What Your PC Needs To Play Fallout 4

What Your PC Needs To Play Fallout 4

We're a little more than a month away from Fallout 4, which means it's time to make sure your PC is up to the task of playing the game.

Bethesda announced 'em on their blog today, and there aren't any surprises.

Minimum   Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)   Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent   8 GB RAM   30 GB free HDD space   NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

Recommended   Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)   Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent   8 GB RAM   30 GB free HDD space   NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

Bethesda also detailed when — exactly — the game will unlock for players:

Digitally the game will become available on November 10, 2015, at 12:01 am (local time) in all territories, except Asia (available at 12 am on Tuesday, November 11th) and Japan (available at 12 am on Thursday, December 17th).


    So I'm somewhat new to the whole PC deal. Does recommended mean you'll be able to run it on high settings, or does it just mean it should run it ok around medium?

      It varies from game to game unfortunately. Best idea is to wait for the inevitable benchmarks various tech sites do if you're not sure.

      Those specs look like they would be between medium and high. The recommended specs look like they would be suitable for ultra.

      Recommended requirements are what are needed in order to play it with decent graphical settings, but nowhere near maxed out.

      I would say the recommended setting are for medium settings. Things that chew up the frame buffer such as draw distance and anti aliasing would be turned right down. It would still be comparable to the console experience. The great thing about pc gaming is that you can cater it to your needs. If you want 60fps you can adjust the settings to hit that otherwise if you are happy with 30 fps you can crank the visuals up a bit and take an fps hit.

      I always find that Recommended should be looked at as the real minimum, in terms of minimum needed to enjoy the game fully. Generally Recommended should be looked at as Medium to Medium High in most games.

    Lol dang, the graphics card on my laptop is just shy of the minimum for the graphics card.

    I guess that means back to finishing my Steam pile of shame lol

      Wouldn't even worry about it. I'm running a 5870 (although obviously being a desktop version gives it a boost over a laptop version) that I won when it was brand new and I still run most new games a tad under medium settings. Don't expect to struggle running this either especially as my PC still kicks the pants off consoles.

        While i appreciate the vote of confidence, the graphics card i have does not suit the minimum Radeon HD 7870 2GB. i have a Radeon HD 7700, being just shy of that so it may not even boot up. It meets all of the other requirements though.

        It runs Dark Souls SOTS really well on high settings and i could hope for the best, just fired up the Battlefront beta and my graphics hard was slightly out but still ran the game no problem....

        I won't be buying/playing Fallout 4 for a while anyways =P

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        That's strange, I have a 6990 and think some PS4 games are now looking better than my PC could do (i5 2500k, 8gig ram).

    My upcoming 6700K system will suffice, only issue will be I won't have a new graphics card for a few more months but my Radeon HD 7970 will do until then

    the big thing is whether we are part of Asia or part of the US and EU when it comes to release ie do we get it on the 10th or the 11th

      We get it on the 10th according to EB Games.

        But the Steam might unlock it on 11th instead. Seems to happen quite often with games that have one day difference in release date.

    Gah, my old faithful PC fails on the CPU and memory mark.

    CPU is a Core 2 Quad (Q6600) and memory is 8 GB of DDR2 (right size, wrong speed).

    Was planning to get his on PC but given that I have a PS4, at least I have a plan B to play the game.

      lol. I'm running the same specs but with a Nvidia 2GB GTX650.

      But are you saying it won't run with 8GB of DDR2? I'll likely just overclock the 2.4 up to 2.8 as I have a heatsink that keeps it steady up to 3.2.

        But are you saying it won't run with 8GB of DDR2?

        It may run, but it will most likely suffer when loading data.

        Eitherway, experience has taught me that the minimum requirements are in reality a joke and the true minimum is the "recommended" requirements.

        Last edited 09/10/15 12:36 pm

    Why does Japan get the game so late?

    Looks like I'll be able to get some nice 4k gaming happening with my 980tis. Can't wait for this game to come out!

      It will be a site to behold fellow 980ti user. :)

        One of the perks of a $1000 gpu is you don't have to worry about recommended or minimum specs only your wallet! Haha

          But I have a 1440p monitor and I'm not sure if the 980ti can handle it at max :P

    I have a quad core and 8gb ram but I've got a 750 ti, will it run ok? Don't know much about those card models there

      I think you'll be able to get away with mostly medium settings, 1080p and no aa with that card but I wouldn't be counting on 60 fps probably closer to 30.

        I also have a 750 Ti, but a AMD Athlon 5350...I know it doesnt meet the 3Ghz requirement for the CPU, but do you think it will be okay?

          I've only purchased Intel CPUs in the past but looking at the specs of your athlon I'd say that it might struggle due to the fact that fallout 4 is an open world style game and it needs some processing power to draw the world as you explore. You have an apu that is designed to be power efficient and allow the user to complete basic computing tasks I'm not certain if it's ideal to run a aaa game. Maybe an upgrade is in order? ;)

    I just upgraded my computer a month ago in preparation for this game (and MGSV). Pretty sure my i7 6700K Skylake, 16gb RAM & GTX 980ti will do quite nicely. :)

      I will be getting a 6700K with 16GB system in about 2 weeks, can't wait. What motherboard did you use? I am tossing up between the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Gene and the Gigabyte GA-Z170MX Gaming mATX board. The case I chose is mATX so my options are restricted.

        The motherboard I'm using is the Maximus VIII Hero. Love it a lot. Bought it partly for aesthetic reasons as I had the ability to splurge in that regard.
        For your two choices, they are both fine boards so it really just comes down to aesthetic preference and money (as the Gene is almost $100 more going by a quick look on PCCG, so that is definitely a factor to consider). If you're buying with colour-matching in mind then the Gene is a good choice if you're not aiming for red-black. But if you need to be mindful of a budget or the pieces aren't going to be visible inside the case then I'd say just go with the Gigabyte board and invest that potentially-spent $100 on stepping up another piece.

    The Witcher 3 had minimum settings of a 7870 as well and it ran beautifully on my PC (which incidentally has a 7870).
    Hoping the same for Fallout. It doesn't look as pretty as the Witcher either.

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