Fallout 4 high-resolution texture pack is now live

The Fallout 4 high-resolution texture pack that was announced last week, which will bring "ultra-deluxe detail" to the post-nuclear wasteland for those who can handle it, is now live (and free) on Steam.   

"Experience the wasteland like you’ve never seen it before with the Fallout 4 High-Resolution Texture Pack!" the Steam description exclaims. "From the blasted buildings of Lexington to the shores of Boston Harbor and beyond, every location is enhanced with ultra-deluxe detail." 

It's only been out for a short while, but so far the response appears mixed. Early reaction on the Fallout 4 subreddit seems iffy, but the user reviews on Steam are "mostly positive." Performance is the predictable sticking point: Don't forget that the minimum (minimum!) on Steam are an Intel Core i7-5820K, a GTX-1080, 8GB RAM, and 58GB of drive space on top of what Fallout 4 is already eating up. That's way over and above what you need to run the game itself. 

Redditor Treyman1115 posted some screens of the high-resolution pack in action on Imgur. They look nice—but do they look 58GB worth of nice? That may be a matter of some debate.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.