Bethesda Game Studios’ new space adventure RPG Starfield has only been announced for Xbox Series X|S and PC so far. A lot of people want to play the game on Switch, but that seems very unlikely at the moment. A possible Nintendo next-gen console would perhaps provide an opportunity for a Starfield Switch version.
The release of Starfield Switch sounds absurd at first glance to those in the know, but it would be very useful for those who want to enjoy Bethesda Game Studios’ upcoming space adventure RPG “on-the-go”, and the performance of the game on Steam Deck is quite dewy . This is the studio’s first new IP in a long time, and it’s highly anticipated. Many of the lay people are wondering if the game will be coming to Switch, so here’s everything we know.
Can a Starfield Switch version be made?
Starfield has not been confirmed for Switch. Due to Microsoft’s acquisition, which includes developer Bethesda Game Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks, this RPG would be pretty difficult for anything other than Xbox or PC. Xbox released Ori and the Blind Forest on Switch, and iam8bit released its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, on the platform. However, these were minor titles and didn’t seem to set much of a precedent.
Then there’s also the issue of performance. Starfield has only been announced for Xbox Series X|S and PC, which means its minimum requirements far exceed the Nintendo Switch’s capabilities. There are titles like Control, Hitman, Thymesia, The Medium and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, just to name a few, that will run through the cloud on the Switch, but even a cloud version seems unlikely at the moment.
Bethesda is no stranger to the Switch, with Skyrim, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Fallout Shelter, Quake, Quake 2 and every major Doom game available on the platform. Some of these ports were released on Switch even after the acquisition. However, the differences in size and relative performance seem to make Starfield a unique case, as Starfield only runs at 30 fps even on Xbox Series X and there are performance issues on higher PCs as well.
When would Starfield be released on Switch?
No Starfield Switch release date. As previously mentioned, Microsoft’s acquisition and the difference in performance between the Xbox Series X|S and Switch will likely keep Starfield away from the Nintendo platform for the foreseeable future. However, many things can change, especially with the possibility of a Switch successor.
The game’s description reads: “In this next-generation role-playing game set among the stars, create any character you want and explore with unlimited freedom on an epic journey to solve humanity’s greatest mystery.
Will Starfield come to Nintendo Switch 2?
Hope for a Switch version of Starfield is not entirely lost, as Nintendo has been working on a new console for a long time, which many are calling the Switch 2. This console is said to be much more powerful than the original Switch and will be able to run games that were previously only available on Xbox Series X|S and PC. The Nintendo Switch 2 has yet to be officially announced, but many rumors and leaks suggest that it could arrive in 2024.
If that’s true, maybe Starfield could be on it too, provided Microsoft and Nintendo come to an agreement. Of course, this would not be easy, since Starfield is a very important title for Microsoft, which it probably does not want to share with other platforms. But if the relationship between the two companies is good and both would benefit from it, then maybe there is a chance for a Starfield Switch 2 version. On the other hand, as we mentioned, there has already been a similar collaboration between Microsoft and Nintendo, and since Nintendo, unlike the PlayStation, is not a direct rival of Microsoft, a future similar agreement may be in the cards, while in the case of the Sony PlayStation version, it is quite unrealistic.
Anyway, here’s a remote play gameplay from a PC through the OLED version of the Nintendo Switch, just to see what Starfield could be like on the Switch.