ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

The hugely anticipated release of Fallout 4 is finally upon us, sending a shockwave of fake illnesses sweeping across the nation. But, as eager players sit down to explore the game's New England wasteland in earnest, many have found that the experience of surviving through the apocalypse hasn't run as smoothly as they might've hoped.

Prior to Fallout 4's release, Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines took to Twitter to quell concerns about the game's frame rate, confirming that it runs at a solid 30 frames per second (FPS).

However, players are reporting a very different situation, finding that the console experience is sketchy at best:

The FPS dips don't seem to be as dire with the PC version (providing your hardware is above the system requirements, of course), but those playing on PS4 and Xbox One have had a rather rough time. Giant Bomb's Jeff Gerstmann went so far as to say:

The deeper you get into the PS4 version, and hearing from people who have played on Xbox One it sounds like that one is the same way, if not worse -- the framerate is real bad in spots. Like, look at a calendar what year is it holy sh*t what the fu*k is going on kind of bad, in spots. It's crazy.

Pete Hines has since come out to defend his earlier comment, maintaining that he never experienced any problems:

But looking at Digital Foundary's analysis quite clearly confirms that both console versions of the game are slowing to a frustratingly sluggish rate:

PS4 previewers have noted that the performance issues are particularly bad when the player is in combat, making movement and aiming all that much harder.

Of course, Fallout 3's frame rate was far from silky smooth, and that was still an all-time classic. By no means is this going to prevent us all from having a blast with Fallout 4 - you just might want to reconsider which version you buy.

[Sources: YouTube, Inquisitr, DigitalFoundry, Twitter]


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