Starfield Stuck at Unpacking: How to Fix


Starfield Stuck at Unpacking: How to Fix

Abhimannu Das
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If your Starfield is stuck in the unpacking process, here is a trick that can speed up the process.
If you do not have a fast storage device, the process will take a lot of time so you might want to relocate the game to a faster device if possible.

A lot of players are stuck unpacking Starfield’s PC version following its launch on the Steam and Xbox app. The issue is caused due to slow storage devices in some cases but if you have a fast storage device like an SSD or an NVMe/M.2 SSD, there is a trick that allows you to unpack the game faster. If your Starfield is stuck at unpacking, here’s what you should do.

How to Make Starfield Unpack Files on Steam/Xbox App faster

This tip was posted by Reddit user Hijacks and it helped during our installation of the game. It can help with not just Starfield but also other games that are slow to unpack.

  1. Go into Device Manager

  2. Go to Disk Drives

  3. Select the SSD that you're installing Starfield on

  4. Go to Properties

  5. Go to the policies tab and click on 'Enable write caching on the device'. Then disable it once done installing. This works for all Steam and Xbox games that download/unpack slowly.

You should also close all other background processes when you do this to ensure your PC allocates all available resources to the unpacking process. 

What to expect from Starfield

The game is set in the 24th century, where humanity has colonized multiple star systems. The player takes on the role of a space explorer who can create their own character and choose their own destiny. They can explore a vast universe, complete missions, and build their own starship.

Starfield is the first new intellectual property developed by Bethesda in over 25 years. It is being built on the new Creation Engine 2, which will allow for a more detailed and immersive experience. The game is also expected to have a large number of planets to explore, with only a fraction of them containing life.

The game was released for Premium Edition owners last week and the Standard Edition became accessible earlier today. The game has very positive reviews with several outlets giving it 9/10 and 10/10. There are some complaints regarding PC performance but the feedback regarding the core gameplay is quite positive.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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