Fallout 4 and Skyrim Xbox One X patches now live with 4K and more

Following recent indications that the updates were just around the corner, Bethesda has announced that the Xbox One X enhanced patches for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition are now available. And while the games won't be receiving all of the same bells and whistles we've seen from newer titles on Xbox One X, they're still getting a hefty resolution bump, and more in the case of Fallout 4.

Here's a look at what's included with each update. From Bethesda:

Fallout 4

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution
    • Enhanced draw distance for trees, grass, objects and NPCs
    • Enhanced God Ray effects

Skyrim Special Edition

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution

Notably, both updates lack support for HDR, so don't expect any major bumps in contrast in either game. Still, with 4K support, both titles should look much sharper. Adding in some 4K texture mods should further add to the atmosphere.

Bethesda has been an early supporter of the Xbox One X with nearly its entire lineup of recent titles. In addition to Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition, the publisher has included various means of support for the console in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, as well as The Evil Within 2 and The Elder Scrolls Online. One game that is regrettably still missing from that list is Prey, which turned out to be sort of a sleeper hit in 2017.

If you already have Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition in your collection, you should have patch downloads waiting for you on your Xbox One X now. Just be prepared for a wait; several Reddit users are reporting hefty download sizes.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Great to know
  • was thinking about Skyrim...now I'm definitely buying it :D
  • Downloading 17gb fallout update now, game is now 49GB.
  • That's hefty? Quantum break was over 60 gigs!