In an exciting turn of events, Bethesda has officially clarified that its highly anticipated space RPG, Starfield, will come with a physical disc. However, this physical edition will be exclusive to Xbox players, while PC players will receive a game code instead.
The announcement comes after a period of confusion caused by a now-deleted tweet from Bethesda Support that initially stated there would be no physical discs included in any editions of Starfield.
The physical disc was clarified in a blog post on the official Starfield website dated June 11. Bethesda mentioned that the Xbox Standard Edition of Starfield would include a game disc with purchase.
The statement read, “Starfield Standard Edition is included with Xbox Game Pass. Game disc included with physical purchases of Xbox Standard Edition.” This news relieves Xbox fans who prefer a physical copy of the game.
Meanwhile, PC players will still be able to enjoy Starfield, but they will receive a game code rather than a physical disc. This means PC players can still access the game digitally without needing a disc drive. While this might disappoint some PC gamers who prefer physical copies, it aligns with the growing digital distribution trend and its convenience.
Starfield, first announced at E3 in 2018, marks Bethesda’s first new IP  in 25 years which has been eagerly awaited by fans. The recent Xbox Games Showcase 2023 shed further light on the game, revealing exciting details such as an expansive universe with over a thousand of planets to explore, a comprehensive skill tree, and intense space battles, among other features.
As the news of Starfield’s physical disc availability spreads, eager fans can now head to various retail outlets or online platforms to secure their Xbox Standard Edition copy. Amazon and other select retailers are already accepting pre-orders. On the other hand, PC players can look forward to receiving their game code upon purchase.
With the anticipation building, Starfield continues to generate buzz as its release draws closer. As Bethesda’s sci-fi epic Starfield prepares for its launch, including a physical disc for Xbox players adds another layer of excitement for fans who appreciate the tangible aspect of owning a physical copy.
With Starfield’s immersive universe and gameplay features unveiled weeks ago, players will be eagerly awaiting the moment they can insert the disc and embark on their interstellar journey.