The long-awaited Fallout 4 is almost here. By now, gameplay and story spoilers have leaked onto the internet, but Bethesda has only recently officially revealed system requirements for the game, so we could at least see whether our PCs are ready for a new challenge in the post-apocalypse world.
Minimum system requirements for CPU and GPU
CPU – Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz, AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
GPU – nVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB, AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent
Recommended system requirements for CPU and GPU
CPU – Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz, AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
GPU – nVIDIA GTX 780 3GB, AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent
Operating system – Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
RAM – 8 GB
HDD free space – 30 GB
Also, it is compulsory to have an Internet connection available and free Steam account registered in order to activate the game.
Are we ready?
As we can see here, the minimal specifications are not too demanding and the vast number of gamers with similar configurations of their rigs will be able to run the game without having too much troubles. Of course, not on the maximum graphics settings, but hopefully smooth enough on medium to begin the journey.
For those of your who possess low or average budget systems, but are still eager to try out the new Pip-Boy and experience the wasteland in ultra graphics quality, maybe it is the time to consider upgrading or even building the whole new system from scratch. Otherwise, your custom gaming PC will not be able to run it or surely struggle to cope.
Although the Intel Core i7-4790 is recommended that doesn’t mean the new 6th Generation (Skylake-S) Intel Core i5-6600K ($250-$300), for example, won’t do the job as good or better. Especially, considering the unlocked cores, which would give an opportunity to overclock it and get more performance without additional cost. However, be aware – if you’ll move to a new Intel Skylake platform, you’d have to change your motherboard and most probably RAM modules, since it is the newest Socket LGA1151.
As for video cards, we would recommend to consider upgrading to those cards recommended by Bethesda (or better, if budget allows). Older generations of video cards won’t give you a high quality graphics, if you really want to get the experience as developers intend it.
Also, according to Bethesda, there would be a regular updates available, which will be adding new features to the game, so bear in mind that Fallout’s share of HDD will increase over time and consider having some space available.
So, are you ready to leave the Vault 111 and explore the wasteland with you dog friend? We certainly hope you do… Good Luck!