Preview Build of Fallout 76 on Xbox One X is a Graphical Downgrade From Fallout 4

Preview Build of Fallout 76 on Xbox One X is a Graphical Downgrade From Fallout 4

A new Digital Foundry graphical breakdown of Fallout 76.

We're a couple weeks away from the first big public beta for Fallout 76, Bethesda's multiplayer takes on the famed post-apocalyptic series. So far, our only impressions from the series comes from a private media event we attended, and our colleagues at Digital Foundry released their graphical impressions of Fallout 76, and weren't too impressed with what they saw on the Xbox One X.

Given that the Xbox One X is currently the most powerful dedicated video game console on the market and how good the Xbox One X patch to Fallout 4 looked there was a good benchmark comparison for Fallout 76. Especially since Fallout 4 is almost three years old by this point. Unfortunately, due to either the earliness of the build or the new multiplayer aspect of Fallout 76, or both, graphically the preview build we played couple weeks ago doesn't seem to hold up.

According to Digital Foundry resolution takes a big hit, even on Xbox One X, once players step out of the vault dipping below even the lowest levels of Fallout 4. While Fallout 4 on Xbox One X was able to achieve 4K graphics, Fallout 76 hits about 75 percent of 4K according to Digital Foundry.

What's more textures in the game are "glaringly" low-resolution and there's a strange over-saturation effect that can be described as distracting. Bethesda says that later builds are better optimized and hopefully we will see that in the upcoming beta.

Meanwhile Fallout 76's high points on Xbox One X remains the natural "god" lighting which carries over from the Xbox One X patch for Fallout 4. Draw distance is also great, especially for a multiplayer game with relatively low pop-ins and preserving Fallout 76's naturalism.

Fallout 76 is Bethesda's upcoming Fallout title, not to be confused with Fallout 5. In Fallout 76 players will be able to explore life in West Virginia after The Great War in multiplayer for the first time. While some fans have reservations about a multiplayer Fallout game the new title promises a fresh take on the Fallout universe and new gameplay mechanics to boot.

For more check out our own gameplay preview of Fallout 76 when we played the game in West Virginia a few weeks back. We broke down the new VATS system and talked about the high-level boss enemies we faced while exploring Appalachia. You can check out our Fallout 76 guide for more info. Fallout 76 is coming out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 14, 2018.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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