Fallout 4, More Reports Of Performance Issues Pouring In – Multiple Videos Showcase Framerate Drops

Khalid Moammer
Posted Nov 9, 2015
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It has only been a couple of hours since we reported that Fallout 4 on the PS4 is suffering from severe frame rate issues. Since then reports of performance issues and severe frame drops have been pouring in from users all over the web.

This title is Bethesda Game Studios’ latest and largest project yet following the massively successful open world fantasy role playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Which sold over 20 million copies, according to the latest public tally by the company.

The next iteration of the beloved Fallout series is the fourth in the series and the second Fallout to be made under legendary game director Todd Howard inside Bethesda Game Studios. This post apocalyptic open world epic role playing game is one of the most, if not the most, hotly anticipated games of 2015. With such a level of popularity and anticipation many users have really high expectations.

This meant that so many people who have managed to get their hands on the game before launch and who have managed to play it are quite happy to share their experiences with others. This resulted in multiple successive leaks of lengthy gameplay footage, screenshots and a huge number of in-game details.Many users have also shared their experience of how the game felt from a framerate and general performance point of view.

Reports Of Fallout 4 R Performance Issues And Frame Drops Pouring In

One user who had gotten Fallout 4 on the Playstation 4 yesterday and has been playing it for hours since reports that :

Game has massive problems holding the 30fps when inside buildings, cages or whatever you have a load time when you get in.
Here is a short video I recorded. (No Spoilers)

Originally Posted by Kenzodielocke

I uploaded the raw video http://www4.zippyshare.com/v/YvZYwBxi/file.html 37mb

https://vid.me/5xBk
This get’s way worse when people shoot at you or throw molotow cocktails.
I am no technical expert, but I think this game might be locking itself like The Witcher 3 did. Firefights in buildings feel exactly like fights in The Witcher 3 in the swamp when it’s raining.
In the open world the game has hiccups too, but not as bad as in buildings.

This just isn’t fun, when you can’t even aim properly because of the frame rate 🙁

I want to add, that in firefights in buildings it affected my aiming and character movement. You may not see it perfectly fine in this video, which has also no firefight in it, but I could definitely feel it. Also, the part where I want to go through the hole in the wall, I couldn’t move my character properly.

Originally Posted by DrKelpo

here’s a video, i’ve recorder earlier today.

i just uploaded it, so youtube is still converting it, i think.

the framerate war fine until i used the scope, then it dropped significantly, making it hard to get a good shot.

https://youtu.be/aPAH3bFx3VE

new link of the scope video https://vid.me/HyHv

I did a walkthrough in the same building without any fights.

You can see the fps go low when I am turning left or right, and sometimes when sprinting. FPS get’s really bad at the end.

https://vid.me/5k1k

So I made a video of the loading times in->out and out->in

Last video for today.

Fast traveling can take up to one minute.

In just three hours a discussion thread on the matter grew to 36 pages.  Users from all over the web have also been chiming in. One particular Fallout 4 player who has managed to get the game early reports on reddit that he did experience similar performance issues as well.

Fallout 4 Performance, my experiences — check your expectations

I managed to get a copy of the game from Media Markt here in Germany and have played several hours so far. The game is great and (obviously) huge. I would like to offer a fair warning to those picking up the game this week. Performance is extremely variable. There are many situations where framerate dips well below 30 and sometimes even below 20-22. This is usually during combat. Strangely enough, the more visually demanding/densely crowded areas seem to run fine, but there are some seriously dire frame drops in certain areas that inhibit combat. Think Witcher 3 swamps…
For the record, I am running the game with the Day 1 patch. All this being said, the game is fantastic and I am really enjoying it, but I have to say that performance is not what I was hoping for. I will be interested to see comments from DF and the like. Let me know if you have any questions!

Other users who claimed to have played the game on the XBOX ONE report that they have experienced some issues as well. One user in particular mentioned audio clipping during some weather effects, but claimed that he hadn’t seen similar frame rate issues to what’s being reported on the PS4.

I have had it since Thursday and i have not seen this frame rate issue.I did notice some audio clipping during weather effects like a big storm but it was far and few in between it happening.
Oh yeah i forgot to say i have it for xbox one.

On the PC side of the equation many questions were raised as the PC hardware savvy in the community quickly spotted and pointed out that the minimum specs for the game were cause for debate. Why the GTX 550 Ti and the HD 7870 which are nothing alike, were chosen for the minimum requirements begged questioning.

Minimum
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
8 GB RAM
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

The HD 7870 is a significantly faster graphics card, more than twice as fast as the 550 Ti in fact and  much closer to Nvidia’s GTX 580 and GTX 660. Not to mention faster than both graphics engines inside the PS4 and the XBOX ONE. So why it’s being listed in the minimum requirements alongside the GTX 550 Ti begs questioning.

Fallout 4 1.8 Update To Release This Week On PS4, Introduces Mod Support

The fact that Fallout 4’s minimum specs on the PC were nothing short of eye brow raising did mean that many gamers on the PC sought conclusive answers on whether they will be able to enjoy the game at reasonable settings with decent performance.

Reports from the PC are more scarce as the game disc only contains a very limited amount of files necessary to install the game, and the Steam Preload is encrypted and missing a lot of essential files. So only a handful of people have managed to play the game prior to its release through various precarious ways and share their experiences.

One user on reddit said that he’s been playing the PC game for sometime and shared a lot of detail about the game, including spoilers which will not share here. However the player reported that the game ran smoothly on his system without any serious performance issues.

…The game runs smooth on PC, I’ve had no performance issues…

In closing we’d like to remind everyone to take each and everyone one of these reports with a grain of salt and not to pass judgement until the game is out and conclusive independent testing is conducted.  We’ll play our part as well, with our own Jeff Williams working on a comprehensive performance analysis for the game on the PC which you’ll be able to sink your teeth into shortly after the game is released.

 

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