictures.
That’s only a style. In the event you’re enjoying on PC and need to improve your Starfield expertise additional, modding comes extremely really helpful.
Starfield is an engrossing sport that would profit from providing the participant a couple of extra choices. Nonetheless, you possibly can tweak the choices it does embrace to dial down the “gamey” components of the visible presentation for a extra immersive expertise.