Bethesda’s first Fallout 4 update continues to make progress in beta and several new details have emerged thanks to a brand new release for PC users.
Fallout 4 problems are still frustrating PS4, Xbox One and PC users but Bethesda’s cooking up a remedy that could arrive any day now.
In November, the company confirmed plans to release its first Fallout 4 update for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The company detailed its release path saying that it would arrive in beta form for PC users before heading out to the public. So far, Bethesda’s stuck to the plan.
Late last month, the company released the first Fallout 4 beta update for PC. The first update arrived with a number of fixes and improvements. It also included two new features including a way to remap the number pad keys.
The developer still hasn’t confirmed a specific release date for PC, Xbox One or PS4 but the release date is inching closer.
Bethesda’s released a new Fallout 4 beta update that brings some new fixes to those participating in the beta process. The change log of the new Fallout 4 1.2.37 update features three changes. Those changes include:
- General memory and stability improvements
- Performance improvements inside the Corvega Assembly Plant
- Fixed issue with player becoming stuck in terminals
This second Fallout 4 update is only available to PC users and only to those who have agreed to participate in the beta process. Bethesda recommends making a backup save just in case something happens. We recommend making several. To get the latest Fallout 4 update beta on your PC, follow these instructions:
1. Log into Steam
2. Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
3. Select Settings
4. Select Betas
5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta Update
6. Select OK
7. Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update
8. When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [beta] in your Library
If you decide you no longer want to participate in the Fallout 4 update beta, you can opt out. To opt out of the beta, you’ll need to repeat steps one through four and then at the drop down select NONE. This will get you out of the beta program.
While this update is aimed at fixing problems, it appears that it has some problems of its own. Fallout 4 beta testers are reporting several issues with the latest update including problems with NPCS.
One user says that “I’m also still experiencing many NPCs that move around the game world getting stuck in walking into walls/chairs/tables etc. Very offputting and really breaks immersion.”
There are also complaints about broken higher level enemies. This is a lingering bug in the game that gamers are calling on Bethesda to fix.
While this update will certainly improve the game’s performance, there’s also a good chance that it will bring some Fallout 4 problems of its own.
Bethesda has said that it will be releasing smaller but more frequent updates to combat this. That way, it will allow the developer “to make sure each fix is working right, as any change can have unintentional side effects in a game this huge.”
In the meantime, Fallout 4 players experiencing issues are encouraged to look at our list of manual fixes for Fallout 4 problems.
Is Fallout 4 Worth Buying?
I've been playing Fallout 4 for almost a month now and I've been fortunate enough to invest nearly 50 hours into the game. The game isn't perfect, and it can be time consuming, but overall I've enjoyed my time in Bethesda's world and I think it's worth $60. Easy.
I'm not going to get into an in-depth analysis here. Instead, I'll run down a short list of pros and cons to consider before buying the game.
1. Beautiful world with lots to see and do
2. Interesting quests
3. Excellent crafting system (weapons, armor, settlements)
4. Difficult choices make a big impact on the story
1. Tons of problems
If you're the type of person that can only commit a few hours a week to a game, I'm not sure if Fallout 4 is the right game for you. This isn't a game that's easy to pick up and play. If you're looking for a game like that, I suggest spending your money on Just Cause 3, Star Wars Battlefront or a sports game like FIFA 16.
This game has eaten up nearly 50 hours of my time and I've barely touched the main quest. I just now made it to Diamond City, the biggest city in the game and the home to many of the game's quests. My guess is that I'll probably put in 400+ hours into the game before I'm satisfied. I'm fine with that. You might not be.