You'll Need A Powerful PC To Pull Off Fallout 4's Hi-Res Texture Pack

If you want the power armor in your PC version of Fallout 4 to look this gloriously scratched and rusted, you’d best bring the hardware. Bethesda’s official high-resolution texture pack features some weighty recommended specs, including an AMD card that isn’t even out yet.

Available next week along with a PlayStation 4 Pro update that adds native 1440p support and other enhancements, the high-resolution texture pack for PC is going to make your post-apocalypse look absolutely gorgeous, if your PC can handle it.


Right click on the 4K image below and open it in a new tab or window to see what I mean. The dirt in the tire treads, nicks in the brickwork—I could stare at it for hours.

To get the full effect I might have to, as while I’ve got the Nvidia GTX 1080 with 8GB of ram listed in the recommended specs, I really need a CPU upgrade.

Here’s what Bethesda is recommending:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better
  • GTX 1080 8GB/AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB
  • 8GB+ Ram

And yes, the AMD Radeon RX 490 card has not yet been released, so good luck getting your hands on one of those.


Now these are just “recommended” specs, so your less powerful PC might run things well enough for screenshots. Plus this is Fallout 4, which we’ll still be playing by the time those hardware recommendations are met by digital watches.

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