Next Starfield Update Makes Maps More Useful, Adds Ship Interior Decoration And More

A new update for Bethesda Game Studio’s latest game Starfield is sort-of live, available on the Steam Beta branch for PC players on Steam, but will be available for the rest of the PC players as well as on Xbox Series soon.

The new update, Update 4, adds a very much requested feature, a more useful surface map. Previously, the map displays outlines of the planet surface to give you that explorer feel when you’re venturing into an unknown planet for the first time. However, that also meant that the surface map is unusable when in towns and cities like New Atlantis. Which means for the most part, players have no map to orient themselves when in towns.

The new update replaces the scanned outlines with satellite images of the area, which should make the built-in map feature more useful. This is one of those design choices the developers experimented with that didn’t prove to be as fun as it sounds.

The update also allows you to decorate the interior of ships in the same manner as how you can with outposts. Rather than just dropping items and manually placing them using the object hold button/key, there should be a proper menu system to clutter your ships with ease.

Plus, there are now empty hab modules in the shipbuilder, uncluttered by default, so you can decorate them your way.

Other new features in the new Starfield update includes the following:

  • New gameplay options- more difficulty customisation (seperate difficulty option for ship and on-foot combat)
  • Tabs in Container menus (Buy, Sell,
  • Change traits and appearance “after entering the Unity”
  • Dialogue camera toggle in settings option (the zoomed-in camera when talking to another person can be toggled off)
  • Display settings for Xbox Series X (Prioritise visuals, Prioritise Performance)
    • Frame Rate Target option (30 FPS, 40 FPS, 60 FPS, uncapped)

The update also includes plenty of bug fixes, as expected. Full patch notes can be found here.

Bethesda Game Studios also has teased that they are working on land vehicles. We’ve previously opined how planetary exploration could’ve benefited with having a mode of transport, like most space games do, so good to see the devs are working on it.

Bethesda games are famously known to have mods that improve the game- and if you’re playing on PC especially on Steam, you get access to most of the good stuff the community has made- but mods can only do so much. And on that front- a beta version of the Creation Kit, Bethesda’s official modding tool, is currently being tested. So official mod support (which should include for consoles just like how Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition handled it) is coming soon.

Starfield is out now on Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam, Microsoft Store). The game is available on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass. Check out our review of the game here.

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