Today is Fallout 4 launch day, and just as important as how good the game is, is how well it performs on the different platforms. That’s because Bethesda is renowned for creating massive, open world games that can put a strain on hardware. Fallout 4 is no exception. What’s not surprising is that you’ll get the best visuals and frame rates on a PC, what is surprising is this remains true even on a budget gaming rig.

As usual, Digital Foundry was quick to get Fallout 4 hooked up to its testing hardware and see how it performs. From past releases across all Bethesda’s games, it’s fair to expect a certain number of performance-limiting bugs on release day, and Fallout 4 is living up to that expectation.

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The game is capped at 30fps on consoles, but both the PS4 and Xbox One dip down to near 20fps regularly. The PS4 is the better console version right now, with the biggest issue on Xbox One being regular stutters that can last up to a second even when doing very basic actions like changing weapons. Both versions are easily playable, though, and a patch (or three) will surely sort out the performance soon enough.

Where the surprise comes in is Digital Foundry’s use of a budget PC to play the game. The spec includes a Core i3 4130 CPU, GTX 750 Ti graphics card, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and no overclocking. Using the High preset the game easily hits 40fps while being the equivalent graphically to the consoles running at 1080p.

Here’s the video of the budget PC in action next to the console versions:

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When you consider Bethesda’s minimum spec for the game is a Core i5 2300, GTX 550 Ti, and 8GB RAM, this budget PC does very well. If you’ve not got a new machine, you’re still going to be able to enjoy Fallout 4 without opting to pick up the (sub 30fps) console version.

As with all new releases, if you aren’t desperate to play the game during launch week then waiting will present you with a better experience across all platforms. Graphical performance will improve, bugs will be fixed, and there’s much less chance of you encountering a game-breaking issue. However, if you must play it right now, the PC version looks to be the one to go for.


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