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Fallout 4 system requirements

Thankfully, almost nine years on from release, the Fallout 4 minimum and recommended specs are a much easier load for modern gaming PCs.

A fallout 4 brotherhood of steel power armor

What are the Fallout 4 system requirements? There’s a renewed interest in Fallout 4 thanks to the hugely popular Fallout TV show developed by Amazon. Whether it’s your first time entering the Commonwealth, or you’re back after a hiatus, running this post-apocalyptic RPG is much easier than in 2015.

Fallout 4 is among the best games on PC, even all these years later, largely thanks to the many Fallout 4 mods that have kept the community busy. While we sit and wait patiently for news on a possible Fallout 5, there’s never been a better time to jump in and enjoy the most recent single-player nuclear adventure from Bethesda.

Here are the Fallout 4 system requirements:

Minimum Recommended
OS Windows 10 or later Windows 10 or later
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon 7870
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 290X
CPU Intel Core i5 2300
AMD Phenom II X4 945
Intel Core i7 4790
AMD FX 9590
Storage 30GB 30GB

The Fallout 4 system requirements read like a time capsule from a forgotten era. They’re a fascinating insight for anyone who perhaps didn’t get into PC gaming until recently, and realize that a mammoth RPG like Fallout only ever needed a 2GB graphics card to run.

More specifically, you need an Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 7870 GPU paired with an Intel Core i5 2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 945 CPU (they don’t name components like they used to!).

If you’re chasing the Fallout 4 recommended specs, you’ll need an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card and either an Intel Core i7 4790 or AMD FX 9590 processor.

If you want to push Fallout 4 further, you can download the high-resolution texture pack, which raises the specs to require an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7 5820K. This is a must for modern machines as it helps the game look much nicer on the best gaming PCs.

Fallout 4 High Resolution Textures
OS Windows 10 or later
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
CPU Intel Core i7 5820K
Storage 58GB

Across every system requirement tier, you’ll need 8GB of RAM, which was considered on the high end back in 2015, with few games broaching the 12GB or 16GB mark unless you were chasing top-end performance.

The Fallout 4 download size varies depending on whether or not you download the high-resolution texture pack. You only need 30GB without it, or 58GB if you choose to download it. You won’t need the best gaming SSD, but we recommend using one to drastically bring down some awkward loading times.

Still not sure if your PC can handle Fallout 4? Take the system requirements test over on PCGameBenchmark to find out for sure.