PC system requirements for Fallout 3


With the announcement that Fallout 3 has officially gone gold, we’ve put up the minimum and recommended requirements to play the game on PC.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows XP/Vista
  • 1GB System RAM (XP)/ 2GB System RAM (Vista)
  • 2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
  • Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better/ATI X850 or better)

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 2 GB System RAM
  • Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)
  • Supported Video Card Chipsets:

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Reader Comments

  1. Heeeeeey, how come the full details page goes straight from the Nvidia 8600 to the 8800? Where’s my 8700? It’s better than the 86 and has that 512MB RAM thing.

    Gotta be a typo, right?


  2. Oh well… Suppose my 6600 GT card was getting kind of old. Still stings though. But it´s good to FINALLY know the specs. Twenty more days…

  3. yo marcus, use teh windows of your room, dude. double ram for some wee-wee features, thats only push hardware sales and pissin’ off old school fanz

    jenn, keep goin’ you’re not alone out there!

    7600 supported, strike! 😀

  4. Awesome, I’ll be able to play this on my computer! Already got it booked for the 360 though, but if a toolset is released later I’ll probably buy it again for the PC just for that.

  5. sucks to that… the graphics requirements are too high for a new computer i bought 6 weeks ago. guess i won’t be playing this game, even though i’ve been waiting for a couple of years for it. Bad move Bethesda: graphics do not make a game.

  6. …..Um, the computer I built 4 years ago, without even being a cutting edge system back then, can still run this game.

    And you say your new system can’t?? Maybe the problem isn’t with the programmers.

    Just saying…

  7. X850 is 4 years od graphics card. If your 6 weeks old computer has card inferior to that, I guess you made a really really bad deal.

  8. like Pavel said. If your brand new computer can’t even pull those low specs you made a bad deal.

    Hmm the Recommended System Requirements isn’t as high as had hoped, but i’m sure this game will give my computer a fight anyway. Going to be cool playing it on max 🙂

    For those of you people who are still running small computers and outdated versions of windows. You should really buy new hardware and software. It’s really cheap now.

  9. apparently i did, despite its meeting or beating all other recommended specs (though it is a laptop). Still, that’s my point: graphics don’t make a game, and there’s no need to design games beyond the laptop market. Fallout and Fallout 2 didn’t even have particularly good graphics for the time, and 10 years on are still fantastic games. So many graphics-intensive games these days just aren’t good games, however gorgeous they might be. Anyway, Jennifer’s right: Sid Meier et al. are better in making games that more people can play, yet are still very good.

  10. You can’t seriously be comparing games like Sid Meier’s Pirates! Or the Civilization games to an first/third person RPG like Fallout 3? They are two very different things.
    I agree that good graphics isn’t everything, but why not make a game stunning if you can?

    It seems that Bethesda still made a great game with good acting, a great story and cool gamplay, so if it looks good at the same time, it’s just a bonus. A lot of gamers thinks that good graphics is a vital part of a good game, so i really don’t think your comment is just.
    Fallout 3 is not Fallout 1 or 2 and has never promissed to be so.

    “there’s no need to design games beyond the laptop market”
    Where have you gotten that idea?
    Laptops are not designed to play games on. They are a handy way of carrying an office around with you or a toolkit if you ant. Most of the people i know that has a laptop, still has a desktop, xbox 360 or PS3 to play games on.
    Look at the newest trend in laptops. It’s small and handy like the Asus Eee, and not ment for gaming. So really I think you are the minority here, again.

    If you want portable gaming devices buy a DS or PSP.

    Well I think that Bethesda has done a good job setting really low Minimum System Requirements, so that a lot of people can play it and they have released it to the three big gaming platforms, so i really don’t see the problem.
    A computer need to be changed once in a while like a car, a bike and other things like that needs to. It’s called progress and better technology. You can’t expect the world to stay in the same place for all eternity.

    I wouldn’t be hard-pressed to find a laptop that could run this game though, and run it reasonably even. So you just made a bad deal, if you wanted a laptop that could be used for gaming.

    Are you really sure your laptop don’t have one of these chipsets?


    If not, give your laptop back to the dealer and ask for a model that can actually play games newer than 2004.

    You could also buy a xbox360. They a practicly giving them out these days.

  11. Congratulations Bethesda on going GOLD! Great to see i will be able to enjoy FALLOUT 3 with the system my Brother inlaw built for me over the summer 😀

    Hope your holiday sales are chart toppers all the way!

  12. My pc is old (very) and dell (rubbish) so a few weeks back i went and bought a 360 (cheap) now i can play fallout (win) and be happy (yay)

  13. Won’t there be a version for Linux users?
    Is that I just would love to play this game since I’m waiting for it sice 2000… I’ll try to run it under Cedega, but I’m definitly not going to install Windows in my machine, not for this game, nor for anything in this world!
    So here I leave my request to the developers, since a lot of major games are now being released with a Linux installer in the same DVD as the Windows installer. Is it too much to ask?

    Thank you.

  14. anyone know if intel X3100 will be able to run the game without crashing, is a hp pavillion with Intel Core 2 Duo
    ProcessorSpeed::2.0 Ghz
    running vista? in washington state you can not return a game after the package has been opened.

  15. I’m also still running Windows 2000, because so far I have not needed to upgrade it for any reason, and I like it more than XP. I was able to play both Oblivion and Bioshock on it with only minor tweaks. When I get to the point where new games won’t play on it, I’ll probably buy a console rather than keep jumping through Microsoft’s hoops.

    That said, I’d sure like to know if Fallout 3 will run on my machine before I buy it. I’m not demanding that it run on Win2k, but I’d like to know if it will.

  16. dont still see a point why they have to make games so uber these really anyone dont have money to buy every day brand new pc unless u really rich so my point is that makers dont really care a shit about players only rich kids and thats is what sucks

  17. Will an Intel 945gm graphics card be able to run this game? processor is a core duo and has two gig of ram. No way to upgrade the graphis though. I’m a fan of the first two fall out including the war tactics.

  18. What Kreniigh said. A lot of us aren’t ever going to move to XP, Vista, Windows 7, or whatever other Need More Revenue versions of Windows that Microsoft puts out. We just want to know if a DirectX9 game will run on Win2k or not before we buy it.

    All of the servers and desktop machines at the 150-employee company where I work run Linux. My primary desktop machine at home runs Linux.