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Is Fallout 76 PS4 Pro Compatible?

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Is Fallout 76 PS4 Pro Compatible?

Is Fallout 76 PS4 Pro Compatible?

For the first time in Fallout history, Fallout 76 players are exploring an American wasteland filled with not only ghouls, robots, creatures, monsters and more, but other players as well. As anyone who’s played Bethesda games before knows, sometimes these games can be buggy. Because of that, it’s okay to perhaps wonder if the extra work the game will be doing because of the multiplayer elements will affect how Fallout 76 looks. Maybe the PS4 Pro alleviates some of that stress. Is Fallout 76 PS4 Pro compatible?

While we don’t know exactly to what extent, we do know that Fallout 76 is compatible with the PS4 Pro. What does that mean, though? Well, the short answer is that it means Fallout 76 will run in 4K and utilize HDR (although the standard PS4 features HDR capabilities too).

Anyone who gets into the nitty gritty of video game visuals and the numbers behind them knows that 4K can mean a number of things. There’s upscaled 4K, which is often what the PS4 Pro utilizes, and native 4K, which is what the Xbox One X is known for targeting.

4K refers to 4,000 pixels placed horizontally and 2,000 placed vertically. When a game utilizes upscaled 4K, that means it is taking a 1080p source and upscaling it to 4K. That isn’t what it sounds like though. Developers aren’t taking a 1080p source visual and stretching it out to be roughly four times the resolution — that would look terrible. What’s happening is that the 1080p source is stretched some (in a way that isn’t distracting and doesn’t look out of place) and interpolated, meaning that dead or open space is filled with intermediate pixels.

Without an extremely careful eye, you would never notice these intermediate pixels, but a look under the hood reveals why native 4K is better than upscaled 4K. In native 4K, there is no upscaling or intermediate pixels on the screen. The visual source is simply 4K.

While we don’t the exact details, we do know that Fallout 76 is PS4 Pro compatible and will run in 4K and use HDR. If history has taught us anything though, it’s likely that Fallout 76 will likely go the route of upscaled 4K rather than native.

However, it’s worth noting that even though the game is PS4 Pro compatible, this will not affect its frame rate. Fallout 76 will still run at 30 frames per second on PS4 Pro. If you’re looking for the 60fps experience, you’ll have better luck on PC.

For more information about Fallout 76, be sure to check out our Fallout 76 guide wiki. There, you’ll find tips, tricks, walkthroughs and more to help you on the country roads of West Virginia.

Wesley LeBlanc is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He has a passion for entertainment and the industry surrounding it. He's either playing video games or writing about them. When he isn't doing that, he's reading about them. Get a life, right?

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