June 29, 2017 // 2:30 p.m.
Publisher: Electronic Arts
We use the DirectX 12 API and the game's 'Ultra' preset. We benchmark a section of the single-player campaign, as this is the most repeatable and reliable means, though we've chosen a part that we found to be representative of the more demanding areas. Specifically, it's a manual, 30-second run through the start of the mission 'The Runner'.
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Our Fallout 4 benchmark is a 30-second FRAPS recording of a manual playthrough, where our character runs forward through a woodland area just outside the Corvega Automation Plant. The scene is very challenging relative to the rest of the game, with massive draw distances and complex volumetric lighting. This means the results below are not representative of typical gameplay, but rather of the most challenging points in the game. We test at the game's 'Ultra' preset, the highest available, and v-sync is disabled in the game's .ini file.