Keep Your Head On: Fallout 4 Beta Patch Out

Mike the Headless Chicken lived for eighteen months after being put to the chopping block, living an exciting life on the road with sideshows. Alas, headless Fallout 4 [official site] players are soon to be robbed of their livelihood. The weird and rare bug which let players be dismembered but keep on living is on the hit list for Patch 1.3, which is now in public beta testing for folks who want fixes now, now, now.

On the subject of heads, the patch also fixes companion character MacCready’s Killshot perk, which was making players far too good at bursting those little eyeboxes.

Head on over to the changelog and you’ll find a huge long list of other tweakes, improvements, fixes. Also on the slate are a few performance and stability improvements, fixes for a fair few quests, new weapon debris effects (which require an Nvidia card, boo), a “status menu for settlers in your settlements”, and plenty more. You can read it yourself, I’m sure.

If you want to try the beta now, rather than wait for the patch’s proper list, fire up Steam, right click on Fallout 4 and go into its Properties, then the Betas tab, and select the ‘Beta Update’ option.

But! Dismemberment! Here, watch ‘postbroadcast’ recount the loss of his own head (also where I snatched that picture up there ↑ from):


  1. SupahSpankeh says:

    An I the only person for whom this patch introduces several minute long loading times?

    I mean, it’s like using magnetic storage. Weird

    • Iainn says:

      No, it’s not just you. I went from load times of 10-15 seconds to upward of 2 mins, even when moving between small locations. The fix for ESDF keybindings was welcome, but the load times were ridiculous. I went back to the release build shortly after, it’s bliss in comparison.

    • Dare_Wreck says:

      Weird yes, but not entirely unexpected. This is a beta patch, after all.

    • AngusPrune says:

      Count yourself lucky. I already had absurdly long load times, now with the patch all my save files crash the game. So that’s fun.

  2. 1Life0Continues says:

    And yet, still no fixes for (or explanations about) Tina De Luca or Holt Combes [spoilers avoided].

    Also, has anyone else noticed increased loading times with this beta patch?

    • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

      I’m personally waiting for that too, but my wager is that’s it’s going to be a community fix when the tools arrive.

      • 1Life0Continues says:

        Yeah, I definitely think the community will fix it before Beth even acknowledges it exists.

        @gbrading: Yeah, those niggles are annoying, especially Dr Penske. That makes no sense to me at all.

    • gbrading says:

      I think the bigger Valut 81 issue is Calvin Whitaker; after you speak to him the first time he vanishes into the “Vault 81 Holding Cell” and can’t be retrieved without console commands. Also really irritating you can’t sell Dr. Penske fertilizer after you complete “Hole in the Wall”.

  3. SupahSpankeh says:

    Also robotics expert is so broken.

  4. Maxheadroom says:

    Still no support for ultrawide monitors either :(

  5. TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

    “status menu for settlers in your settlements”


  6. Solidstate89 says:

    I had that decapitation glitch happen to me in Skyrim, but not in Fallout 4.

    Funniest fucking glitch I’ve ever encountered though.

  7. SteelPriest says:

    I hadn’t seen this bug until i downloaded this beta patch :|

  8. geldonyetich says:

    If only the headless survival bug existed in Skyrim. So many opportunities at headless horsemen.

  9. Archonsod says:

    Looks like I’ll be turning off the automatic updates then.

  10. InfamousPotato says:

    That screenshot is absolutely perfect.

  11. welverin says:

    I can only assume ignorance prevented you from making a Johnny Came Home Headless reference.