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'Fallout 4' visual upgrade demands a monster PC

There's also a graphics boost for PS4 Pro players.
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Fallout 4 is already a good-looking game (insofar as a nuclear wasteland can look good, anyway), but Bethesda is about to kick things up a notch. An update rolling out next week will add a High-Resolution Texture Pack that adds an absurd level of visual detail for PC players -- check out the rust and scratches on the power armor above if you need evidence. To say that this will demand a beefy system is an understatement, though. The developer recommends at least a 2015-era desktop Core i7 chip, 8GB of RAM, and a monster graphics card -- you should have either a GeForce GTX 1080 or (until Bethesda pulled mention of it) the as yet unreleased AMD Radeon RX 490. And did we mention that you need an extra 58GB of storage for all that new art?

Don't fret if you prefer to play on a console, though, as there are also some perks coming to the PS4 Pro. Sony's newer system will play Fallout 4 at 1440p resolution if you have a 4K set, and everyone should notice both a greater draw distance for objects and improved "godray" lighting effects. It's not the native 4K upgrade you might've hoped for, but it could give you a good reason to revisit the game if you haven't touched it in a while.

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