Although Bethesda is done with expanding the world of Fallout 4 with more story DLCs, they are giving PC users a nice bonus; coming as a free option, PC players can now download and install the official High-Resolution Texture Pack to Fallout 4.
For many PC players of Bethesda games, it is not unusual to download third-party textures from modders for their games; the newest Fallout title is no different, with most of the mods that exist for the game being texture replacements.
Fallout 4 High-Resolution Texture Pack
This may be the largest texture pack that we have seen by a country mile, coming at a hefty 58GB. To put it in perspective, the game itself and all its DLC is around 35GB in size on PC.
Bethesda is recommending an Intel Core i7-5820HK and an NVidia GTX 1080 8GB as the minimum specifications for the new textures; as larger textures generally don’t degrade performance in games, this is probably for players running the game at 4K resolution.
Which makes sense, considering that many users who’ve already tried out the texture pack are reporting that on 1080p or even 1440p resolution displays, the new textures are difficult to tell apart from the originals; the difference only becoming apparent at high-resolution 4K displays.
However, as a note, the VRAM usage with the new textures is hovering around 5GB at 4K resolution; graphics card owners with enough VRAM (hint: most AMD cards) may try out the new textures without worrying of any texture pop-ins occurring.
Additionally, we recommend installing Fallout 4 and the gigantic texture pack on an SSD, due to reports of even longer load times and some stuttering that may occur on regular hard drives; however, dedicating almost a 100GB chunk of an SSD to the game may be a hard pill to swallow but for the most dedicated vault dwellers.
Lastly, players deciding to switch back to their original or custom textures can do so through the game’s options menu.
The Fallout 4 High-Resolution Texture Pack is now available for free on Steam through the DLC section of Fallout 4. We give fair warning to any users with data caps to maybe keep an eye on their data limits.