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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
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

The game suffers a bad PC port with poor optimization and essential PC features missing in addition to more issues.[Note 1]
Some of these features will be added or fixed in the following weeks[1].

Availability[edit]

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

Essential improvements[edit]

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
Use replacement video file

Use No Bethesda Logo.

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
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)
Horizontal first-person FOV is defaulted to 80° and third-person FOV at 70°. FOV is auto-adjusted when using ultra-widescreen resolutions. For custom 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 will be added in the December 11 update[1].
Modify 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:
fDefault1stPersonFOV=XX
fDefaultWorldFOV=XX

Notes

fDefault1stPersonFOV controls first person camera and PipBoy, fDefaultWorldFOV controls third person camera.
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.
Extreme FOV values may have additional negative effects such as flickering grass, broken lighting, or animation bugs.

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]

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
Italian
Brazilian Portuguese

Network[edit]

Game lacks text chat.
Push to talk will be added in the December 11 update[1].

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes

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
Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 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
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon R9 290X
4 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit system is required.

Notes

  1. Since this note would be absurdly long otherwise, it's kind of a list. Make sure to update this, with each patch!
    • Reports indicate poor optimization
    • When played in ultra-widescreen, some UI elements might end up offscreen
    • Lack of option to adjust or disable effects such as "Motion Blur" and "Depth of Field"
    • Lack of option to disable mouse smoothing
    • Lack of text chat
    • Lack of option to set voice communication to push to talk (Open mic only)
    • Limited keyboard rebinding options and overall unintuitive controls (i.e. ESC opens a map)
    • Loads of bugs

References