Bethesda announced a high resolution texture pack for Fallout 4 on PC. In addition, the PS4 versions of Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition are receiving upgrades to be compatible with the PS4 Pro.
A Love Letter to Fallout Fans
Modern video games boast massive maps featuring an avalanche of side missions and collectibles. While that lets players enjoy a game for longer than ever, the games can start to feel like old hat. So, developers release DLC. However, DLC can make players feel overwhelmed. And, eventually, developers want to create new experiences for gamers. This can lead to players feeling the need to keep up with the new titles while leaving older games unfinished.
Fortunately, Bethesda recognizes this trend. And aim to alleviate that stress by giving some of their most iconic games new paint jobs. Earlier this month, the PC version of Fallout 4 will receive a set of high resolution skins. Also, the PS4 versions of Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition will receive an upgrade to PS4 compatibility. The announcement also hints at new abilities for mods on both platforms.
Here is a list of the upgrades coming to the PS4:
- Native 1440p resolution
- Enhanced draw distance for trees, grass, objects and NPCs
- Enhanced Godray effects
And here are the system specs required for the high resolution PC textures:
- Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
- Intel Core i7-5820K or better
- GTX 1080 8GB
- 8GB+ Ram
- 58GB of hard drive space
Yikes. There is something to be said for Bethesda continuing to support their games years beyond their normal “sell by” date. However, the system specs for the PC seem outrageous. The high resolution textures are optional, so those without high end machines won’t be forced to deal with them. But games publishers are becoming more adamant about publishing 4K titles. As such, the hardware is going to have to catch-up sooner rather than later. Are you looking forward to creating The Final Pam in high resolution? Or is this a case of a developer pushing software when the technology isn’t up to snuff? Let us know in the comments!