Fallout 4 is scheduled to be released in less than a week from now, on 10th November. As launch nears there have been an increasing number of news morsels concerning the game emerging and I have decided to compile a collection of the most interesting ones here today.
The Pip-Boy app
First of all let's look at a new official release from Bethesda. The official Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app has now been released for Android. It's a free download from the Google Play Store. Users can enjoy dabbling on their smartphones for interaction with their Fallout 4 antics on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or PC. Even when away from your PC or console you can still access your status and data via the Pip-Boy app.
Stats, Inventory, Maps, and Radio are all accessible via the new app. Bethesda says that even your holotape games can be played on your Pip-Boy app thanks to "revolutionary advances in emulation technology". Atomic Command is available from the outset.
The Graphics Technology of Fallout 4
A new post on the Bethesda Game Studios blog discusses the graphics engine which is used in Fallout 4. Bethesda says that it took the Creation Engine’s graphical core from Skyrim and added a physically based deferred renderer. The result is said to be greatly enhanced realism in the in-game scenery and objects. Full dynamic time of day and weather are catered for, as always.
The latest version of the Creation Engine uses:
- Tiled Deferred Lighting
- Temporal Anti-Aliasing
- Screen Space Reflections
- Bokeh Depth of Field
- Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
- Height Fog
- Motion Blur
- Filmic Tone mapping
- Custom Skin and Hair Shading
- Dynamic Dismemberment using Hardware Tessellation
- Volumetric Lighting
- Gamma Correct Physically Based Shading
Bethesda says that gamers can thank Nvidia for the technology behind much of the improved graphics effects. AMD GPU users shouldn't worry though, as Bethesda promises "we've made it work great regardless of your platform".
Fallout 4 Build Planner
An unofficial tool, based upon the 20-minute Fallout 4 gaming footage video leak seen earlier this week, has been released. The online app allows you to plan your Fallout 4 character by allotting Perks and SPECIAL points to various skills/attributes. It also includes a handy Perk Chart which may be interesting to those most eagerly awaiting the game release.
Fallout 4 vehicles to feature in Forza Motorsport 6
From today Forza Motorsport 6 players, on Xbox One, will be able to speed about in an exclusive Fallout 4 themed 1956 Ford F100 truck. According to a YouTube Video published by official Xbox, a "super sleek Chryslus Rocket 69 coupe" will be joining the F100 shortly, for a limited period.