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Fallout 4 Minimum & Recommended System Requirements

Posted on October 9, 2015

Fallout 4 is one of Bethesda’s most anticipated forthcoming games. We previously covered the Fallout 4 trailer and the follow-up E3 presentation; since then, though, there has been little substantial news. Bethesda did tweet that Fallout 4 has over 111k lines of dialogue, which is more than Fallout 3 and Skyrim combined, but that’s about the most that’s come out.

Just yesterday, Bethesda offered another peek at Fallout by way of Fallout 4’s recommended and minimum system requirements.

Fallout 4 Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: nVidia GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent
  • Hard drive space: 30GB

Fallout 4 Recommended Specs:

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4970 3.6GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: nVidia GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent
  • Hard drive space: 30GB

Consoles will require between 28 and 35GB of space (depending upon territory and language).

The minimum and recommended specifications show us that, while Bethesda’s Fallout 4 can be played on older systems, the recommended specifications have risen compared to 2011’s Skyrim. The recommended GPU for Skyrim was an ATI Radeon 4890 which, in 2011, was already two generations old. In contrast, the 290X and GTX 780 are both powerful and recent GPUs, with the 290X being rehashed in the 300 series. The increase in recommended GPU specifications in particular indicate that Bethesda will be jaunting the graphics abilities of Fallout 4 in comparison to their previous games. The initial glimpses of Fallout 4 at E3 appears to be run on a console, but clearly showed improved textures and lighting compared to previous Fallout games in particular.

Based on Bethesda’s continued support of PCs through mods and the high-end recommended specifications, it appears that Fallout 4 will have a significant graphics improvement compared to Skyrim and previous Fallout games.

Fallout 4’s release date is set for November 11th, 2015.

- Michael "The Bear" Kerns.