You’ll Need A Powerful PC To Pull Off Fallout 4’s Hi-Res Texture Pack

You’ll Need A Powerful PC To Pull Off Fallout 4’s Hi-Res Texture Pack

If you want the power armour in your PC version of Fallout 4 to look this gloriously scratched and rusted, you’d best bring the hardware. Bethesda’s official high-resolution texture pack features some weighty recommended specs, including an AMD card that isn’t even out yet.

Available next week along with a PlayStation 4 Pro update that adds native 1440p support and other enhancements, the high-resolution texture pack for PC is going to make your post-apocalypse look absolutely gorgeous, if your PC can handle it.

Right click on the 4K image below and open it in a new tab or window to see what I mean. The dirt in the tyre treads, nicks in the brickwork — I could stare at it for hours.

You’ll Need A Powerful PC To Pull Off Fallout 4’s Hi-Res Texture Pack

To get the full effect I might have to, as while I have the Nvidia GTX 1080 with 8GB of ram listed in the recommended specs, I really need a CPU upgrade.

Here’s what Bethesda is recommending:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better
  • GTX 1080 8GB/AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB
  • 8GB+ Ram

And yes, the AMD Radeon RX 490 card has not yet been released, so good luck getting your hands on one of those.

Now these are just “recommended” specs, so your less powerful PC might run things well enough for screenshots. Plus this is Fallout 4, which we’ll still be playing by the time those hardware recommendations are met by digital watches.


  • Spend all your hard earned moneys on graphics card that makes things look old and shit.. nice

    • But intentionally old and shit, the good kind of old and shit.

      I really need to go and change the game files so i can dynamically change the frame rate of Skyrim and Fallout so my game does not turn into the bad kind of old and shit.

  • But it’ll still be Fallout 4 🙁

    Can’t they just upgrade the shit outta New Vegas instead???

        • [Thanks to Bethesda being Bethesda, Weresmurf is constantly distracted by side quests and eventually falls through the map, preventing him from reaching me.]

          • [Weresmurf is then distracted by completely shit DLC that he has to pay excessively high prices for just to endure to get to Wisehacker, by the time he has endured this meandering crap, he sees Wisehacker on the hill in front of him, lines up his shot……..forgets why he’s there and says “Screw it, I’m going to get a ratburger”, and walks off]

  • I have a 1080 and running the game on ultra at 1080p is probably the limit the card can do. It clearly doesn’t run at 60 fps all the time. The textures in fallout 4 are already ridiculously high resolution for items that don’t need it, I’d hate to think what additional resolution would do to the game.

    I tried running at 4k and the intro menu lagged like hell hah.

  • If this is just a texture pack those recommended specs dont meant shit, as long as you have enough VRAM you’ll be fine, so an R9 390, RX 480 or GTX 1070 would be fine, GTX 980Ti and GTX 1060 would probably also be fine. all of these cards i listed here are a fair bit (a lot for a couple) more powerful than the PS4 Pro

    • Does updated textures also mean updated bump maps, specular maps, shaders etc.? There may be more to it than just loading larger textures into memory.

      • I sure hope it does but i personally am not going to get my hopes up, if there is though you are right that would explain the high recommended specs.

  • To bad it doesn’t fix the trash story, quests, dialog absolute garbage game biggest let down.

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