How to Use the Transfer Container Item in Starfield

Key Takeaways

  • The Transfer Container is a crucial storage system in Starfield that automates resource transfer from extractors and outposts to your starship’s cargo hold.
  • Setting up a Transfer Container requires building it at your outpost, connecting it to powered extractors via output links, and ensuring your ship is nearby (ideally by constructing a Landing Pad).
  • Proper use of the Transfer Container streamlines resource management, allowing you to efficiently gather and access materials for crafting, research, and other needs directly from your ship.

In the vast, resource-rich universe of Starfield, efficient inventory management is key to survival and success. Bethesda Game Studios has introduced the Transfer Container, a game-changing storage system that automates the transfer of mined and harvested resources directly to your starship’s cargo hold. This innovative feature not only saves you time but also eliminates the hassle of manually extracting materials from each individual extractor or outpost.

Setting Up a Transfer Container

To harness the power of the Transfer Container, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps:

  1. Construct the Transfer Container: Gather the required materials (4 units of Lubricant, 8 units of Iron, and 5 units of Tungsten) and build the Transfer Container at your outpost using the Build Mode menu under the Storage section.
  2. Set Up Extractors and Power Sources: Once the Transfer Container is in place, you’ll need to construct extractors and power sources. Position the extractors in resource-rich areas and connect them to a power source (e.g., a Solar Array) using the “wire” function in Build Mode.
  3. Link the Transfer Container to Extractors: While in Build Mode, hover over each extractor and select “Create Output Link.” Connect these links to the Transfer Container, ensuring a proper connection between the two structures.
  4. Build a Landing Pad (Optional but Recommended): To ensure easy access to the Transfer Container’s inventory from your starship, it’s advisable to construct a Landing Pad near the container. This will allow your ship to land in close proximity, enabling seamless cargo transfers.

With these steps completed, your extractors will begin harvesting resources and automatically transferring them to the Transfer Container, acting as a centralized storage hub for your outpost.

Accessing and Transferring Resources

Now that your Transfer Container is set up and functioning, it’s time to learn how to access and transfer its contents to your starship’s cargo hold:

  1. Land Your Ship Near the Transfer Container: If you’ve built a Landing Pad, simply land your ship on it. If not, try to land as close to the Transfer Container as possible.
  2. Access the Cargo Hold Interface: Once inside your ship, locate the Cargo Hold interface, typically found near the cockpit area.
  3. Switch Between Inventories: Use the designated key (Q on PC or LB on Xbox controller) to toggle between your personal inventory, your ship’s cargo hold, and the outpost’s inventory (represented by the Transfer Container).
  4. Transfer Items: While viewing the outpost’s inventory, select the desired items and use the appropriate key/button (E on PC or A on Xbox controller) to initiate the transfer to your ship’s cargo hold.

It’s important to note that if your ship is too far from the outpost, the Transfer Container’s inventory may not appear as an option in the Cargo Hold interface. In such cases, constructing a Landing Pad is highly recommended to ensure seamless access.

Troubleshooting and Tips

Like any complex system, the Transfer Container may encounter issues or require additional tweaks for optimal performance. Here are some troubleshooting tips and best practices:

  • Check Power and Connections: If the Transfer Container is not functioning correctly, follow the output links from the extractors to the container and ensure they are properly connected and powered.
  • Restart the Game: In some cases, restarting the game can resolve temporary glitches or issues with the Transfer Container.
  • Prioritize Resources: Since the Transfer Container has a limited storage capacity, prioritize the resources you want to store in it carefully. Consider dedicating separate Transfer Containers to different resource types for better organization.
  • Utilize Multiple Outposts: While you can only have one Transfer Container per outpost, you can establish multiple outposts on different planets or locations to gather a wider variety of resources.
  • Combine with Cargo Links: For even more efficient resource management, consider setting up Cargo Links at your outposts. These allow you to transfer resources directly from the Transfer Container to your ship’s cargo hold without the need for manual intervention.

By mastering the use of the Transfer Container, you’ll streamline your resource gathering and management processes, freeing up valuable time to focus on exploration, combat, and other exciting aspects of Starfield’s vast universe.