Fallout 4’s official high-res texture pack is out

As promised, Bethesda have released an official high-resolution texture pack for Fallout 4 [official site]. If your pigrig is ripped full of beef with chops to spare, you can download the pack for free to admire post-apocalyptic cups and corpses like never before. It doesn’t massively change how the game looks but does make it look… more like itself? Good-o! If you don’t fancy rifling through fan-made packs to figure out which changes least/most in a way you like, hey, install this and Fallout 4 will look better.

Looking at comparison screenshots it seems that yup, as expected, the high-res textures are the same ones but crisper. Presumably Bethesda artists worked in high resolutions when creating the textures in the first place, then exported them at a low(er) resolution for the actual release. No surprise, common practice, and exactly what I’d want. With this high-res pack, Fallout 4 looks like Fallout 4 but less blurry.

The texture pack is up now on Steam. It’s released technically as free DLC, which means you can install and uninstall it by ticking and unticking the box on its Steam library entry. As for the steaks your chopblaster will need to riff this picpack, Bethesda list these system requirements:

OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Processor: Intel Core i7-5820K or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX 1080 8GB
Storage: 58 GB available space

What about AMD graphics cards? Bethesda’s initial system requirements announcement listed a Radeon that, er, doesn’t officially exist yet so they hastily pulled that and haven’t replaced it. I imagine an expensive Radeon is what you’ll need. A chunky one. With lots of fans. Probably makes a fair bit of noise. Might make your roxxorboxxor lift itself off the ground slightly. Perhaps you tether it with chains to stop it flying round the room. A pretty fast one, okay?

Some folks who don’t meet that spec say the pack still runs just fine, so you might fancy giving it a crack anyway if your hardware falls a generation or two short.

Oh, and that 58GB of space? That’s extra space, on top of Fallout’s current installation. That’s high-res textures for you!


  1. GallonOfAlan says:

    “As for the steaks your chopblaster will need to riff this picpack”

    Listen up, Droogs …

  2. Ross Angus says:

    …chopblaster will need to riff this picpack

    Splutters, spits out pipe, throws paper copy of RPS across the room in a fury.

  3. akimbojoe says:

    The alt text on the header image calls the guy in power armor a “robot”…

    Either somebody swapped the image, or somebody’s made a very minor, not a huge deal, mistake.

  4. c-Row says:

    Don’t think I am gonna make room for an additional 50GB, though I am looking forward to what modders will get out of this.

  5. Solidstate89 says:

    58GB for just the textures? Damn. Good thing I’ve a 4TB RAID for my Steam games.

  6. Maxheadroom says:

    Does it include native support for ultrawide monitors yet?

  7. Vandelay says:

    Looks like these are slightly better than the ultra texture pack for Rainbow Six Siege that I was looking at comparison shots of the other day. Shots that were used by Nvidia to promote it, no less. It genuinely looked identical, excluding the weird lighting that the ultra texture pack images had to disguise the fact that they were the same (my guess is that it was the same textures as very high settings, just uncompressed.)

    Still, doubt it is worth the huge download, nor the performance hit if it is saying it requires a 1080. Even if that is an exaggeration, it is an obscene requirement for such a mediocre looking game.

    • sosolidshoe says:

      Given the game cacks its pants on my rig(OC’d 3570K, 16gb 1600Mhz RAM, SSD, and the listed 1080 8GB, itself factory OC’d) even now with the normal textures in some spots in the city section, I don’t want to even think about what this monstrosity would do.

      Plus the wood texture still looks like garbage. Personally I don’t think the game looks dated enough to need this yet, even if the engine was capable of displaying the extra fidelity with adequate performance.

  8. Rindan says:

    Hooray free stuff and all… but are you seriously telling me that my GTX980 that I got like a year isn’t enough? Dafuq? Almost no one can run that. If the game goes from being able to run on a low to the middle end computer, to being unable to run on anything but the most insane hardware that almost no one has, those better be some fucking awesome graphics upgrades. Otherwise, that is just stupid.

    • c-Row says:

      That’s probably why they did not include them in the first place. The idea behind an HQ texture pack is to make the game still look good on tomorrow’s hardware.

      • sundawn says:

        Only problem with that: F4 was two gens behind at release and that texture pack is only a mediocre effort to close that gap