Fallout 4 was undoubtedly one of the most immersive and quirky games released in 2015. A heady mix of post-apocalyptic civilization rebuilding with a lot of sarcastic humour and 1950s grand design worked extremely well. The only real downside was that Bethesda’s aging game engine meant the graphics weren’t up to the standards of other modern games. Think about what The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looks like compared to Fallout 4 and you’ll see what I mean. Well, it looks like Bethesda’s admitted that Fallout 4 needs a visual upgrade and it’s doing it in a spectacular way.
The next patch, detailed on Bethesda’s website, will add PS4 Pro support to the game. The PS4 Pro will run the game at 1440p if you have a 4K television set. In addition to that, the patch will enhance some of the visual effects already in the game, and increase draw distance. That sounds great if you’re on a console and are itching to stretch its legs. But what about those who have a top shelf desktop PC? How will they stretch the legs of their hardware? If you’re in that position, your prayers for a better looking Commonwealth have been answered.
Bethesda has also announced a massive 58GB (yeah, it’s really quite big) ultra high resolution texture pack. Bethesda has said in its patch notes that the patch is free and an optional download for all owners of Fallout 4 on PC. The question you’re definitely asking is whether or not your battlestation will be able to take on the texture pack head on. Perhaps your PC will melt at the mere thought of rendering everything in glorious new levels of detail. It seems this patch isn’t for those with an average rig. Bethesda confirmed that the system requirements for running this high resolution texture pack are mountainous.
- Windows 7 or later
- Must be a 64-bit operating system
- nVidia GeForce GTX1080
- At least 8GB of system RAM
- 58GB of additional storage space
Well, there goes any hope of me running this texture pack.
If you’re lucky enough to meet or exceed such PC specs, then I highly recommend taking the time and space to download this visual upgrade. That screenshot alone makes it look worthwhile. Maybe it’s one of those things where if you wait a few years, everybody’s desktop PC will be able to run it. All this talk of graphical upgrades is making me want to reinstall Fallout 4 and build some more settlements in preparation for the patch.