Fallout

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Fallout
Fallout cover
Developers
Interplay Entertainment
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
Mac OS, OS X MacPlay
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
Fallout Engine
Release dates
DOS September 30, 1997
Windows September 30, 1997
Mac OS 1997
OS X 2002
Linux January 3, 2012[1]
Fallout
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1998
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Fallout 4 2015

Key points

It is highly recommended to install the Fallout Fixt patch.
The GOG.com version of Fallout runs the best on modern operating systems

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series
No Mutants Allowed Forum - General Fallout Discussion

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail US uncensored, EU censored. DOSMac OS
Amazon.com
GamersGate
Gamesplanet Fallout Classic Collection
GameStop
GOG.com Previous Interplay-published version supported OS X as well.
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store
Steam
Fallout Classic Collection includes Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.

Essential improvements[edit]

1024x768 resolution using the Fallout1 High Resolution Patch v3.0.6.
1024x768 resolution using the Fallout1 High Resolution Patch v3.0.6.

Fallout Fixt[edit]

Patch compilation which contains several essential patches and bug fixes, allows for high and widescreen resolutions. Also contains optional fan content.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\fallout.cfg
Windows <path-to-game>\fallout.cfg
Mac OS
OS X
Linux

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME\
Windows <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME\
Mac OS
OS X
Linux
Save games can be transferred between Windows, Mac OS and DOS installations of the game.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs up to 953.67 MB of game data (maximum 1000 files).

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native widescreen support in the Bethesda releases on Steam and GOG. For any other version, use the Fallout Fixt patch.
Multi-monitor
4K Ultra HD
Fallout Fixt patch allows 4K but it is not recommended. Text becomes too small to read, no difference to graphics quality over lower resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use D3DWindower[2]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Game is coded to run at low FPS, however mouse control is not effected by this.
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Italian
Check here

Issues fixed[edit]

Rainbow color problems in older games[edit]

Use the fix below; if it fails see Rainbow color problems in older games for solutions.
ddraw.ini mode
Only works in a limited number of cases.
  1. Open the ddraw.ini file with Notepad.
  2. Find the [Graphics] header.
  3. Change mode=0 to:

mode=4 for fullscreen dx9 mode or mode=5 for windowed dx9 mode.

If this fix fails see Rainbow color problems in older games for solutions.

Error Initializing Video Mode 640x480[edit]

Custom Resolution[3]
  1. Create a custom resolution of 640x480 with 60Hz refresh rate and 8 bits per pixel.

Retail install error[edit]

The CD version of the game reports an error upon start-up if run on modern versions of Windows.
Installer Compatibility Mode

Run the installer in compatibility mode for Windows 95.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Pentium 90 MHz or faster
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB (CD version only, minimal install) 565 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 3.0a, 5.0 compatible
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB (CD version only, minimal install) 565 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Fallout Release Information for Linux - GameFAQs
  2. Windowed Mode - GOG.com Forum
  3. Support for Fallout - GOG.com