Fallout: New Vegas

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Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas cover
Developers
Obsidian Entertainment
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
Gamebryo
Release dates
Windows October 19, 2010
Fallout: New Vegas 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

Shares many similarities with Fallout 3 in terms of its engine and performance.
Extensive modding community.

General information

The Vault, the Fallout wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Amazon.com Ultimate Edition is also available.
Amazon.co.uk Ultimate Edition is also available.
Direct2Drive Ultimate Edition is also available.
GamersGate Ultimate Edition is also available.
Gamesplanet Ultimate Edition is also available.
GameStop Ultimate Edition only.
Green Man Gaming Ultimate Edition is also available.
Humble Store Ultimate Edition is also available.
Steam Ultimate Edition is also available.
Uplay (US/Canada) Ultimate Edition is also available.
All versions require Steam.
Ultimate Edition is the complete edition with all DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

DLC may need to be manually enabled in the launcher after purchase.
Name Notes
Caravan Pack Pre-order bonus, now sold in Courier's Stash bundle.
Classic Pack Pre-order bonus, now sold in Courier's Stash bundle.
Mercenary Pack Pre-order bonus, now sold in Courier's Stash bundle.
Tribal Pack Pre-order bonus, now sold in Courier's Stash bundle.
Gun Runners' Arsenal
Courier's Stash Contains Caravan Pack, Classic Pack, Mercenary Pack and Tribal Pack.
Lonesome Road
Old World Blues
Honest Hearts
Dead Money

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[1]
  1. Open Fallout.ini in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\
  2. Find SMainMenuMovieIntro= and SIntroSequence= lines and set them to 0

Mod Hosts[edit]

Mod Managers[edit]

The maximum amount of enabled plugins (.esp or .esm files) is 140. Having more than 139 plugins enabled may lead to crashes on startup, missing animations, textures and sounds.
  • Nexus Mod Manager - a manager that allows you to download, install, update and manage your files through an easy to use interface. It integrates with the Nexus sites.
  • Mod Organizer - a tool for managing mod collections. It is specifically designed for people who like to experiment with mods and thus need an easy and reliable way to install and uninstall them. It integrates with the Nexus sites.
  • Fallout Mod Manager - a fork of the original FOMM, with updates and new features.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\FalloutPrefs.ini
Default settings are stored in <path-to-game>\Fallout_default.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\Saves
Autosaves and quicksaves automatically create a backup (*.bak) of the previous save when overwritten.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Stores up to 200 MB of game saves online (maximum 1000 files).

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See Multi-monitor. Position Affects Gameplay.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Working using GameCompanion, also works using OneTweak. Does not work with ShiftWindow and AutoHotkey.[2]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Set in launcher. Up to 15 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Set in launcher. Up to 8x MSAA.
HSAA, OGSSAA, SGSSAA, and TrSSAA can be utilized through the anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x0000F0C1 under NVIDIA Inspector for NVIDIA graphics card.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled even when disabled in the launcher; can be disabled but will cause issues, see Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High FPS causes physics, timing and control problems.[3][4] Run at 60 FPS to avoid any issues.
Most graphics options are accessible on the main launcher screen.

Multi-monitor[edit]

Adds support for multi-monitor set-ups.
Many fonts become blurry and terminals may become unusable.
HUD is shown on the middle/main monitor.
Multi-monitor[citation needed]
  1. Open Fallout_default.ini
  2. Find the following lines:
iSafeZoneXWide=15
iSafeZoneYWide=15
iSafeZoneX=15
Relevant multi-monitor resolutions:
3840x1024 5040x1050
iSafeZoneXWide=610 iSafeZoneXWide=770
iSafeZoneYWide=15 iSafeZoneYWide=15
iSafeZoneX=610 iSafeZoneX=770

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit Field of view (FOV)[5]
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\Fallout.ini
  2. Find the following line:
fDefaultFOV=75.0000
High field of view values can cause scopes not to cover the entire screen when aiming down sights.[6]
If you use the console command "fov ##" achievements will be disabled for the current session of the game, edit the files mentioned above for a permanent fix.
The change will take effect after the start of a new game. To change the FOV for the current game, add the line fDefaultWorldFOV, sample:
fDefaultFOV=80.0000
fDefaultWorldFOV=80.0000
Suggested FOV values (with the assumption of default being good for 5:4):
Aspect Ratio FOV Value
4:3 79.9000
16:9 105.3000
15:9 99.0000
16:10 95.2000
21:9 80.0000

Windowed[edit]

Resolution options can be set in the splash screen.
However, windowed mode cannot be set to native resolution, it will always be limited to a size smaller than native.
Edit windowed resolution[citation needed]
  1. Open FalloutPrefs.ini
  2. Change the lines:
iSize W=1366
iSize H=768

where W= is width and H= is height.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

VSync is enabled at all times, even if the Vertical Sync box is unticked. This setting can be forced in the Fallout_default.ini file.
Force Disable VSync[citation needed]
  1. Open Fallout_default.ini
  2. Change
    iPresentInterval=1 to iPresentInterval=0

Input settings[edit]

input settings.
input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Some menu keys are hardcoded.
Mouse acceleration
Enabled by default; see Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Native XInput controller support.
Full controller support
Player name must be entered at the beginning but default name can be chosen with controller.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Disable mouse acceleration[7]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Fallout_default.ini
  3. Find the section: [Controls]
  4. Add these lines:
fForegroundMouseAccelBase=0
fForegroundMouseAccelTop=0
fForegroundMouseBase=0
fForegroundMouseMult=0

If this fix doesn't work, load the Fallout: New Vegas launcher and then add the lines to Fallout.ini. However, you will have to add those lines every time you play Fallout. You can also make Fallout.ini read only, which will prevent mouse acceleration from being reset.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, footsteps, voice, effects and radio.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[8]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper audio functionality on Windows Vista and later.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation, see Turkish.

Turkish[edit]

A Turkish fan patch is available here. Separate patches are also available for the following DLCs:

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

Characters "Throwing Up"[edit]

This is caused by conflicting character mods, this can usually be fixed with a compatibility patch or by using LOOT to fix the load order.

Game Crashes Randomly[edit]

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Random Crashes[citation needed]
  1. Try NV Stutter Remover

Game Stuck On Loading Screen[edit]

Perpetual loading screen.
Sometimes attempting to 'load' a save game does not work.
Generate New Autosave[citation needed]
  1. Start a new game and playing it to the point where Doc Mitchell tells you to go to the Vigor Tester machine.
  2. At this point the game will autosave, and loading your previous save should work now.
Load a different save first[citation needed]
  1. Load an older save (or different save).
  2. At this point the engine and game are fully loaded, loading your previous save should work now. This is faster than having to skip cutscenes and wait for an autosave, but requires having other saves on your hard drive.

Unable To Level[edit]

Caused by using adlevel console command.
rewardxp console command[9]
Can be fixed by adding enough XP to level once again.
  1. Use the console command rewardxp (e.g. rewardxp 5000 to award 5000xp) and add enough XP to level once again.

Some Sounds Don't Work[edit]

Voice acting and Pip-Boy sounds (and possibly others) can not be heard, while the radio and movement can.
Windows Sound Options[citation needed]
Can be fixed by correcting the number of sound channels in the configuration of your playback device in Windows.

Application load error P:0000065434[edit]

This happens when you start the launcher.

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Launcher doesn't open[citation needed]
  1. Open Steam as Admin.
  2. Rightclick the game in your Steam library and select "Properties".
  3. Select the tab "Local content" and click "Verify integrity of game cache". This might be necessary several times. Steam will download the missing/corrupt files.
Launcher can't find Steam[citation needed]
  1. Open CMD in Admin-mode
  2. Go to your New Vegas installation directory (the same directory where NVSE resides)
  3. Create a symbolic link to Steam by typing this command in CMD: mklink "Steam.exe" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe"

Game Crashes on Startup (NVSE installed properly)[edit]

This happens when you start the game, and have mods that utilize NVSE (New Vegas Script Extender)

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Crashes on Startup (NVSE installed properly)[citation needed]
  1. Rightclick nvse_loader in the Fallout New Vegas installation folder and select properties.
  2. Select the tab "Compatibility" and click "Run this program as administrator" and apply.
This could also be the result of mods attempting to change the same object.

Player "Sliding"[edit]

Character will continue to move or "slide" a bit sometimes even after they have stopped moving. Note that this should not be confused for the game engine forcing characters to take a full step when moving.
Player "Sliding"[citation needed]
  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to Keyboard settings (NOTE: You may have to change your view from "Category" to "Icons" in order to access Keyboard settings)
  3. Under the "Speed" tab, set Repeat Delay to Short, and set Repeat Rate to Slow.
This fix does not work for some players. If you know of a solution, please add it to this section.

Data Files get auto loaded on Startup[edit]

Affected data files are enabled at all times, even if their boxes in the "Data Files" menu are unticked.
Disable data file autoloading[citation needed]
  1. Go to the <path-to-game>\Data\
  2. Search for a file you want disabled with a .nam extension.
  3. Rename or delete the selected file.
  4. Repeat for any file you want disabled.
If you chose to delete the .nam files, you can recover them by verifying the game data files integrity in Steam.

Application load error 5:0000065434[edit]

Occurs when launching the game in any other way than through Steam due to an inappropriate Steam AppID being used.
Can happen when you have a Polish, Czech or Russian version of the game.
Error code P:0000065432 may also apply when the AppID is incorrect.
Installation of Fallout NV Extenders[citation needed]
  1. Download New Vegas Script Extender
  2. Install the New Vegas Script Extender according to the ReadMe file found in the archive you just downloaded.
  3. Install 4GB Fallout New Vegas.
  4. Create a shortcut to fnv4gb.exe in your Fallout NV directory and add -SteamAppId 22490 as a launch parameter. The shortcut should now resemble:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas enplczru\fnv4gb.exe" -SteamAppId 22490
  5. Use this shortcut command line as an example. It can be used to launch the game through Nexus Mod Manager, Mod Organizer and possibly other launchers.

Notes

This method only applies to PL/CZ/RU versions of the game. If it fails, try one of the methods below.
This method involves installing two extensions. While being mods, they are considered essential.
Match shortcut target AppID with actual Steam AppID[citation needed]
  1. Download New Vegas Script Extender
  2. Install the New Vegas Script Extender according to the ReadMe file found in the archive you just downloaded.
  3. Install 4GB Fallout New Vegas.
  4. Find the correct Steam AppID for your version of the game. The easiest way to do this is as follows:
    1. Right click the game within Steam, then select "Create Desktop Shortcut."
    2. Right click the newly created shortcut on your desktop and select properties.
    3. The URL address should be in the form of steam://rungameid/22380, with the last number being the real Steam AppID.
  5. Create a shortcut to fnv4gb.exe in your Fallout NV directory and add -SteamAppId xxxxx as a launch parameter. Replace "xxxxx" with your real AppID. Shortcut should now resemble:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas\fnv4gb.exe" -SteamAppId 22490
  6. Use this shortcut command line as an example. It can be used to launch the game through Nexus Mod Manager, Mod Organizer and possibly other launchers.

Notes

This method applies whenever the AppID being launched does not match your Steam installation, such as any localized version of the game or a special edition of the game.
As above, this method involves installing two extensions. While being mods, they are considered essential.
Symbolic link creation[10]
  1. Open a Command prompt using "Run as Administrator" (Start>All Programs>Accessories>Command prompt).
  2. At the prompt type, enter the complete path to the common folder inside the SteamApps folder you use. For example,
    CD "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\"
    and press Enter (if the common folder does not exist, create it).
  3. The command prompt should show the above path. If not, try the following steps. Otherwise, skip to Step 4.
    1. First, check to see if the path you entered exists.
    2. Second, if the path exists, check to see if the drive letter of the path is different than C. If so, in addition to navigating to the folder, you must also enter the drive letter and press Enter in order to see the path you entered. For example,
      D:
  4. Next, type
    mklink /d "Fallout New Vegas" "D:\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout New Vegas"
    and press Enter (change the example path to your Fallout New Vegas installation folder).
  5. Recreate any shortcuts using the new "proper" path (i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout New Vegas\FalloutNVLauncher.exe).
  6. Reconfigure your mod managers to also include the changed path.

Notes

This method creates a symbolic link between where the game is installed, and where it "thinks" it is installed. It allows using the correct path without moving the game files.
Game reinstallation[citation needed]
  1. Uninstall the game.
  2. Install the game, this time in the default Steam folder. This is frequently:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\

Notes

This method moves all the game files to the default Steam folder. Make sure you have enough disk space before doing this.

Tilde console key not working[edit]

Pressing the tilde key on the keyboard does not launch the cheat console.
Disconnect gamepad

Can be fixed by disconnecting the controller. The controller can be reconnected after using the cheat console.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio DirectSound
Cutscenes Bink Video

Enabling HBAO+ for NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Use the Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000005 with Quality or High Quality.
Using Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000005[citation needed]
  1. Download NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Open NVIDIA Inspector and click on the crossed wrench and screw icon.
  3. Under Profiles select Fallout - New Vegas.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the flag 0x00000005.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  6. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select your quality of preference, but in order to use HBAO+ you must use Quality or High Quality.
  7. Click Apply changes.

4 GB Fallout New Vegas Updated[edit]

Trying to change Fallout New Vegas to be LAA (Large Address Aware) will cause Steam to give an error; In order to bypass the 4GB Fallout New Vegas Patch must be used.
Improves stability on systems with at least 3GB RAM, when using many heavily scripted mods

Modifications[edit]

New Vegas Script Extender[edit]

NVSE is required by many mods to work correctly.

Zan AutoPurge Crash Protector[edit]

Requires New Vegas Script Extender.
Reduces crash frequency.
Minor general performance improvements.

New Vegas Anti-Crash[edit]

Requires New Vegas Script Extender.
Reduces crash frequency.

New Vegas Stutter Remover[edit]

Requires New Vegas Script Extender.
Fixes stuttering.

Yukichigai Unofficial Patch[edit]

Concentrates only on bug fixes without game changing effects.
Compatible with all mods, as long as it loads directly after the FalloutNV and DLC .esm files.

Mission Mojave - Ultimate Edition[edit]

Incompatible with other patch mods, like Yukichigai Unofficial Patch.
Requires all DLCs to be installed in order to work.
A huge bugfix with about 27,000 fixes.
Contains a few questionable changes that are not entirely lore-friendly.

JSawyer[edit]

Requires all DLCs to be downloaded and installed in order to work.
A "general difficulty tweak and bug fix mod" by the project director and lead designer of the game, Joshua Sawyer.

New Vegas Uncut[edit]

The mod author, MoBurma, has listed content which has been cut from the game due to time constraints.
Restores content from the game in a number of individual mods.
Many mods in the series are not compatible with each other, and are not necessarily suited to use in a full playthrough.
Some mods where indicated can be buggy and not function properly.
Mods such as Freeside Uncut require higher-end computers to perform optimally.

Tale of Two Wastelands[edit]

This mod requires Fallout 3.
The mod is still in alpha and may be unstable on some configurations.
Adds all the Fallout 3 content, including the world, quests, NPCs and items, into Fallout: New Vegas, as a separate worldspace.
Can cause many conflicts with existing mods.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Pentium 4 2.4 GHz Dual Core 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
ATI 1300XT series
NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

References

  1. New Vegas - Skip starting logos? - Steam Users' Forums - last accessed on 2016-5-9
  2. Tested by Andytizer.
  3. Fallout 3 120hz?
  4. Anyway to play at 120+ FPS - New Vegas Technical Support - VGUNetwork v2 (Beta)
  5. The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim - Settings, Part 2
  6. http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/401182272576165919/FEE69BFEC902762FC9B0CE13193A2F426CF79017/
  7. New Vegas Mouse Acceleration fix at Fallout New Vegas - mods and community
  8. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  9. Forum:Advlevel screwed up my leveling? - The Vault, the Fallout wiki
  10. Application load error 5:0000065434 :: Steam Community Discussions