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Fallout 76 PC Requirements: 3 Things to Know

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If you just built or purchased a high-end Windows PC you should be able to run Fallout 76 on its highest settings. If your rig is getting up there in age, and you want the best version of Fallout 76, you might have to make some upgrades to your setup.

Fallout 76 is now out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. If you own a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One X, you’ll be treated to 4K resolution and HDR (High Definition Range) support. You won’t get those features on the original Xbox One or PS4, but the game will still be playable.

If you plan to play the game on a Windows PC, you’ll need to make sure your desktop or laptop is capable of running the game. If your Windows device fails to meet the minimum requirements, it will likely be unplayable. And if you’re unable to match the recommended specs, you might run into additional bugs and performance issues.

With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about Fallout 76 spec requirements before you buy a copy of the game.

Fallout 76 PC Requirements

Now that Fallout 76 is out, we know the game’s official minimum and recommended PC requirements. Here’s what they look like:

Fallout 76 (minimum):

  • Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600k 3.5 GHz /AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

Fallout 76 (recommended):

  • Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 4GB / AMD R9 290X 4GB
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

Can My PC Run Fallout 76?

Now that the specs are official you can quickly crosscheck your PC. There are a few ways to do this.

The quickest way to track down your PC’s specific hardware is via the System Information panel in Windows. Go to your Start Menu, select Run and type in msinfo32. Here you’ll find your computer’s specs.

You can also use the website Can You Run It. Can You Run It provides a quick and easy way to figure out if your Windows PC can run certain games.

Head to Can You Run It’s Fallout 76 page and use it to gauge if you might need to make some hardware upgrades to your Windows PC.

You’ll need to download a desktop application, but this app will help you figure out your specs and determine if your PC fits the game’s requirements.

If you fall below the threshold, you’ll want to look into making some upgrades before you buy the game.

What If My PC Doesn’t Meet Requirements?

If your computer doesn’t meet Bethesda’s minimum requirements, the game will run poorly. In many cases, it won’t run at all.

If you want the best version of Fallout 76, you’ll need a Windows PC that comes with a good amount of RAM, a newer processor, an updated graphics card, and lots of free space on your internal storage.

Fallout 76 will run on PC’s using the recommended specs, but you probably won’t be able to run it on the highest settings. You’ll likely have to go into the game’s settings and tone down the settings in order to make it playable.

3 Reasons to Buy Fallout 76 & 7 Reasons to Wait

Buy If You Love Online Games & Fallout

Buy If You Love Online Games & Fallout

If you like the sound of an online Fallout-style RPG, you might want to buy a copy of Fallout 76. 

Fallout 76 is an online survival RPG inspired by games like Rust and DayZ

It's much different than the Fallout games you're used to, but it still has quests, a leveling system, V.A.T.S. (though it's nothing like the V.A.T.S. from previous games) and tons of enemies to kill just like Bethesda's traditional single-player RPGs.

It also has base building (dubbed C.A.M.P.), something Bethesda introduced in Fallout 4 back in 2015. Fallout 76 allows you to build anywhere on the map.

Fallout 76 is more Fallout Online/Elder Scrolls Online than Fallout 5. If sharing an open, evolving Fallout world with friends sounds amazing, think about buying a copy of the game today, tomorrow, or sometime in the near future. 

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  1. Ron Derrick

    11/17/2018 at 2:04 pm

    If you’re looking for more specific information on what video card to buy to play Fallout 76, I found this guide to be helpful: https://daydull.com/reviews/fallout-76-video-card-buyers-guide-the-best-gpu-for-every-budget/ – it lists the best graphics cards sales and their Fallout 76 benchmarks. Good to know exactly what performance you’ll get for the money.

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