Fallout 4 High Resolution Texture Pack Review

4K screenshots and graphical comparison

Fallout 4's High Resolution texture pack has been released

4K screenshots and graphical comparison

With Fallout 4's High-Resolution Texture Pack weighing in at 58GB, most gamers expected that this new texture pack would have a significant impact on performance, though sadly this is far from the truth.  

For the most part, textures quality is very similar, with changes only being noticeable in a side-by-side comparison. Below is a few examples comparing the quality of the game before and after the High-Resolution Texture Pack is applied. 

Below in is a comparison of Diamond City, with the difference in graphical quality only being noticeable when you view the comparison in fullscreen mode. Below there are relatively few placed what texture changes are noticeable, including changes in the texture quality of fabrics, and the quality of wooden items. 

These changes are very difficult to notice and are not as substantial as the upgrades provided by existing Fallout 4 mods. In these comparisons below, we will be playing the game at Ultra settings with TAA turned off. This is to minimise blurring and allow us to more easily see the texture improvements provided by the high-resolution texture pack. 

 

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Next we will be moving over to the city of Goodneighbour, taking a look at an indoor scene, where we can see that a lot of indoor items and textures close up. Here we can see that textures for weapons have been upgraded as well as the player's armour and gloves.   

Looking at the staircase below and the other wooden features of the building we can see minor texture quality improvements throughout, though these differences are very hard to notice when using lower resolutions and FXAA or TAA. 

 

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There are some locations in the game where these are high-resolution textures are more noticeable, though even here the differences are difficult to notice without a side-by-side comparison.

Below we can see the exterior of vault 111, which sees some significant improvements in texture quality, making the vault's textures look significantly less blurry.

 

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This new texture pack does improve texture quality throughout the game, though it only makes a minimal difference in graphical quality. We can see below that the texture quality of the brick wall and several other areas in the environment are improved, though not enough to be worth an additional 58GB download.  

 

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Most Recent Comments

07-02-2017, 13:11:42

UncleGamer
I have run this pack on a 4 GB Fury and there was no performance impact. Seems the memory requirements might not be as high as they are being stated or the HBM is showing what it can do with bandwidth.Quote

07-02-2017, 16:07:55

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by UncleGamer View Post
I have run this pack on a 4 GB Fury and there was no performance impact. Seems the memory requirements might not be as high as they are being stated or the HBM is showing what it can do with bandwidth.
AMD have "fixed" the Fury X VRAM problem by making it stream textures from your hard drive. So whilst it may run well enough it's not running anywhere near as well as it should. The textures use 5.5gb+ of VRAM. So as soon as you go over your 4gb everything slows down. It may still be playable, but you will suffer for it.

I did some testing recently and discovered that certain games came to a crawl when they used over the 4gb. Still playable, but 28 FPS instead of like 50. It makes a huge difference.

Seriously, there was no defending 4gb VRAM when it released and it's even worse now (and yes I own one and prefer to use it because it's very quiet).Quote

07-02-2017, 17:28:06

Dicehunter
That is so disappointing, 50GB for what looks like ever so slightly better anti-aliasing.

I've seen mods 1/50th the size that increase visuals more than this.Quote

07-02-2017, 17:33:50

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
That is so disappointing, 50GB for what looks like ever so slightly better anti-aliasing.

I've seen mods 1/50th the size that increase visuals more than this.
Will try it tomorrow. From what I am reading it just makes things sharper and clearer.

TBH Dice I was so disappointed with the graphics that at least it's something to attempt to make it better looking, because as stock it looked like a cow's arse.

I remember the first HD pack for FO3. Some said they could not tell the difference but I could, well. It made the asphalt much sharper and more detailed. Not too bothered about the size of it tbh.

BTW guys, how do you enable it? or does it just replace Ultra settings?Quote

07-02-2017, 20:30:57

Primey
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Originally Posted by UncleGamer View Post
I have run this pack on a 4 GB Fury and there was no performance impact. Seems the memory requirements might not be as high as they are being stated or the HBM is showing what it can do with bandwidth.
There's tons of proof on the Internet that it requires a lot of memory so no they most certainly didn't lie about the requirements.Quote
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