Todd Howard fires back over Starfield optimization: “Upgrade your PC”

In a recent interview, Todd Howard from Bethesda responded to criticism that Starfield allegedly wasn’t optimized for PC.

Ed Ludlow from Bloomberg Technology fielded questions from their audience and kicked things off with a big one: “Why did you not optimize this game for PC?”

Howard’s response? “Upgrade your PC…”

Of course the full response is a little more nuanced than that as Starfield is a “next-gen” game designed to make full use of the Xbox Series X/S hardware.

“Uh, we did. It’s running great. It is a next gen PC game. We really do push the technology so you may really need to upgrade your PC for this game. But, it’s got a lot of great stuff going on in it and the fans are responding. Awesome.”

You can check out the full interview here.

Starfield released in full on September 6 and is credited with increasing sales of the Xbox Series X by 1000%. Fans have also already set to work modding the game, adding Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Cage into it just for the memes.

The game is available now on PC (via Steam) and Xbox Series X. Users in the United Arab Emirates will seemingly have to wait for a censored version due to the game’s LGBT+ themes.

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