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Fallout 4 is getting a visual upgrade that requires a beefy PC and a big hard drive

by Eric Frederiksen | January 31, 2017January 31, 2017 1:00 pm PDT

One of the complaints leveled at Fallout 4 after launch was that it just didn’t look quite modern enough. While some stellar lighting did a lot to make the game look good, people pointed to the texture work as being subpar. That’s changing soon, but you’ll want to brace yourself. Your computer might not be able to handle what Bethesda is about to (optionally) throw at it.

An update rolling out next week adds an optional High-Resolution Texture Pack that adds a whole bunch of new details for PC gamers with the juice to make it run. Bethesda is suggesting at least an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU or better, an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB of RAM, and at least 8 GB of system memory as well. On top of that, you’ll need an additional 58 GB of space on your hard drive to house the beast. Even if you don’t meet the requirements, though, you can still download it and try it out. It’s a free update and it can be disabled in the game’s launcher.

Fallout 4’s resolution will nearly double on PlayStation 4 Pro

PS4 Pro players will see some updates too, though not quite at that level. If you’re playing on Sony’s souped-up PS4 and a 4K television, you’ll see the game running at a native 1440p resolution instead of 1080 – that’s 1.7 times as much pixel density the system is rendering. On top of that, Bethesda is promising enhance draw distance for things like trees, objects, and NPCs, and enhanced godray effects. Godrays are those beams of light that stream through between things like clouds, trees, and window blinds.

If you have the tricked-out PC to handle it, or the PlayStation 4 Pro, it looks like Fallout 4 is going to warrant a new dive back in.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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