Fallout 76 PC System Requirements Revealed Ahead of Beta

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 4:59 PM
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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.

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02:20 Oct-26-2018

4790 min i see something not very optimized for a beta hope these specs dont stay the same.

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09:56 Oct-26-2018

In a time where 8 core/16 threads are mid-range and mainstream, I don't see a problem really. That's like complaining that a game would require a core 2 duo back when the core 2 quad was out. Current GPU equivalents of what is they recommend are low-end... so yeah.

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10:00 Oct-26-2018

I mean even if you look at price alone, a ryzen 7 1700 is 180$, 1700x 220$, these are sweet spots where most people buy their hardware at.
https://imgur.com/xzyRI0X

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20:33 Oct-29-2018

its because tech youtubers for so long kept giving wrong advice telling people to buy quad cores over other cpus with more cores

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20:50 Oct-29-2018

well for gaming even now you don't need more than a 4 core/8 thread CPU either Zen or Sandy and above, and they are small chips, quite cheap, not as cheap as they could be, but still a great value.


I can tell you that a r5 1400/1500X will give you the same gaming performance as my R5 1600x as I know for a fact since my brother has a Ryzen 5 1500x, his friend has a Ryzen 3 1300x and I've made them test games on low settings lowest possible resolution, for the sake of proving my theory and yeah, you don't need more than a r5 1400/1500x for purely gaming.

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18:29 Nov-01-2018

people do more than gaming though
im always alt tabbing out of games into stuff like , this website
more cores = smoother transition
and i can stream without having frame drops


6cores 12 threads beat quads in assassins creed origins

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22:00 Oct-25-2018

Those GPU requirements seem a little steep considering it is the same engine as Fallout 4

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20:34 Oct-29-2018

thats what happens when newer games come out, they increase shadow resolution, lighting effects and draw distances

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18:29 Oct-25-2018

So... will this game even have a graphical options tab? Both system requirements have the same Intel CPU (even though it is probably a typo), same RAM requirements and the GTX 970 is like what? 10-15% better than GTX 780?

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18:43 Oct-25-2018

The game looks stunning with all the vivid colors. Of course it will, why wouldn't it?

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19:47 Oct-25-2018

I did not honestly think I had to actually say it but it is a joke regarding the fact that the minimum and the recommended requirements are so similiar that it looks as if you would not be able to change graphical options. Have a nice day!

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19:46 Oct-25-2018

It will, system requirements are bit hit or miss, could be they were to conservative with minimum, so they don't have to commit to lower requirements. Or they are generous with recommended. They didn't exactly say recommended it for 1080p ultra 60FPS.There are games where you can't nearly max it out on recommended too.

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17:36 Oct-25-2018

Looks pretty good

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17:14 Oct-25-2018

Looks like a pretty terrible beta so far btw

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18:30 Oct-25-2018

Why do you say that? As someone involved in the current beta, I think it's a ton of fun. Love that they're doing windows.


People really fail to understand why they're doing windowed game times. The ENTIRE game is playable through BETA. Some people are almost done the main quest (supposedly). Some people are already upwards of level 20 IN FOUR HOURS.

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18:32 Oct-25-2018

Also. They're trying to slam their servers as much as they possibly can so that they have a stress free release. I played from 6:55 (severs opened early) til 11:07 when the servers closed. Didn't get dropped once. Lag towards the end was noticeable but they were probably rolling out shut downs.


But it's not terrible at all.

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18:34 Oct-25-2018

A select few people fail to understand they made it very clear that the BETA wouldn't be everyday, and would be 4-8 hours. Granted the next 2 sessions are 2 hours, but they explained it. The game is tons of fun, minimal bugs, nothing game breaking that I'v run into so far. Looks great. Plays great. Don't listen to the ones who are all "I PaId FoR a BeTa".

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18:35 Oct-25-2018

I know atleast 5 people who went to gamestop to put 5 dollars down to get the code, and are going to cancel the pre order (if they haven't already), JUST to play the beta. Considering you can theoretically play the whole game in the BETA, if servers were open 24/7, people would beat the game before it's even out. Doesn't make much sense.

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01:40 Oct-26-2018

I'm with ya cookie, seems like alot of people are going to be left out with those steep requirements, you being one of them.... possibly even me if the CPU requirements hold up true..... The main complaint I'm hearing is the complete lack of NPCs, leaving people with not really much to do but run around and explore..... it would be nice if they'd throw in some NPCs and story quests.

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04:46 Oct-26-2018

There is a story quest though. And there are plenty of quest. Robot NPCs exist, holotapes, quest items, location quest. I played all 4 hours and went off just to explore manually once. Other than that I was doing some type of quest. Not to mention Random Local events that go off.


I agree some NPCs would be cool to have, but in no way does it impede questing. I have 6 or 7 active quest currntly

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04:48 Oct-26-2018

If you haven't played the BETA then I understand your only input is based on what you've read/opinions of others. And mine is just another opinion, but if anybody says that you can't quest because of lack of NPCs, they're very very wrong.


I've only complete maybe 3-4 phases of the "main" quest, I couldn't say how long it was, but as I said; some people are already upwards of level 20 in4 hours

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07:58 Oct-26-2018

Well I've also seen a little leaked gameplay footage, and the wasteland just looks incredibly lonely.... and the poster even commented as such...... unlike in previous fallout games where towns and settlements were packed with people, and you would encounter random people out in the wasteland.... there was just no one.

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05:36 Oct-27-2018

Not to say it isn't lonely, but it doesn't take away from questing in any way is what I was saying. I agree NPCs should be included in some way, but it doesn't really take away all that much from the game. But then you have to set alot of restrictions. NPCs could lead to griefing further ruining the game experience.


Lack of NPCs is more an immersion thing for me. But it doesn't stop fun for me

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05:39 Oct-27-2018

TBH, it's not a game I can see myself playing solo, but I don't see that as the intention of the game is to be played solo. But I played with 2 friends the other day and we had a lot of fun together. Syncing up weapons, and perk cards to suit play styles we were going for. I think the game has tons of potential to be even more fun, and from what I've read they have expansions planned for years.

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17:02 Oct-25-2018

Minimum and recommended seems mostly the same, almost same CPU and GPU, same ram....

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