[UPDATE] – Bethesda has refuted the report by Digital Spy, stating via Twitter that only the console versions of Fallout 4 will be 1080p, 30fps. Fallout 4 on PC will have unlimited framerate/resolution.
Fallout 4 is 1080p & 30fps on Xbox One and PS4. Resolution and FPS are not limited in any way on the PC.
— Bethesda Softworks (@Bethblog) June 22, 2015
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Bethesda’s recently lauded Fallout 4 might find itself in some hot water from fans if a recent report can be trusted. First reported by Digital Spy and then subsequently reported by VG247, Fallout 4 is reportedly set to run at 1080p, 30 FPS across all platforms.
In the Digital Spy report, the gaming site quotes Bethesda Softworks game director Todd Howard as confirming the Fallout 4 resolution and frame rate lock. The report assumes this means a broad lock across all platforms running Fallout 4, which would mean the Xbox One, PS4 and PC would be limited to the industry “minimum” framerate for playable gameplay.
Pete Hines, Vice-President of PR and Marketing, responded to a fan’s inquiry regarding the Fallout 4 FPS lock, disputing the report.
@CMDRnukeclears pretty sure we haven't discussed it at all (I know I haven't) so somebody is speculating or making things up
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 20, 2015
It’s important to note, however, that while Pete Hines hasn’t spoken about the resolution and framerate of Fallout 4, Todd Howard is the one quoted in the piece. This would seem to fly in the face of what has been thought as being a pretty pro-PC, pro-consumer conference for Bethesda. Many features that give players more choice and ways to enjoy Fallout 4 were met with open arms, such as the ability to completely craft whole buildings and towns in the game, as well as fans being able to share mods from PC versions of Fallout 4 to their Xbox One counterparts.
While the framerate being locked at 30 for Fallout 4 isn’t necessarily a big deal, as that seems to be the norm for these consoles, the real issue is limiting a PC player’s ability to maximize their hardware. Normally games on a PC are limited only by the hardware, which allows those who invest in powerful parts to maximize and get the most out of their investment.
Fallout 4 is set in post-apocalyptic Boston, 200 years after the bombs drop. As the lone survivor of Vault 111, players must survive the harsh environment in the aftermath of the apocalypse. Fallout 4 will feature the VATS system made popular by Fallout 3, as well as the aforementioned crafting system which will allow players to rebuild whole cities, as well as force them to defend their creations.
The Inquisitr has reached out to Bethesda regarding the Fallout 4 report and will update this piece upon their response.
Fallout 4 will release this fall on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. What are your thoughts regarding the Fallout 4 framerate lock report? Sound off below.
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[Edit – Updated story with Bethesda’s Fallout 4 response]