Fallout 4 System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 4:15 PM
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That sound you hear is the vault door opening after centuries of neglect. With a hiss the door slides and inside, at long last, sites the Fallout 4 system requirements. We're a shade over four weeks away from yet another mammoth RPG preparing to steal away our lives. Sensationally revealed in the run up to E3, we've only had to wait five months for it to hit stores.

Bethesda reckon it's going to be bigger, better, more complex and sprawling than any Fallout before it. It's undeniably one of the most anticipated games this holiday season. Before you put on your Pip-Boy and step out into the wastelands though, it's time to find out whether your gaming rig is as useful as an irradiated bottle of Nuka Cola, or a VATS headshot master, with the official Fallout 4 system requirements.

Fallout 4 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 30GB Free Hard Drive Space

Fallout 4 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB or AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB

Hmm, these were perhaps a little higher than we'd anticipated. Luckily the graphics cards aren't sky high for minimum, being one of the more expensive parts of a gaming rig. However, you are going to need a fairly decent processor. This stretches down to the recommended requirements as well, which ask for the extreme high end with the Intel Core i7-4790 and the AMD FX-9590. From this we can determine Fallout 4 is extremely CPU heavy, so if you've been holding out on that Skylake upgrade now might be the time. 

8GB RAM seems to be the going rate for system memory now, but Fallout 4 apparently won't run with less. We've seen with the recent Star Wars Battlefront that memory demands are typically inflated but 4GB support is steadily being phased out for top titles. Remember also that with the inclusion of mods Fallout 4 will become even more demanding so aim for 8GB if you can.

From what we've seen of the visuals so far Fallout 4 looks functional rather than fantastic. That makes it all the more surprising to see the high performing Radeon R9 290X hit the spot for recommended graphics card, alongside the GTX 780. There's a disparity on show here too between AMD and Nvidia's cards.

Fallout 4 is only a revision of the Creation Engine used in Skyrim, but much of this bump in GPU demands might be down to the inclusion of high resolution textures as standard. This is reflected in the 30GB install size, which is six times bigger than Skyrim's 5GB at launch, although still some way short of 50GB+ behemoths like GTA 5. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Fallout 4 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Fallout 4 GPU benchmark chart.

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01:51 Oct-16-2015

so looks like im on a 1024x576 Borderless Windowed Fullscreen, no shadows, Set all LOD to 5/15, Max texture & effects, bloom/HDR low( if i can), and no ambient occlusion T_T.

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18:23 Oct-12-2015

What settngs should I be able to achieve?

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18:41 Oct-12-2015

max brother and must i say you have a great laptop.

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11:57 Oct-13-2015

Thanks bud. Cost quite a bit to get this one. Only complaint is the cpu which could be a bottleneck in the future. Really looking forward to playing this game though.

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06:08 Oct-15-2015

I doubt your CPU will cause a bottleneck. Yours is basically the same as mine & on most games it barely reaches 40%.

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16:56 Oct-09-2015

I played witcher 3 with my HD 7770 and it performed well 34-40 fps 1600x900, the sys req was HD 7870 minimum. so im sure fallout 4 will work just fine with 7770

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19:01 Oct-09-2015

Would make sense because the 7770 is roughly equivalent to the Xbox1 GPU.

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07:28 Oct-10-2015

and the r7 260X is better and runs all games on high ( even crysis 3 and witcher 3 lol) and this game isnt exactly the most gorgeous game of the year but it will be close to the most optmised game of the year so no worrys everyone

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06:31 Oct-12-2015

First of all, you can predict and stuff. But that does not make it correct. You have not seen the future.

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23:38 Oct-22-2015

All games on high? Are you high? Even with shadows/aa/blur/any expensive candy off saying you can run all games on high is quite a statement. I'd say medium for sure, but not high unless you want to leave 60 fps

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16:05 Oct-09-2015

Just wondering, if I can expect max settings with 60 FPS? Hopefully.


Thanks in advance.

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19:39 Oct-09-2015

Yes.

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19:44 Oct-09-2015

Yes I would think so. I am hoping for the same. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a good SLI profile at launch. I doubt I will have anything to worry about on the SLI profile though because nVidia has been Johnny on the spot with driver updates & SLI profiles for new games this year. :D

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01:08 Oct-10-2015

Well max with AA? Because that could slow it down a ton. I guess we'll have to see.

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06:22 Oct-15-2015

Yeah I think so because Fallout 4 is running on the same engine as Skyrim. Fallout 4 will offer a few extra effects, but I doubt they will make a huge difference. I stay above 90fps with an average of around 105fps on Skyrim when fully maxed @ 1080p. That is including 8xMSAA & 16xAF. I doubt those few extra effects added to Fallout 4 will bring me down 30+fps from what I get in Skyrim.

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15:44 Oct-09-2015

7870>>>>>550 Ti

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05:01 Oct-15-2015

Gtx 550ti is toned down GTX 560
HD7870 is overclocked HD7850
GTX 560 Equal HD 7850
GTX 560Ti Equal HD 7870


Looking at the games release these days HD 7870 will be minimum till games are released for Playstation 4
XBox One Graphics equal to HD7790 but high PC GPU requirement becoz of shared video RAM on consoles

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16:25 Oct-15-2015

Not even close. First, hd 7870 is not overclocked hd 7850, it has 256 more shader units AND is clocked higher. Secondly hd 7850/7870 is A LOT more powerful than a gtx 560/560 Ti, it is on par with gtx 650 Ti Boost/660. I agree on the min...

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14:51 Oct-09-2015

what fps could i get at max settings since my CPU is not the recommended one

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20:12 Oct-09-2015

You'll be completely fine, the i7-4790 isn't much stronger than your current CPU

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20:17 Oct-09-2015

You've got a nice rig! I would be surprised if you couldn't run 50 - 60 FPS or higher with your rig - the recommended i7 4790k is only 18% improvement on your processor, but your GPU crushes minimum and recommended stats - I think you'll be fine. :)

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20:18 Oct-09-2015

okay thanks guys

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14:41 Oct-09-2015

Wow. Minimum required GPU is the same as GTA 5 recommended GPU requirement.. This scares me a little. Wonder if I should just pick it up for ps4 and not worry about the 30fps.

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20:37 Oct-09-2015

But... You far exceed the minimum... You should be fine.

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07:15 Oct-10-2015

Yes true.. But I just don't want an inconsistent framerate

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09:20 Oct-11-2015

Take it on PC and if it is really inconsistent, cap it at 30 fps.

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13:30 Oct-11-2015

I capped Witcher 3 at 30fps so that I could completely max out all settings & keep a stable frame rate. Without the fps cap it stays between 41 & 62 with an average around 48. That is with all settings on & fully maxed @ my native 1080p. However the stable 30fps eliminated all jerkiness & stutter caused by the fluctuating frame rates that I was getting before.

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19:19 Oct-11-2015

Im not a big fan of playing games at 30fps with mouse and keyboard. Worst case scenario if the frame rate sucks I will cap the game at 30 and play with the xbox one controller

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19:23 Oct-11-2015

Oh I agree. I couldn't handle 30fps with a KB&M. I will only do that on third person single player games when using a controller. So far the Witcher 3 & Ryse: Son of Rome are the only two games that I have chosen to lock to 30fps. I play both with a 360 controller.

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14:41 Oct-09-2015

I wonder if you will be able to even visually see the different from ultra to high in this game since we are not talking about a visually stunning game in the first place.


I am betting it will look very similar to the other fallout games with just some added effects.

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14:24 Oct-09-2015

****, well, 60 fps on high i guess.

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13:22 Oct-09-2015

Fak, I thought I would be able to max this :(
It is suprising how the requirements are the same as watchdogs 2 for rec

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13:50 Oct-09-2015

you will be able to max it. Chances are they will have that one setting that just puts a crazy amount of strain for no real benefit that turning down from ultra to high increases performance greatly.

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13:15 Oct-09-2015

Please tell me, would i be able to on everything maxed out at 1080p ?

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23:53 Oct-13-2015

Hey , why no body body answer ? Should i upgrade something ?

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00:18 Oct-14-2015

I would think so. Tweaked ultra at the very least, but most likely max settings. You may have to turn down AA a little.

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12:44 Oct-09-2015

setting and fps plz . i upgraded my ram to 8gb :)
thank's in advance

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12:02 Oct-09-2015

How will my laptop handle this??

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09:23 Oct-11-2015

I'm not sure because the game isn't out and those requirements may not be exact ( marketing etc) so, i guess that you will be fine on High settings ( not sure for 60 fps though). But that is just my personal opinion.

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08:18 Oct-09-2015

Ithink i will be ok,that Win10 requirement thouth troubles me.I don't like win 10.

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08:37 Oct-09-2015

You'll be fine as long as you have win 7 at least. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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08:42 Oct-09-2015

Thanks man, direct x might have something to do with this but i wont lose my sleep!

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11:53 Oct-09-2015

Direct x won t do anything on win 10 since the game doesn t support directx12 . You ll be fine at 7

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19:46 Oct-09-2015

Everything will be fine with Windows 7 because the game is only coded for Dx11.1. Windows 7 got updated to use Dx11.1 quite a while ago so everything should be good.

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07:52 Oct-09-2015

I understand the requirements are exaggerated especially how I am play Battlefront maxed out at 55-75fps on my specs, I still wonder what made them believe of that high end cpu, something is quite wrong there. I will gladly go medium-high settings if the fixed all the stuff that was broken (physics engine). But what this means is that the Fallout on "next"gen consoles are less than the minimum requirements. I feel like the game might not be as optimized as we have hoped it to be. at least it was not the BS ram exaggeration star wars battlefront 16gb lol

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07:27 Oct-09-2015

I'm getting really excited for fallout 4 :)

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07:15 Oct-09-2015

So now to play games max you not only need a high end GPU but now an I7 CPU too.. I remember it was not too long ago when people were confident an i7 was overkill for gaming. R.I.P gaming.

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07:30 Oct-09-2015

That ain't true... DX 12 will change that.. and The requirement are mostly exaggerated...

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07:33 Oct-09-2015

A lot of devs seem to be exaggerating their CPU requirements lately for whatever reason. My 3570k does just fine with The Witcher 3 and the Battlefront beta, among other demanding games. You should be fine.

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07:44 Oct-09-2015

Same here, even tho i look down on my CPU but im still surprise it still working well with my GPU on latest game. somehow, some of the game i play claim my CPU is insufficient for minimum requirement.

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07:50 Oct-09-2015

An i7 isn't so much overkill as it is just pointless.As far as I know there are still no games developed that take advantage of hyperthreading. Meaning the only advantage an i7 has over an i5 is a slightly higher clockspeed, if there is one

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19:48 Oct-09-2015

Not true at all. I have several games that spread the load over all 8 logical processors. Most games released in the past couple of years do. Witcher 3 is a prime example.

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07:33 Oct-09-2015

This one i agree. Plus, there is one article i dont remember the title but it show CPU involve tiny fraction for gaming. But requirement of current game really pressure me to buy new CPU or not.

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07:36 Oct-09-2015

Hell YEAH!!! Gaming depends mostly on GPU...

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07:00 Oct-09-2015

Tbh, I don't believe on any official requirements xD
We'll see the difference between in 550ti and 7870.

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05:41 Oct-09-2015

I will be able to max it, i am sure of it. I don't trust system requirements anymore. If my cpu can't handle Fallout 4 on max then i will try "remnants power" cpu aka o.c. :D

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05:32 Oct-09-2015

Seems to be damn cpu heavy. Sadly cant upgrade yet all the money goes to my 8000 calorie diet hah.

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06:56 Oct-09-2015

I believe you can max it out.

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13:01 Oct-09-2015

Well Cant exactly max out Witcher 3. 1080p for constant 60 fps it drops below 50 in some areas and Nvidia hairworks have to be turned of. But who knows maybe this is better optimized and it just runs better than W3 even thou the requirements are higher.

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100% Yes [1 votes]
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Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 980 4GB 32GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
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Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
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100% Yes [9 votes]
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