The first patch for Fallout 4 fixes a stack of issues, and it’s out right now (in beta) for PC. If you’re a console gamer, or aren’t prepared to try something that’s not completely finished yet, you’ll have to put your hopes on hold – we don’t have final patch release dates for either just yet.
However, if you’re up for a little rough-and-ready beta patch testing, have at it!
Why a beta patch? Bethesda is focussing its attention on the “top issues” plaguing the game:
The freedom in our games can lead to unintentional consequences that are sometimes bad, when the game combines too many unexpected elements at once.
The long-awaited patch tidies up some general memory issues and fixes stability problems, as well as adding some nifty new features.
- General memory and stability improvements
- Fixed issue where equipped weapons become locked after completing Reunions
- Fixed issue with When Freedom Calls where the quest would not complete
- During Confidence Man, fixed issue where player’s health would continuously regenerate
- Fixed crash related to jumping into water and reloading saved games
- Fixed issue where Launcher would not save God Rays Quality setting properly
- Number pad keys can now be used for remapping
- Remapping Activate now works on Quick Container
To gain access to Patch 1.2.33, firstly: Back up your game. The update shouldn’t break anything, but just in case… y’know… better safe than sorry.
Once you’ve done that, follow these instructions:
Log into Steam
Head to your Library
Right click Fallout 4
Select Settings > Betas
Select Beta Update from the drop down menu
Fallout 4 will then update within the next few minutes, and appear as “Fallout 4 [beta]” in your Steam Library.
…and in case you were wondering, yes, this is a much smaller patch than we were anticipating, but Bethesda has its reasons:
Expect to see more updates, that are smaller and more frequent, than a few big ones. This allows us to make sure each fix is working right, as any change can have unintentional side effects in a game this huge.
If you discover that the beta patch isn’t for you (maybe it breaks more than it fixes, maybe it’s just not your thing), you can opt out just as easily! Follow the same steps, but select “NONE – Opt out of all beta programs” in the drop down menu.