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Fallout 4’s long-awaited next-generation upgrade arrives this month

Fallout 4, with three armed survivors, one in power armour, standing in the wasteland.
Image: Bethesda

It’s been a while coming, but Fallout 4 is finally getting a next-generation patch, plus a regular patch for the vanilla PS4 and Xbox One versions. That’s not some vague promise, either, the patch is dropping at the end of April.

It’s four years since the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S arrived and, at long last Bethesda is giving us a next-generation upgrade. The upgrade was announced in October 2022 but most of 2023 came and went without a patch. Then, in December, they announced the patch had been pushed to 2024.

The release of Amazon Prime’s Fallout series may also have given them a push, since it’s led to a renewed interest in the Fallout games. We also had our fingers crossed for an offline mode for Fallout 76 but you can’t have everything.

So, what’s this patch going to offer? For next-gen console owners, it’ll offer “Performance mode and Quality mode settings, as well as stability improvements and fixes,” at up to 60FPS. Bethesda’s announcement also mentions increased resolution modes, though it doesn’t specify whether we’ll get 60FPS in 4K mode.

Related: Read our Fallout 4 review

The patch is free and the PC version will also get an upgrade, adding ultra widescreen support and more, plus the game will be Steam Deck Verified. Those without a next-gen console PC will get stability fixes, quality of life improvements and more.

On top of that, there’s some extra Creation Club content on the way and it’ll be free to boot. It includes:

  • Enclave Weapon Skins
  • Enclave Armor Skins
  • Tesla Cannon
  • Hellfire Power Armor
  • X-02 Power Armor
  • Heavy Incinerator
  • Halloween Workshop
  • Makeshift Weapon Pack

The Fallout 4 next-generation upgrade arrives this April 25th, free to anyone who owns the original version of the game. And if you don’t already have Fallout 4 (we know we’re going to be diving back in), it’s heavily discounted across PC, PlayStation and Xbox storefronts.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.