Fallout 4’s Next-Gen Update Is a Broken Mess

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Fallout fans waited years for the next-gen update for Fallout 4. From the moment it was teased, Bethesda Game Studios went relatively silent on the topic, focusing instead on more important projects, like Starfield. Yesterday, the Fallout 4 next-gen update was deployed across all platforms (finally) but it hasn’t proven to be the monumental update fans were expecting.

In short, the Fallout 4 next-gen update is a buggy, broken mess.


Not Worth The Wait

I sampled the next-gen update on Xbox Series X and marvelled at the boosted frame rate that I received through the new Performance Mode, and then was taken aback at the number of new quests that popped up in my Pip-Boy. That was where the excitement ended, though.

Players worldwide are experiencing all kinds of issues with the Fallout 4 next-gen update, ranging from broken mod load orders to corrupted saves (some of which have been running for hundreds of hours). PC players are complaining that ultrawide support, a new feature added with the next-gen update, doesn’t work properly, and in the densest areas of the game, the frame rate is still experiencing drawbacks.

It doesn’t end there, though.

It was recently discovered that players enjoying Fallout 4 on PS Plus aren’t eligible for the upgrade everyone thought was free. There’s a price tag attached – which Bethesda Game Studios is reportedly working on now to alleviate that particular issue.

Users on Steam Deck have reported having their settings wiped by the update, which is another issue. Also, the creators of Fallout London recently revealed that the sudden drop of the next-gen upgrade has thrown their project into disarray, forcing them to postpone it mere days before it was due to be released.

In the last few weeks, Fallout has been on a path of resurgence, skyrocketing up the charts based on the success of the Fallout TV show. This is a punch in the gut from Bethesda amid that popularity boom, that’s for sure.


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  1. Unloaded all my mods, opened my save game, and had no issues. Feel like Bethesda has no obligation to support 3rd party mods. But that’s just me.

    1. “Bethesda has no obligation to support thousands of its player base” – Jack C HeathCancel

      You realize that the modding community is one of, if not the most prolific reasons Bethesda games can be played on PC without a CTD? Modders have done more to help gamers play games than developers, because modders can afford to sit for two years fixing the game they, and hundreds of people want to play, while the dev teams are obligated to make the next game

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