Like other Bethesda games such as Skyrim and Fallout 4, Starfield is very mod-friendly and there are already hundreds of mods available to install right now. As the months and years progress, we will likely see tens of thousands of Starfield mods changing all aspects of the game. This can make it incredibly difficult to figure out which ones are worth your time and which you should avoid. If you’re looking at the endless amounts of mods on offer, we have you covered. Here are the best Starfield mods you need to install right now.
Replacing FSR2 With DLSS
DLSS and FSR are two of the most important tools in modern gaming. By utilizing these features, the game can use a lower-resolution image and then upscale it to a higher resolution while maintaining most of the performance of the original image, resulting in a much higher frame rate. It has almost become mandatory to use in games these days as without it even the most high-end graphic cards can bend to the will of what developers are able to achieve, especially at 1440p and 4K.
Bethesda only included AMD’s FSR technology, which works best when using AMD GPUs. This has left Nvidia users struggling to maximize the potential of what their GPUs are capable of resulting in lower frame rates and weaker overall performance. This mod adds DLSS into Starfield, allowing Nvidia users to increase their performance more than when using FSR, making it an essential mod to install if you own an Nvidia RTX 2000 or above GPU.
Many of us are achievement hunters, racking up Gamerscore and hearing the satisfying unlock sounds. Unfortunately, if you’re a fellow modder then Bethesda will penalize you and block achievements from unlocking in the game. Considering many of the mods included in this article improve the quality of the game a lot, this is definitely one that you want to have installed too so you can collect achievements while having the best playing experience doing so.
An FOV slider is common in many video games including Call of Duty, Forza, and many other titles, it is also a heavily requested feature for any new release. It is surprising that Bethesda didn’t include the option to change the FOV in the game. Thankfully, modders have taken care of that and given players the ability to do so. Some of the mods edit a file to change the FOV, but we chose this one because it has ready-made presets that you can easily drag and drop into Starfield’s directory.
There is nothing worse than starting a game and having to sit through multiple unskippable videos before reaching the main menu. Starfield is a culprit of this and while 10-20 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot of time, if you boot the game dozens or even hundreds of times it soon adds up. This mod takes care of that by removing the intro videos and taking you directly to the main menu.
Like Fallout 4, the enemies in Starfield are bullet sponges. This means that it can take an obnoxious amount of ammo to take out an enemy. Even basic grunt enemies that should be killed in a couple of shots can take a long time and a lot of ammo to take out. This mod solves this by increasing the damage output and lowering the amount of health per level that NPCs have. There are also numerous variations of the mod so you can tweak the amount of health per level enemies gain, ranging from 0 to 20.
The Digipick acts as the lockpick in Starfield, and like other Bethesda games such as Skyrim, it requires a mini-game to complete and open the lock. In Starfield, this Digipick mini-game can be frustrating to figure out and if the puzzle is particularly difficult it can break immersion and take you out of the experience. If you don’t want to spend time figuring out these puzzles, this mod removes them completely. You will still need to perk to unlock different levels of the Digipick locks, but a console command can easily add the perk to your character.
This one is a very minor fix but is one that will make fans of the PlayStation DualSense controller happy. While you can’t play Starfield on your PS5, you can at least use its controller to play the game on PC. Annoyingly, Starfield doesn’t take the input device into consideration and only displays the Xbox controller’s A/B/X/Y inputs. This is only a minor issue and it makes sense as the game is an Xbox exclusive, and Sony’s exclusives such as Final Fantasy 7 Remake typically don’t display Xbox inputs. If you use a DualSense controller, then this will be a good mod to install.
Starfield is an incredibly beautiful game, but what about if it could look even better? This is where reshade mods come in as they often improve the overall visual quality of the game by removing unnecessary filters and tweaking the overall visual quality. So far, Quantum Reshade is the best-looking reshade mod for Starfield available right now and one that is worth installing to make Starfield look even better than it already does.