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'Fallout 4' PC Specs And Release Dates Revealed; Can You Run It? (Updated)

We're a little more than a month away from Fallout 4, arguably the most anticipated game of the holiday season. To that end, some PC gamers are bound to upgrade their current builds to get the most out of Bethesda Game Studios' latest title. The developers finally released the minimum and required PC specs for the game, so you can see if your system is up to snuff.

Fallout 4 RequirementsMinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core i5-2300 (2.8 GHz), AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3.0 GHz), or equivalentIntel Core i7-4790 (3.6 GHz), AMD FX-9590 (4.7 GHz), or equivalent
RAM8 GB8 GB
GPUNvidia GTX 550 Ti (2 GB), AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2 GB ), or equivalentNvidia GTX 780 (3 GB), AMD Radeon R9 290X (4 GB), or equivalent
Storage30 GB30 GB
OSWindows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit)Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit)

As it turns out, you don't need to spend too much money to meet the minimum requirements. In terms of a processor, an Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 945 will do the job. On the graphics side, you don't need that much power, as an Nvidia GTX 550 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 7870 will support the title.

However, if you really want to play the next generation of the post-apocalyptic wasteland in style, you'll need something with more power, such as Intel's Core i7-4790 or the AMD FX-9590. For graphics, Bethesda expects an Nvidia GTX 780 or an AMD Radeon R9 290X.

For those playing on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the only requirement is adequate storage space, somewhere in the neighborhood of 28-35 GB.

In addition to the spec requirements, Bethesda also released the exact time of the game's release. For North America, the game will be ready on November 10 at 12:01am EST. In Asia, the game comes out on November 11 at 12am local time. The exception is Japan, which will get it last, at 12am local time on December 17.

Update, 10/8/2015, 2:40 pm: A typo was corrected in the text stating that the minimum Intel CPU was an Intel Core i3-2300. It's been corrected to the correct CPU, the Intel Core i5-2300.

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  • Digmeahole
    Where is the answer to the BIG question? Will they offer a DX12 PATCH????!!!!! They had plenty of time to port one!
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  • Quixit
    Where is the answer to the BIG question? Will they offer a DX12 PATCH????!!!!! They had plenty of time to port one!

    No, they definitely didn't have enough time. DirectX 12 is not just an update to DirectX 11 it's a totally different type of API.
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  • RazberyBandit
    Are the GPU min specs right? The 7870 and 550Ti aren't in the same class, nor are they even close on Tom's own Hierarchy Chart. Either the nVIDIA min card is wrong or nVIDIA spent a helluva lot more time and money on this title's optimization than AMD did.

    Is Fallout 4 an official TWIMTBP title?
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  • kawininjazx
    What is an i5 2300?
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  • Maxime506
    The trend is: since fallout 4 requires a physical quad-core especially like an i5 as minimum, i3 probably not gonna cut it in future next-gen, not mentioning a g3258
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  • Cryio
    "Nvidia GTX 550 Ti (2 GB), AMD Radeon HD 7870 "

    I know specs are bullcrap, but my god, is this a stretch.
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  • Nuwan Fernando
    There's typo.. Intel Core i3-2300..
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  • Digmeahole
    Where is the answer to the BIG question? Will they offer a DX12 PATCH????!!!!! They had plenty of time to port one!

    No, they definitely didn't have enough time. DirectX 12 is not just an update to DirectX 11 it's a totally different type of API.
    Where is the answer to the BIG question? Will they offer a DX12 PATCH????!!!!! They had plenty of time to port one!

    No, they definitely didn't have enough time. DirectX 12 is not just an update to DirectX 11 it's a totally different type of API.

    It took two engineers six weeks to port a dx 11 game to dx 12 to show how easily it could be done. Six weeks for two people....do the math....they had plenty of time.
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  • Jeremy Kincaid
    Are the GPU min specs right? The 7870 and 550Ti aren't in the same class, nor are they even close on Tom's own Hierarchy Chart. Either the nVIDIA min card is wrong or nVIDIA spent a helluva lot more time and money on this title's optimization than AMD did.

    Indeed. 550 ti has 192 cuda cores so it is on par with the tegra soc's. hd 7870 has 1280 stream processors so it is on par (slightly better) than current consoles. Anandtech's benchmarks show the 7870 to be over twice as fast. I have an hd 7850 so i really hope its a typo and they meant like a hd 5870 or something. Although it is only 1 gb and they seem to want 2gb.

    Also I hope to see this game be less processor bound then their other titles. Building gaming pc's is hard when you can get a cheap cpu that can run 99% of games just fine but then you get to Skyrim things get all clunky. I understand they have a lot more AI stuff going on than pretty much any other game, but when most other games benefit more from a powerful gpu it's hard to justify getting a good cpu for just one game when you are poor like me :C.
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  • Sakkura
    16750308 said:
    Indeed. 550 ti has 192 cuda cores so it is on par with the tegra soc's. hd 7870 has 1280 stream processors so it is on par (slightly better) than current consoles. Anandtech's benchmarks show the 7870 to be over twice as fast. I have an hd 7850 so i really hope its a typo and they meant like a hd 5870 or something. Although it is only 1 gb and they seem to want 2gb.

    The Fermi architecture shaders in the GTX 550 Ti have a hot clock, which means each shader is essentially comparable to 2 shaders in an architecture without a hot clock. So think 384 shaders, not 192. Still pretty low-end, and obviously inferior to the 7870 by a very wide margin.

    Official hardware requirements are always inaccurate.
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