Many are wondering if there is a Starfield demo available to provide a taste of what’s on offer before having to pay premium AAA prices. In this article, we discuss the existence of a Starfield demo, and the unique opportunities offered by XBox Game Pass.
Is there a Starfield Demo?
Currently, there is no demo for Starfield. Given Bethesda’s history of game releases over the past five years, there is no precedent to suggest that they will offer players a demo to sample before purchasing.
Major titles such as Fallout 76, Rage 2, DOOM Eternal, and Redfall were all introduced to the gaming world without playable demos. Bethesda tends to rely on trailers, promotional materials, and word-of-mouth to generate excitement and anticipation for their games. For example, many content creators were given early access to Starfield to then review the game or create videos on YouTube in the weeks before its release. You can check out our Starfield review below!
Game Pass Access for Starfield
Bethesda introduced a new avenue for eager players to experience the game on its release day due to its new partnership with Microsoft as a subsidiary. The game launched on Game Pass for PC and Xbox on September 6, 2023. This was a significant move, as it made Starfield available to Game Pass subscribers on the release date.
For subscribers of Xbox Game Pass, this meant immediate access to Starfield as part of their subscription package. It allowed them to dive into the game’s universe without any additional cost, making it a highly attractive proposition for those already subscribed to Game Pass to pick up this game for free.
Don’t worry for those of us who missed this day 1 offering there is still something you can do to experience Starfield for a fraction of the full price.
Premium Upgrade Option
While a Starfield demo may not be in the cards, players who have an active Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription can take advantage of an alternative option. Bethesda offered a Premium Upgrade for Starfield, priced at $34.99, which could only be purchased through the Xbox Store.
By acquiring the Premium Upgrade, players gained access to all the bonuses included in the Premium Edition of the game. While the window for early access to Starfield may have passed, those who purchase the upgrade can enjoy premium content and the full features of the base game.
It’s important to note that if you decide to cancel your Xbox Game Pass subscription, you will temporarily lose access to the Premium content. However, you can regain access by re-subscribing to Game Pass.
As the game’s universe beckons with the promise of interstellar adventure, players have several avenues to explore it, with or without a traditional demo. To stay up to date with all things Starfield be sure to check out our website for all the latest news, tips, tricks, and builds for Starfield.