Fallout 4 has drawn severe flak from fans, given the numerous performance issues and high loading times detected on Sony PlayStation 4 consoles, following its initial release. Fan-captured videos of the game suggest extreme frame-rate drops in interiors, wherein the game experiences slowdowns, with player movement -- especially while entering or exiting buildings. The game has been released on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
It is reported that the frame rates often go below 30fps owing to poor hardware optimisation and inherent bugs in the game. Another noticeable issue is that the frame rate fails to retain a stable range as it constantly fluctuates when players try using scopes and other weapons.
Consequently, the players find it extremely difficult to focus on the visual elements of the screen, as it makes combat tedious and over-strained with completely lagged frames. All Bethesda games seem to have some common pre-launch performance issues on the PlayStation platform as has been the case with Skyrim, reports Bidness ETC.
It is confirmed that these issues persist on the Xbox One as well. Besides, the frame rate problem seems to get worse after the Day One patch released by Bethesda.
Moreover, some Fallout series fans have been complaining about the extended time the game takes to load on PS4 consoles. Players have to wait for up to 40 seconds with the screen going black. A recent video uploaded by a fan on VidMe has revealed that the game takes almost 30 seconds to refresh the home page.
Unfortunately, the long loading time issue is prevalent on the Xbox One console as well. As the game itself offers around 400 hours of gameplay time -- roughly the same content size as the Skyrim -- it strengthens the claim that high load time issue could be related to some inherent bugs in the game.
Meanwhile, Fallout 4 director Howard Todd has clarified that there will not be any loading screens in certain segments of the game when the character enters and exits buildings.
Troubleshooting and fixing issues
Affected Fallout 4 users can fix various performance issues using the troubleshooting steps outlined in a recent thread on the Bethesda's Fallout 4 forum.