Fallout 76

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Fallout 76
Fallout 76 cover
Developers
Bethesda Game Studios Austin
Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Game Studios Montreal
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
Creation Engine
Release dates
Windows November 14, 2018
Fallout 76 at Wikipedia

Warnings

This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.
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
Fallout 4 VR 2017
Fallout 76 2018

Key points

Released in terrible state, with many of the features expected in PC version of the game lacking, the port received a couple of major updates, which gradually added some of the much expected features. [Note 1]

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Bethesda.net Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Game code only (no disc).[2]
Windows
Amazon.com
Bethesda.net Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
Bethesda.net
Bethesda.net Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Bethesda.net Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
Humble Store
Bethesda.net Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
All versions currently require the Bethesda.net Launcher DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes,[3] however a Steam version is planned.[citation needed]

Essential improvements[edit]

Text chat support[edit]

Install text chat mod
Only other people who use this mod will be able to see the chat. Support is growing though and global chat is quite active already.
  1. Download and install instructions: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout76/mods/151

Skip intro videos[edit]

Modify Fallout76Custom.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Fallout76Custom.ini or create it if it does not exist.
  3. Add or modify the following lines under [General]:
sIntroSequence=
uMainMenuDelayBeforeAllowSkip=0

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Fallout 76\
Screenshots/photos are stored in the Photos subfolder.

Video settings[edit]

Display Settings
Display Settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF report.
Ultra-widescreen
See here.
4K Ultra HD
See here.
Field of view (FOV)
Default at 80° horizontal, changeable via slider from 70- 120°. FOV is auto-adjusted when using ultra-widescreen resolutions. To change 1st person view-model FOV see Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default to 16x. No option to disable.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA. No option to disable.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default, may cause input lag. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
As of 1.0.1.114 patch 63 FPS lock has been removed.
Higher framerates require disabling internal vsync. See Vertical sync (Vsync).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

An in-game FOV slider was added in an update and fDefaultWorldFOV edits are no longer necessary.[4]
In-game slider changes world FOV only, viewmodel (1st person weapon) FOV can still be set via ini entry:
Change View-model FOV via Fallout76Custom.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Fallout76Custom.ini or create it if it does not exist.
  3. Under [Display] add or modify the following parameters to desired FOV:
fDefault1stPersonFOV=XX

Notes

Modifying fDefault1stPersonFOV will also modify the PipBoy's field of view. Fallout 76 features an optional Power Armor style menu that is less affected by this however, accessible via right clicking twice in the Pipboy menu.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Modify Fallout76Prefs.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Fallout76Prefs.ini.
  3. Under [Display] change iPresentInterval to 0.

Notes

Disabling vertical sync will unlock framerate from 60 FPS.
Animation speedup issues that normally arise above 60 FPS appear to have been corrected, but further testing is needed.

Disable Depth of Field[edit]

An in-game DoF slider was added in an update[4] and the below changes may no longer be necessary or partially necessary.
Modify Fallout76Custom.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Fallout76Custom.ini or create it if it does not exist.
  3. Add the following lines under [Display] to disable long distance terrain DOF
fDOFBlendRatio=0
fDOFMinFocalCoefDist=999999
fDOFMaxFocalCoefDist=99999999
fDOFDynamicFarRange=99999999
fDOFCenterWeightInt=0
fDOFFarDistance=99999999
  1. Add the following lines under [ImageSpace] to disable dynamic short distance DOF
bDynamicDepthOfField=0

Notes

Some of these commands are new to the engine and require additional testing of their exact effects.

Disable Motion Blur[edit]

Modify Fallout76Prefs.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Fallout76Prefs.ini.
  3. Find the following line under [ImageSpace], and set it to this value.
bMBEnable=0

Input settings[edit]

Vertical sensitivity[edit]

Modify Fallout76Custom.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Fallout76Custom.ini or create it if it does not exist.
  3. Add or modify the following lines under [Controls]:
fMouseHeadingXScale = 0.021
fMouseHeadingYScale = XX
  1. Where XX replace with:
  • .03738 for 16:9 resolutions
  • .042 for 21:9 resolutions
  • .028 for 4:3 resolutions
  • .0336 for 16:10 resolutions

Notes

Vertical sensitivity may be doubled when character is standing still.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Voice, Music, Effects, Footsteps, Radio
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
Spanish
German
Polish
Russian
Japanese
Brazilian Portuguese

Network[edit]

Game lacks text chat.
Push to talk was added in an update[4].

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Game freezes when trying to exit[edit]

This bug appears to only occur when using fullscreen mode; windowed mode is not affected.
Use SuperF4 to kill the game process.
  1. Download SuperF4.
  2. Make sure SuperF4 is running before you start the game.
  3. After clicking "Exit to desktop" in-game, press CTRL+ALT+F4 to kill the game.

SLI system stutters constantly[edit]

It appears SLI does not work properly on some systems, using 100% of GPU1 and practically 0 of GPU2, but causes severe fps stutter.
Disable SLI
  1. Rightclick your desktop > Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Go to "Configure SLI, Surround, PhysX" on the left
  3. Check "Disable SLI" and then apply
Don't forget to re-enable SLI if you're going to play something else!

Icons don't show up in the Atomic Shop[edit]

Restore the Fallout76Custom.ini beginning
This is caused by mods interferring with how the stock files are loaded.[5]
  1. Open your Fallout76Custom.ini file in a text editor. %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Fallout 76\Fallout76Custom.ini)
  2. Modify the beginning of the sResourceArchive2List line in the Archive section to read as follows:

SeventySix - 00UpdateMain.ba2, SeventySix - 01UpdateMain.ba2, SeventySix - 00UpdateStream.ba2, SeventySix - 01UpdateStream.ba2, SeventySix - 00UpdateTextures.ba2, SeventySix - 01UpdateTextures.ba2, SeventySix - MeshesExtra.ba2, SeventySix - GeneratedMeshes.ba2,

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-6600k 3.5 GHz
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 285
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit system is required.

Notes

  1. Follow list is for the issues still persisting / features missing. Make sure to update this, with each patch!
    • [citation needed] Reports indicate poor optimization
    • When played in ultra-widescreen, some UI elements might end up offscreen
    • [1] Lack of option to disable mouse smoothing
    • Lack of text chat
    • Limited keyboard rebinding options and overall unintuitive controls (i.e. ESC opens a map)

References