Fallout

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Fallout
Fallout cover
Developers
Interplay Entertainment
Mac OS The Omni Group
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
Digital distribution Bethesda Softworks
Mac OS, OS X MacPlay
Engines
Fallout Engine
Release dates
DOS September 30, 1997
Windows September 30, 1997
Mac OS 1997
macOS (OS X) 2002
Linux January 3, 2012[1]
Fallout guide at StrategyWiki
Fallout at Wikipedia
Fallout
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1999
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Fallout 4 2015
Fallout Shelter 2016
Fallout 4 VR 2017

Key points

It is highly recommended to install the Fallout Fixt patch
The GOG.com version of the game is the most compatible with 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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
US uncensored, EU censored.
DOS
Windows
Mac OS
Amazon.com
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Fallout Classic Collection
Windows
GameStop
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Previous Interplay-published version supported OS X as well. Comes configured with the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Comes configured with the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.
Windows
Fallout Classic Collection includes Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.
The Linux version of Fallout 1 is actually a DOS version which uses DOSBox in order to play it. It was exclusive to Desura store and it is no longer available.

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
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME\
Windows <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME\
Mac OS
macOS (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
GOG Galaxy
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 GOG.com and Steam via the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch. For any other version, use the Fallout Fixt patch.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+
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 affected 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
Polish
Local retail version only.
Russian
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[citation needed]
Only works in a limited number of cases.
  1. Open ddraw.ini.
  2. Find the [Graphics] header.
  3. Change mode=0 to:

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

Notes

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[citation needed]

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
"a" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 3.
DirectDraw 7 support requires the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch.
OpenGL
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
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7.5 or greater
Processor (CPU) 80 MHz or faster PowerPC
System memory (RAM) 16 MB (with Virtual Memory turned off)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 95 MB
Video card (GPU) 640x480 capable color monitor; Display Library (version 1.0 or greater) required for System 7.5 to System 7.5.2; Display Enabler (version 2.0 or greater) required for System 7.5 to System 7.5.1; DrawSprocket 1.1.2 or later is required for all (classic) system software
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.1.4 (digital version uses DOSBox/Wine and requires 10.6.8+)
Processor (CPU) G3-233 MHz(Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz+ for digital release)
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (2 GB for digital)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB 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