Everyone is on the edge of their seats for Fallout 4‘s release next week but are you and your console (or PC) already well-equipped for the coming of the latest Fallout?
Your first step to playing Fallout 4 as soon as that clock strikes 12 on November 10 is your Fallout 4 file. If you’re an Xbox One owner and you were one of those who pre-ordered Fallout 4 earlier than everyone else, that means on or before October 27, heads up, you might have downloaded a placeholder file.
An admin from the official Fallout 4 forums posted this week a warning to all those who pre-ordered and downloaded Fallout 4 digitally on their Xbox One. The post reads as follows.
“We know you’re ready for Fallout 4 on November 10th, and for those that digitally pre-ordered on Xbox One, we want to make sure you’re ready to jump in right away. If you’ve digitally pre-ordered the game on Xbox One on or before 10/27 and are NOT using Instant On power mode, you may still have an incorrect “stub file” for the title, which is simply a placeholder file. Players that have this particular version of the stub file will be required to delete it, and reinstall the title.
“If you’ve pre-ordered on or after 10/27, you should be ready to download the necessary updates as they become available. Once these updates have been installed, you’ll then be able to play Fallout 4.”
This means that there is a chance that the Fallout 4 file that’s on your Xbox One right now could be a stub file and not the final, correct version of Fallout 4. If you’re unsure whether you downloaded Fallout 4 earlier than October 27 or have the Instant On power mode, you can check if you have the right file by checking the size of your Fallout 4 file on Xbox One. Game Rantreported last month that the Fallout 4 download size for Xbox One will be 28.12 GB. If your current file is under 1 GB, then you likely have to reinstall that Fallout 4 file.
To reinstall the correct Fallout 4 file on your Xbox One, follow the steps listed below.
- Go to My Games & Apps
- Find the Fallout 4 tile in Games
- With the tile highlighted, press the [Menu] button on your controller > Manage Game
- In the Manage Game screen, select the storage device the game is currently installed to
- Uninstall the file > return to My Games & Apps
- Scroll right to the “Ready to Install” section under Games
- Highlight the title’s tile
- Press [A] to select > Install
After you’ve downloaded the correct file, or if you already have the correct file on Xbox One, you can start pre-loading Fallout 4 as announced by the Fallout 4 official Twitter page.
— Fallout (@Fallout) November 7, 2015
If you’re on the PC, Bethesda’s Pete Hines is still tight-lipped about the Fallout 4 pre-load for PC. But those at the Fallout 4 community at Reddit claimed that the pre-load for PC is already available by November 6. But as of writing, the post at Reddit is already removed.
Green Man Gaming has also confirmed last November 5 that the PC pre-load for Fallout 4 will be available by November 6, as reported byGaming Respawn. The post at Green Man Gaming>Knowledge Base reads:
“If you have pre-ordered Fallout 4 from us, you will have your key in time for pre-load. It will be added to the Games section of your account and you will receive an email with your key. Pre-load will begin at 9pm GMT on Friday 6th of November 2015.
“Keys are being loaded up and sent out from now. Please be aware this may take a few hours simply due to the thousands upon thousand of orders we’ve received for this title, so don’t worry if you don’t get your key immediately, it will come!”
Stay tuned for more information as we confirm with Bethesda when the Fallout 4 pre-load for PC arrives.
[Images used courtesy of Bethesda]