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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 guide at StrategyWiki
Fallout
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1998
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Fallout 4 2015
Fallout Shelter 2016

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

Official game page
The Vault - A huge wiki for the series
No Mutants Allowed - General Fallout Discussion
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

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. Comes configured with the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store
Steam Comes configured with the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.
Fallout Classic Collection includes Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.

Essential improvements[edit]

Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch[edit]

1024x768 resolution using the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch v3.0.6.
1024x768 resolution using the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch v3.0.6.
Can also be downloaded as part of the Fallout Fixt mod compilation
Included with the GOG.com and Steam releases

A utility/patch that modifies the game in memory to add support for windowed mode, higher resolutions, and various other enhancements.

Further details can be found in the official thread.

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]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

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]

In-game video settings (GOG.com version).
In-game video settings (GOG.com version).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native widescreen support in the Bethesda releases on Steam and GOG via the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch. 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 or the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.[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
Master, music/movie, SFX and speech
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Download here
Spanish

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.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 Requires the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.
DirectDraw 3.0a, 7 DirectDraw 7 support requires the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.
OpenGL Unknown Mac OS, OS X, and Linux only.
DOS video modes SVGA
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB (CD version only, minimal install) 661 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 3.0a 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