Bethesda’s sci-fi RPG was released on September 6 for Xbox Series X/S, PC via Windows and Steam, and Game Pass, but players who pre-ordered its Premium Edition or Constellation Edition were able to start playing five days earlier.
The following week, ended September 9, was also the second best of the year for Xbox Series X/S sales in the UK, according to GfK.
The upturn follows a slow year for UK Xbox hardware sales, which were down almost 23% year-to-date as of the end of August.
Starfield also appears to have broken Microsoft‘s record for the biggest launch day for an Xbox Game Studios title.
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Over six million people played the game by the end of its first official day of release, including more than one million concurrent players, according to the platform holder.
VGC’s Starfield review called it “the ultimate Bethesda game”, saying it “takes what people loved about Fallout and Skyrim and casts it across an enormous galaxy”.