Starfield is all about carving your own path through its universe. The game lets you join multiple factions, roleplay many walks of life, and feel the liberation of being a space explorer. For a game which so heavily centers around personal freedom, one would think Bethesda made sure it was accessible to as many people as possible. This, unfortunately, is not the case. It is such a shame that Starfield lacks the tools and options needed to make the game accessible to all players.

All Starfield Accessibility Options

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As you can see from the image above, Starfield has very limited accessibility options. Subtitles are there to help those with hearing issues. The ability to Toggle Ironsights (instead of holding the button to keep them active) will be of aide to players with motor function disabilities. Having the option for Large Menu Fonts is nice too, but this is a setting that can not be changed in game. If you are struggling to read the font and need to make it bigger, you will need to return to the main menu to do so.

Simply put, the Accessibility Options in Starfield are just not enough. This is extremely disappointing coming from Xbox, a brand who is so outspokenly for Accessible Games and has made innovations within its console and accessories to make games more inclusive. The limited option pool is well behind industry standard. There aren’t even options for color blind filters, which has been a staple in many other AAA Games (such as Call of Duty) for over a decade.

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Starfield Needs to be More Accessible

Steve Saylor, a Video Game Accessibility Expert and Advocate put it best. He said “if folks were hoping space would be accessible, it is not”. He also referenced an interview the Kinda Funny XCast had with Todd Howard. In this interview, Howard mentioned that the game would have the option for bigger fonts. What he neglected to mention was that this was effectively the only accessibility option in the game. In his Accessibility Review of Starfield, Saylor brought attention to the fact that several demographics of gamers with various disabilities will be excluded from the delights of playing Starfield, since there are not options to customize the experience to tailor to specific disabilities.

I hate to come off as so negative, as so far I’ve really enjoyed my time with Starfield. It is because I find the game to be such a delight that I really do wish it was more accessible. By excluding would-be members of the Starfield community, we miss the chance to engage with more players and share experiences of the game. Accessibility benefits everybody, even those who are fully abled. Many accessibility options can even help players who are fully abled as well. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, the team at Bethesda can add updates to the game which will include meaningful improvements to accessibility.

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Starfield is available now in Early Access on PC and Xbox Series X|S. The game will launch fully on September 6th for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Game Pass.

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