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Bethesda officially reveals Fallout 76 PC system requirements

Published: 20:02, 25 October 2018
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Bethesda have updated their official Fallout 76 FAQ with system requirements for PC and they do not look good. Even the minimum requirements will require somewhat pricey rigs and Bethesda still didn't specify what performance they aimed at.

Fallout 76's minimum requirements include i7 4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or an equivalent CPU, which already raises some red flags. These CPUs are   than AMD FX-8350, which is roughly the equievalent of PS4 Pro's CPU, meaning that Fallout 76 may not be quite optimised for PC yet.

Then there is the minimum GPU requirement, which is a GTX 780 with 3GB RAM or AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB. Once again, these requirements show little optimisation was involved, since GTX 780 in some secnarios than a GTX 1050 Ti, meaning that one of the most popular GPUs on the market is not quite fit for Fallout 76's minimum requirements.

For better clarity, here's the full overview of minimum and recommended requirements:

Fallout 76 (minimum):

Requires 64-bit processor and operating system

Processor: Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

Fallout 76 (recommended):

Requires 64-bit processor and operating system

Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 4GB / AMD R9 290X 4GB

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

Note that the minimum and recommended system requirements are almost the same, which probably means there isn't much difference in turning the game's graphics settings up or down, hinting further that the game was not developed with PC players in mind.

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Considering that Fallout 76 bears no significant graphics updates over Fallout 4, it is quite puzzling the PC situation is since it requires way better hardware. Therefore, anyone thinking of pre-ordering the game should be careful and we would recommend waiting for reviews before pledging money for what could potentially be a disappointing experience in terms of optimisation.

Bethesda's Fallout 76 releasing on 14 November 2018

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During the E3 this year we had a chance to see Todd Howard present the new Fallout 76 where he talked about the location, map size and more. Beta was announced for early summer while the official release will be happening 14 November 2018.

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