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New Starfield 1.7.33 Patch Notes Include Fix For Freezing, Game Crashes, and Disappearing NPCs

Though brief, the patch notes address a number of issues within the game, and include a fix meant to address the game's habit of randomly freezing and crashing.


Bethesda's epic space adventure is finally here, but like most Bethesda games, Starfield is still a little buggy, even after being patched right after release. Although some of the worst offenders were addressed prior to the game's official launch, there are still plenty bugs in Bethesda's massive new RPG, though not all of them are necessarily a bad thing--in fact, several bugs can be exploited for monetary gain, early access to restricted loot, or the ability to obtain endless resources. Still, some bugs are not so player-friendly, like repeated game crashes--something Bethesda is aiming to fix via the latest 1.7.33 patch.

Though the patch notes are surprisingly short (and rather vague), it's important to remember that not all studios list every single bug they've fixed when they publish patch notes, so don't be too surprised if some or all of the previously mentioned "beneficial bugs" have been addressed via the latest patch. It's also possible that these "good" bugs will stick around a while longer, so make sure you grab that high-tier spacesuit from the basement in The Lodge before it inevitably gets patched out, assuming it hasn't been addressed by today's patch.

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The latest patch addresses stability and performance, but also lists several very specific bug fixes. Some of the most significant fixes in the 1.7.33 patch are listed below:

  • Fixed an issue that caused certain characters to appear in the wrong spot (or not appear at all)
  • Fixed a issue that saw certain Star Stations labeled as the player's personal ship
  • Fixed a bug that would give players access to a vendor's entire inventory
  • Addressed several graphics issues, including one that could trigger players with photosensitive epilepsy, and an upscaling issue that caused textures to become blurry
  • Fixed a bug that was causing use of the Hand Scanner to result in hitching
  • Various performance and stability issues that led to the game freezing and crashing have been addressed
  • Fixed a bug that caused items applied to an in-ship mannequin to randomly disappear
  • Addressed a bug that was causing items stored in Weapon Racks and Razorleaf Storage Containers to disappear after stealing a ship.

If you do discover that one of your favorite bugs is now gone, don't get too broken-hearted, as there are plenty of other ways to game the system, like repeatedly getting laid. Additionally, Bethesda has confirmed that there are plenty more updates and fixes still on the way.

The full 1.7.33 patch notes are listed below (and can also be found on Bethesda's official website):


A small update has gone out for Starfield on Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Store, and Steam. This update addresses some issues with performance and stability as well as a few general gameplay issues. We are continuing to work on a larger update that will add features and improvements thatwe noted in our last update notes. Thank you so much for your continued feedback and support of Starfield and we look forward to a future with you on this journey.



  • Characters: Fixed an issue that could cause some characters to not be in their proper location.
  • Star Stations: Fixed an issue where Star Stations would be labeled as a player-owned ship.
  • Vendors: Addressed an issue that allowed for a vendor’s full inventory to be accessible.


  • AMD (PC): Resolved an issue that caused star lens flares not to appear correctly AMD GPUs.
  • Graphics: Addressed an upscaling issue that could cause textures to become blurry.
  • Graphics: Resolved an issue that could cause photosensitivity issues when scrolling through the inventory menu.


  • Hand Scanner: Addressed an issue where the Hand Scanner caused hitching.
  • Various stability and performance improvements to address crashing and freezes.


  • Displays: Fixed an issue that would cause displayed items to disappear when applied to in-ship mannequins.
  • Displays: Fixed an issue that would cause items stored in Razorleaf Storage Containers and Weapon Racks to disappear after commandeering another ship.

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