Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fallout 4 1.9 Update: What to Expect

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A new Fallout 4 update is confirmed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC and it’s a big one. Today we want to take a look at everything console and PC owners need to know about the incoming Fallout 4 1.9 update and its release.


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Its been awhile since the last Fallout 4 update for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Bethesda’s 1.8 patch arrived in November and since then gamers have been left wondering when the developer would update the game again. Fallout 4 problems are still an issue for many people.


Fortunately, we now have an official answer as Bethesda’s confirmed its next Fallout 4 update for all three platforms.


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The focus (at least for the moment) of the update isn’t on lingering Fallout 4 problems. No, it’s on something much different.


The Fallout 4 1.9 update is confirmed and the patch is scheduled to arrive sometime next month for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The update will deliver some impressive changes to the game though only those with certain specifications will be able to take advantage of them.


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Here’s a look at the Fallout 4 1.9 patch and its release. We’ll continue to update this with new information as we, and others, receive it.


Fallout 1.9 Beta


If you want to help Bethesda test the Fallout 4 1.9 update ahead of its release you can do that now via Steam.


The developer’s released a 1.9 beta for PC users and those who download it are encouraged to share their feedback via Bethesda’s forums.


To get the Fallout 4 1.9 beta on board your machine, you need to follow a few simple steps. Here’s what to do:


  1. Log into Steam.

  2. Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library.

  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Betas.

  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta.

  6. Select OK.

  7. Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update.

  8. When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [Beta] in your Library.

Remember, beta software is typically riddled with issues, something to keep in mind before you dive right in with the 1.9 beta.


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Fallout 4 1.9 Release Date


The next Fallout 4 patch is just a few short days away.


In its announcement, Bethesda’s confirmed a Fallout 4 1.9 update release date for next week. Specifically, it says that its “rolling out new updates for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.”


Typically, Bethesda staggers its Fallout 4 update releases (PC is usually first followed by consoles) but it looks like it will release the 1.9 update for all platforms in and around the same date.


Look for more details to be confirmed next week.


Fallout 4 1.9 Release Time


A quick note about the Fallout 4 1.9 release time.


Fallout 4 updates typically arrive in the morning and we’d expect Bethesda to follow protocol when it releases the 1.9 update next week.


The developer typically doesn’t release its patches on the weekend so look for a release in the morning (Eastern & Pacific) Monday-Friday.


Fallout 4 1.9 Update


That’s what we expect from the release. Here’s what you can expect from the 1.9 update for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.


Mods


There are now thousands of Fallout 4 mods available for PC, Xbox One and PS4 and we expect the list to grow as we push into 2017. For a list of over 150 of the best Fallout 4 mods, see our extensive list for Xbox One and PS4.


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Bethesda continues to refine its mod platform for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition and the 1.9 patch will deliver some unnamed improvements to both platforms.


The company notes that 1.9 is “bringing new features to Mod content.” Here are those changes in detail:


  • Added Featured category for mods

  • Added ability to sort Highest Rated and Most Favorited filters by today, week, month and all time

  • Added number of ratings count to Mods Browsing Menu

  • Added number of favorites count to Mod Details page

  • Added required dependencies to Mod Details page

  • Added latest version number and notes to Mod Details page

Look for all of these to make it to the final version of the 1.9 update.


Fallout 4 PS4 Pro Support


We’ll see some improvements to mods and we’ll see some bug fixes and tweaks. That said, the crown jewel of the Fallout 4 1.9 update will probably be the support it brings to the PS4 Pro.


The Fallout 4 1.9 update will deliver support for the PS4 Pro.

The Fallout 4 1.9 update will deliver support for the PS4 Pro.



After a lengthy wait, Bethesda’s finally upgrading Fallout 4 with support for Sony’s powerful version of the PS4.


The Fallout 4 1.9 update brings enhanced lighting and graphic features to the PlayStation 4 Pro. They include:


  • Native 1440p resolution

  • Enhanced draw distance for trees, grass, objects and NPCs

  • Enhanced Godray effects

That’s it for new features at this point.


Bug Fixes


There are also going to be a few bug fixes included in the Fallout 4 1.9 patch including general performance and stability improvements, improvements to reporting mods categories, a fix for occasional crashes while scrolling through Load Order menu, and improved Bethesda.net error messaging.


We don’t expect this list to grow much between now and the final release so many Fallout 4 problems will likely linger on past the 1.9 update’s release.


High Resolution Pack for PC


Bethesda’s also planning to release a free Fallout 4 High-Resolution Texture Pack for Windows PC alongside the 1.9 update. The 1.9 update will deliver the support needed to use the texture pack on your machine.


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Bethesda will release a Fallout 4 texture pack for PC alongside the 1.9 update.



Those who meet the requirements will be able to download the Fallout 4 High-Resolution Texture Pack sometime next week.



Note that the High-Resolution Texture Pack is like a DLC in that it’s an optional download. Bethesda won’t force anyone to download it.


Recommended PC Specs


As the name suggests, the pack will enhance the game’s graphics. Unfortunately, only select users will be able to take advantage of the gift.


If you want to use the High-Resolution Texture Pack you’ll want to make sure your “system meets/exceeds the recommended specs” listed below. This comes straight from Bethesda.


  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)

  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better

  • GTX 1080 8GB

  • 8GB+ Ram

If you try the textures and you a) don’t like them or b) discover your system can’t handle them, you can always return to the original textures in the game’s launcher menu.


58GB of Free Space


On top of these requirements, the High-Resolution Texture Pack requires an additional 58GB of storage space on your hard drive. That’s a big number for a lot of people.


If you plan to use these textures and you’re running out of space, now would be a good time to do some cleanup.




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