Prepare for the wasteland with Fallout 4's system requirements


Want to build your own settlement, craft finely-tuned instruments of destruction, and jetpack around the wastes of post-apocalyptic Boston in Fallout 4? Bethesda has provided some minimum and recommended system specifications in advance of the game's November 10 release so that would-be vault dwellers can prepare. Here are the nuts and bolts:

Minimum

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 30 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

Recommended

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 30 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

Those minimum specs should be easy enough to meet for anybody who's been following our System Guide's Sweet Spot-class builds for the past three years—or perhaps even longer, for those with AMD CPUs. It's not clear why GeForce GTX 550 Ti owners can get away with a four-year-old entry-level card, though, while AMD fans need a beefier, more recent chip in the Radeon 7870. 8GB of RAM may be the tipping point for many with older systems either way.

The recommended specs unsurprisingly demand a higher-end PC built within the past couple of years. My GeForce GTX 760 may not be long for this world.

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