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: New Vegas 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

Shares many similarities with Fallout 3 in terms of its engine and performance.
Extensive modding community.
Includes the Fallout and Fallout 2 Original Soundtracks for free inside the installation folder.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Nexus mods, popular host for almost all New Vegas mods.
S.T.E.P. Project Wiki, comprehensive modding guide.
The Vault, Fallout franchise wiki.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows
Amazon.co.uk
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Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows
GamersGate
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Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows
GameStop
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Ultimate Edition only.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Ultimate Edition only.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows
Steam
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Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

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.
Windows
Classic Pack Pre-order bonus, now sold in Courier's Stash bundle.
Windows
Mercenary Pack Pre-order bonus, now sold in Courier's Stash bundle.
Windows
Tribal Pack Pre-order bonus, now sold in Courier's Stash bundle.
Windows
Gun Runners' Arsenal
Windows
Courier's Stash Contains Caravan Pack, Classic Pack, Mercenary Pack and Tribal Pack.
Windows
Lonesome Road
Windows
Old World Blues
Windows
Honest Hearts
Windows
Dead Money
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Official patch[edit]

The Steam version is already patched to the latest version, 1.4.0.525.

Large Address Aware[edit]

GOG.com version is already Large Address Aware.

FNV 4GB Patcher[edit]

Changes Fallout: New Vegas to be Large Address Aware (LAA).
Improves stability on systems with at least 3GB RAM.

Modifications[edit]

Fallout Mod Manager or a similar tool is recommended for installing and managing modifications.
New Vegas Script Extender (NVSE) is required by many mods for them to work correctly.

Collision Meshes[edit]

Fixes collision meshes on many statics.

New Vegas Anti Crash[edit]

Requires New Vegas Script Extender.
Reduces crash frequency.

New Vegas Stutter Remover[edit]

Requires New Vegas Script Extender.
Reduces stuttering.

Vanilla UI Plus[edit]

Fixes UI bugs and inconsistencies.

Yukichigai Unofficial Patch[edit]

Fixes hundreds of bugs that weren't patched by Bethesda and Obsidian.

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

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
GOG Galaxy
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.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming. Add to favorites by process binary name.
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; see Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Possible with New Vegas Stutter Remover.
Most graphics options are accessible on the main launcher screen.

Multi-monitor[edit]

Add support for multi-monitor set-ups[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Fallout_default.ini.
  3. Find the following lines:
iSafeZoneXWide=15
iSafeZoneYWide=15
iSafeZoneX=15

Notes

Many fonts become blurry and terminals may become unusable.
HUD is shown on the middle/main monitor.
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)[2]
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\Fallout.ini
  2. Change fDefaultFOV=75.0000 to the desired FOV.
  3. Below it, add fDefaultWorldFOV=75.0000 set to the desired value. Example:
fDefaultFOV=80.0000
fDefaultWorldFOV=80.0000

Notes

High FOV values can cause scopes to not cover the entire screen when aiming down sights.[3]
If you use the console command fov #, achievements will be disabled for the current session of the game; edit the file mentioned above for a permanent fix.
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]

By default, windowed mode only supports a limited number of resolutions.
Edit windowed resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\
  2. Open FalloutPrefs.ini.
  3. Change the values of iSize W= and iSize H= to the desired resolution.

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. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Fallout_default.ini
  3. 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
If disabled, it may re-enable itself after loading a save, even though it still says vibration is disabled.[4]

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Disable mouse acceleration[5]
  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[6]
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.

Rotating Heads/Floating, non-animated NPCs[edit]

Setting "Actor Fade" to the maximum value should fix this.

Game Crashes Randomly[edit]

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[7]
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.
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 the New Vegas installation folder (the same folder 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)
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. Go 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.
Limiting Maximum pre-rendered frames[citation needed]
  1. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Under Profiles select Fallout - New Vegas.
  3. In section Sync and Refresh set the option Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
  4. Click Apply changes.

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. Delete or rename 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 folder 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 folder 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[8]
  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[citation needed]

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

Error Code 53[edit]

Delete Relevant Appmanifest files[citation needed]

Delete Appmanifest files from the Game Library and restart Steam. Re-install the game and Steam will find the existing files.

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 0x00000003 with Quality or High Quality.
Using Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000003[citation needed]
  1. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Under Profiles select Fallout - New Vegas.
  3. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the flag 0x00000003.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select your quality of preference, but in order to use HBAO+ you must use Quality or High Quality.
  6. Click Apply changes.

Modifications[edit]

See Essential improvements for modifications that fixes bugs and improve performance.

JSawyer[edit]

Requires all official DLC to be installed in order to work.
General difficulty tweak and bug fix mod by Fallout: New Vegas' Project director and Lead designer, Joshua Sawyer.
Contains crude editing, JSawyer Ultimate is a reconstructed version which fixes this.

New Vegas: Uncut[edit]

One of the mod authors, MoBurma, has listed content which has been cut from the game due to time constraints.
Restores content cut from the game in a number of individual mods.
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) Intel 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. The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim - Settings, Part 2
  3. http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/401182272576165919/FEE69BFEC902762FC9B0CE13193A2F426CF79017/
  4. How to turn vibration for Xbox controller completely off ? :: Fallout: New Vegas General Discussions - last accessed on 2017-08-21
  5. New Vegas Mouse Acceleration fix at Fallout New Vegas - mods and community
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  7. Forum:Advlevel screwed up my leveling? - The Vault, the Fallout wiki
  8. Application load error 5:0000065434 :: Steam Community Discussions