Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. PC system requirements revealed

Shawn Knight

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Bethesda launched a beta for Fallout 76 on October 23 but only Xbox One gamers were invited. PlayStation 4 and PC players will get their chance to recolonize the Wasteland starting on October 30.

Ahead of next week’s expansion, Bethesda has published the minimum and recommended system requirements for PC gamers as part of its overall FAQ. They are as follows:

  • 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

Fallout 76 lands on November 14 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. For an idea of what you can expect from Bethesda’s new online multiplayer game, be sure to check out our hands-on impression round-up.

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GreenNova343

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Wait...so a minimum is a 6th-gen 4C/4T CPU from Intel, but the recommended is a 4th-gen 4C/8T CPU? If the i7-4790K is recommended, then why isn't the i5-4690K enough as a minimum?

Guess I won't be playing it anyway, though -- I just have an FX-8320 CPU, so I don't meet the minimum...

EDIT: Just as a comparison: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-hierarchy,4312.html

Note that all 4 minimum/recommended CPUs are in the 1st tier of the list (although, as I pointed out, for some reason you won't be able to play with an i5-4690/4690K, despite being in the same tier). That either means they're expecting to bring a whole lot of CPU-burning greatness to the game...or they just wanted to limit it to only those that have upgraded within the past year or 2.

And now that I look at it, the minimum/recommended GPU selections make zero sense whatsoever. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

There's really very little difference between a GTX 780 & a GTX 970 anyway when testing on games (which is why they're at the same tier), & at least the R9 290X is at the same tier. But I guess it's good news for AMD, as the minimum (R9 285) is 2 tiers below the others (I.e. roughly equal to the GTX 960/1050TI). Wonder why they don't think that even a GTX 960/1050TI could handle this as a minimum...
 
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Thorney

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Im sure an i5 4th gen will have no problem with it, thats what I use and for 1080p gaming it copes with everything
 

mrjgriffin

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Im sure an i5 4th gen will have no problem with it, thats what I use and for 1080p gaming it copes with everything
I hit some bumps with my 4690k. I won't be able to play this game how I want to with my gtx 980 regardless.
 

ShObiT

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Wait...so a minimum is a 6th-gen 4C/4T CPU from Intel, but the recommended is a 4th-gen 4C/8T CPU? If the i7-4790K is recommended, then why isn't the i5-4690K enough as a minimum?

Guess I won't be playing it anyway, though -- I just have an FX-8320 CPU, so I don't meet the minimum...

EDIT: Just as a comparison: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-hierarchy,4312.html

Note that all 4 minimum/recommended CPUs are in the 1st tier of the list (although, as I pointed out, for some reason you won't be able to play with an i5-4690/4690K, despite being in the same tier). That either means they're expecting to bring a whole lot of CPU-burning greatness to the game...or they just wanted to limit it to only those that have upgraded within the past year or 2.

And now that I look at it, the minimum/recommended GPU selections make zero sense whatsoever. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

There's really very little difference between a GTX 780 & a GTX 970 anyway when testing on games (which is why they're at the same tier), & at least the R9 290X is at the same tier. But I guess it's good news for AMD, as the minimum (R9 285) is 2 tiers below the others (I.e. roughly equal to the GTX 960/1050TI). Wonder why they don't think that even a GTX 960/1050TI could handle this as a minimum...
I'm always looking at requirements and at the end of the day, I still got the game running with my old Fx-8320e and R9 380 2G... now with my re-purposed old server chip (Xeon E3 1270) still the same old card, games still plays, and some of them even at High if I target 25-30fps just like consoles.