Second ‘Fallout 4’ Beta Update Now Available On Steam While Xbox One, PS4 Users Are Still Waiting For The First Patch

After making the first beta update for Fallout 4 available for PC gamers to download just last week, Bethesda has now released the second test patch on Steam. The developer detailed the new changes on the official Fallout 4 Steam page after the update went live Wednesday morning.

Since Fallout 4‘s first beta patch file is still in testing, PC players can simply try out both updates now at the same time. The entire reason that Bethesda is slowly releasing Fallout 4 updates in small chunks is to make sure that the fixes fully work and don’t cause any other unforeseen issues before deciding to officially release the patch content across all consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The new patch itself should improve the overall stability and memory usage of Fallout 4. More specific bug fixes remove a bug that could cause players to become stuck while hacking terminals, as well as tweaks to increase performance inside the Corvega Assembly Plant.

In order to download the update for Fallout 4, Steam users must first choose to opt into the beta test. This ensures that players are fully aware that the content might not be stable before they try out the patch. Regardless, it is still a good idea for beta participants to keep a back up of their Fallout 4 save file before installing the update in case any issues do arise. To help players understand how the beta process works, Bethesda explained exactly how PC gamers can sign up to help test the beta update.

1. Log into Steam
2. Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
3. Select Settings
4. Select Betas
5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta Update
6. Select OK.
7. Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update.
8. When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [beta] in your Library

Players can also go back into their Fallout 4 settings on Steam to leave the beta at any time. This will allow gamers to once again run the currently released version of the game.

Unfortunately, while the beta update process is intended to allow Bethesda to eventually release a more stable patch to fans, the developer has now launched two different updates for the PC version of Fallout 4, as console gamers have yet to receive even a single update. Even with the best intentions, the slow process can be upsetting to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners that are waiting for bug fixes to head to their platform of choice.

In the meantime, Bethesda hopes to get as much feedback on the Fallout 4 beta updates from PC participants as possible. As the Inquisitr previously reported following the release of the first Steam patch, the developer has set up a special beta forum that allows users to discuss the updates and report any known issues that they encounter while testing the content.

On the beta forums, a community manager for Bethesda once again explained exactly how they plan to release future Fallout 4 title updates. The developer still intends to put patches on PC first in order to get properly tested before officially making the fixes available to everyone.

“Welcome to our Steam Beta forums for Fallout 4. Our process for updating the game will include releasing a beta patch on Steam, followed by full release on PC, then release on the consoles. As we release updates in beta, we want to hear about your experiences with the latest beta version of the game applied.”

Are you growing impatient while waiting for an official patch for Fallout 4 or are you happy to let the development team take their time so they can hopefully release a more stable update?

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