Bethesda Softworks this week announced that Fallout 4 would be receiving big graphical upgrades on the PC and PS4 Pro platforms. If you’ve been playing Fallout 4 on PC, you’ll have noticed by now that the game has a a problem with textures. More specifically, they don’t look good at any resolution beyond 1080p, and the modding community has set about fixing this with high-resolution reworked texture packs that had to be added in manually using a mod menu. Bethesda has now come up with a HD texture pack of their own for PC gamers to take advantage of, and it’ll be available for free. For PS4 Pro owners, there’s some graphical enhancements coming your way as well.
For the PS4 Pro, Fallout 4 version 1.9 brings some better godray lighting effects that looked okay on the PS4, but didn’t really match up to the PC version. With this update, Bethesda has also added in a native 1440p rendering mode for running the game on a UHD 4K display, as well as increased the draw distance for trees, grass, game objects, and NPCs. Fallout 4 is still a heavily CPU-dependent game with crazy amounts of shadowing going on, so they can’t crank things up too far on the PS4 Pro. The game still runs at thirty frames per second even if you’re using a 1080p display, but you’ll get the increased draw distance and godrays. No HDR support is planned yet, it seems.
For the PC, a gigantic, free texture pack is in the works, and it’ll be available sometime next week as a separate 58GB download. This texture pack is just as big as the game itself, so you know it’s going to make it look great. The upgrade seems to resemble a lot of texture packs that were already available through the modding community, so it’s possible that Bethesda has taken their reworked textures and bundled it into an official upgrade that can be better distributed through Steam.
Running the texture pack add-on seems to be quite a lofty goal, however, akin to the reworks of Crysis 2 and The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. Running Fallout 4 with these new textures requires a 64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10 installation, an Intel Core i7-5820K or better, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB or better, and 8GB or more system RAM. It’s the first time that I’ve seen a game require this much horsepower for a texture mod, so we’ll have to wait and see if all that is really necessary.