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The Outer Worlds patch fixes small text size, adds foliage parity between consoles (update)

The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Outer Worlds is a first-person role-playing game from Obsidian Entertainment.
  • Since launch, players have been complaining about its small text size.
  • There's a patch to fix that.
  • You can access The Outer Worlds through Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

Updated November 19, 2019: Today, Obsidian Entertainment released a patch for The Outer Worlds that not only increases font size of conversations, but also fixes a lot of other bugs. You can take a look at all of the changes below.

  • Fixed the game crashing at a specific point when the player has reached Tartarus.
  • Toggle to increase the font size in Settings.
  • The Prismatic Hammer has been rebalanced and no longer incorrectly uses the level multiplier as an exponent instead of a multiplier.
  • Existing Botched companion quests will have their status reset to Active allowing the player to add them to a party when leaving the ship.
  • Fix for Radio Free Monarch where issues would happen when talking to Nayoka while having SAM in your party.
  • Foliage on the Xbox One now has parity with the foliage on PlayStation 4.
  • The achievement for It's Not the Best Choice will pop correctly.

The Outer Worlds is a first-person role-playing game that takes you to various planets. While the title has received a lot of critical acclaim, there are some issues like small text size and more. Luckily, the game is about to get a patch to fix all that.

According to a report by TrueAchievements, the next update will fix a lot. The main tweaks can be seen below.

  • Fixed the crashing issue in Tartarus.
  • Increased font size in conversations and subtitles.
  • Fixed companions dying and failing companion quests on modes other than "Supernova."
  • Fixed unable to finish Radio Free Monarch bug.

It's great to see that The Outer Worlds is addressing customer complaints in a timely fashion. Hopefully, other changes based on player feedback will be rolled out in a similar fashion. One of the biggest complaints Xbox One owners have is that there is less foliage in the world when compared to the PlayStation 4 version. While the Xbox One X port runs at native 4K resolution, compared to 1440p on PlayStation 4 Pro, it would still be nice to have the same level of detail. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • Patch coming right as my game pass trial expires. I guess I'll have to renew. The small text is really the only complaint I have about the game.
  • Yay! I can read finally.
  • Take note The Coalition!
  • I haven't had an issue with text size personally, but it's cool to know it's been fixed.
  • I want a dlc already
  • Ok, I completed it last night. I guess I'll play through it again with the enlarged text when the patch comes through. I read there are multiple endings.
  • How did they miss something this bleeding obvious to begin with before launch though? Where is the grass and ground texture fix for Xbox one X as well as more aggressive resolution scaling so that it hits the 30 fps mark in combat too?. Digital Foundry was pretty scathing of the lack of Xbox one X optimisations and this was something i expected Windows Central especially to be concerned over. Considering Microsoft owns this studio the game is favouring PS4 users over Xbox which is pretty pathetic. Phil needs to pull his finger out and ensure people with Xbox One X especially get what they are paying for from this console as lately it is a disgrace. Modern warfare broken with tearing, NFS heat same settings as PS4 Pro and even uses checkerboard rendering despite claiming it was a 4k game in the Xbox Store. No wonder Xbox is failing compared to Sony as mainly this is due to pathetic Xbox one X support over the time outside of backwards compatibility. It just seems because this is a Gamepass title Xbox one X owners yet again will get a gimped version because the studio just can't be bothered taking advantage of the console beyond a token resolution bump and 4k textures.
    What was the point of 4k textures at the cost of missing ground detail even compared to a base PS4?
  • I'm glad I just don't have the time to concern myself with such petty comparisons of systems. That must really ruin the enjoyment of, you know, playing games for fun. Sure it sucks that sometimes Xbox owners get the 2nd class treatment, but in reality we all get it compared to PC owners, and always have.
  • Well maybe you are happy to play with rubbish frame rates and graphics settings from Microsoft owned studios but it is fast becoming apparent that game pass is just a convenient excuse to give less treatment to the game and just release it in any old state. I am downloading it for PC anyway and will play it there as it's horrible on Xbox one X . Especially intensive combat. They didn't even try to optimise the game. It's not sometimes Xbox is being treated as 2nd class citizens though. Modern Warfare has bad screen tearing on Xbox one X where it doesn't on PS4 Pro. We are all paying the same money regardless of console so we need to take a stand and get our money's worth from these developers. Just giving in is giving them a free pass to continue to release shoddy ports. Then we had Anthem which runs better on Pro than X. It's clear Microsoft needs to set a much higher standard of what they will accept from third party developers. So much for quality control.
  • Microsoft didn't publish this game.
  • Combat seems fine for me on the One X, has kept a stable 30 frames, but I do most of my gaming on a console so I guess I'm used to less than stellar frame rates. That being said, I just looked at a comparison and there is no denying both the PS4 and PS4 Pro versions are the best looking visually. But eh, still looks good on the X.
  • What avatar said. Also bear on mind it was made prior to the acquisition, ps has many more consoles sold than ms so bigher audience to give the improvements too. That said if a few blades of grass bother you you perhaps need to reevaluate your life.
  • Game was too short. Did basically every mission 18 hours. Way too short.