We're five days away from the Fallout 76 beta test going live on PC. With progress from the beta carrying over to the main release on November 14th, next Tuesday is effectively a soft launch for Fallout 76. Before you drop down the cash for a Fallout 76 pre-order though, Bethesda has revealed the Fallout 76 PC system requirements, and it's quite a change from Fallout 4...

Fallout 76 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 285
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Fallout 76 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290X
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Just like all Bethesda Game Studios titles, Fallout 76 runs on a modified version of the Creation Engine. It's the same engine used by 2015's Fallout 4, although Bethesda claims it's been heavily modified with new lighting models, better terrain mapping, and improved rendering processes. This translates to 16x the detail of Fallout 4, allegedly.

The Creation Engine improvements mean a fairly large increase in the system specs for Fallout 76 compared to Fallout 4. The recommended requirements for Fallout 4 have become the minimum spec for Fallout 76. 

The first thing that catches the eye in terms of the Fallout 76 PC system requirements is the minimum and recommended Intel CPUs are both the Intel Core i7-4790, whereas the AMD spec bumps from a Ryzen 3 1300X up to a Rysen 5 1500X. On paper, the Core i7-4790 is at around the same level performance level as the Ryzen 1500X, and much faster than a Ryzen 3 1300X. At our best guess, this can only mean the actual minimum spec Intel CPU should be much lower. Something like a Core i5-4570 should be able to run Fallout 76 just fine as its gaming performance is on par with AMD's budget processor.

Apart from the CPUs, Fallout 76's RAM demands stay the same, the hard drive space required as doubled to 30GB, and there is a minor bump to the graphics cards required to run Fallout 76 at 1080p screen resolution with stable frame rates. Previously, a GTX 780 would do the job, now you'll need a GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290X. It's not a huge change, but Fallout 76 is clearly a game that's going to benefit from having at least 4GB VRAM available.


As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run Fallout 76 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to Fallout 76 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Fallout 76 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.