Fallout 4 Patch 1.2 Falls Short On Xbox One

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Posted Dec 14, 2015
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Fallout 4 patch 1.2  is now live on all platforms, and while the patch is said to boost performance, the boost isn’t that positive on Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Earlier we reported significant performance improvements for the PS4 version of the game, and while the game still doesn’t run at a fixed 30 frames per second, the update does deliver a noticeable boost on Sony’s console.

Starting at its sewers and working up to the rooftops, Bethesda delivers a notable boost in Corvega’s overall performance level compared to the day one patch. Across the breadth of our video below, a run of this area puts us at a fixed 30fps in places where the older version dwelled in the mid-20s. It’s a night and day difference at points. It’s a handsome boost then – but it must be stressed that we’re still in the process of determining whether this improvement reflects the game’s other stress-points on PS4 – such as effects-heavy battles.

As things stand, the improvement is clearly tangible, even if the frame-rate still isn’t 100 per cent ideal. A flat reading at around 20fps creeps in once we trigger explosives in the sewers, while the high-rises of the factory plant still take a toll on PS4’s frame-rate. An overview of Lexington prompts a similar lengthy drop, but patch 1.02’s overall reading is indeed higher in each scenario

Fallout 4 patch 1.2 on Xbox One less positive

Now that Bethesda has also released patch 1.2 for the Xbox One, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry put the patched Xbox One game to the test as well. Results aren’t so positive however, and the gains on the Xbox One from patch 1.2 “are simply not as profound as those on PS4”, according Eurogamer.

Unfortunately, all signs point to Xbox One staying largely unmoved in its frame-rate delivery of Fallout 4, even with patch 1.02 installed. Tests between its launch day 1.01 and this update show few differences in the open world overall, many of which are lost within the margin of error. That said, one clear exception is in its handling of the Corvega factory, where previous drops to 25fps in the initial sewers area now resolve at 30fps on patch 1.02, albeit with a few minor drops. At least here, this patch has beneficial effects that mirror those on seen PS4 – though again Xbox One falls short in direct comparisons.

Outside of this factory though, Xbox One’s gains on patch 1.02 are simply not as profound as those on PS4. The upshot of this is Sony’s machine catches up in scenarios where it previously fell short; primarily when engaging in battle. As a result, there’s a comprehensive frame-rate advantage on PS4 as it stands now, though it’s fair to say some sore points linger on each console.

Eurogamer does point out that Fallout 4 patch 1.2 can be considered a success, but just a lot less for the Xbox One version of the game.

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