Fallout 4 was released in November 2015, and while the game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with no level cap, people are starting to get a little bored. After all, murdering everything that moves in the Commonwealth and collecting scrap can become a little stagnant without the injection of an interesting storyline once you've finished it. But not for long, because Bethesda has announced a flurry of exciting DLC releases - all of which are out now, with VR support for the HTC Vive being added in 2017. And Nvidia has created the free mod Vault 1080 with a complete new area to explore - and amazing graphics (if you have a powerful enough graphics card). Find out everything we know so far about the Fallout 4 DLC including its UK release date, price and features. Want more game news? Find out about some of the best upcoming games of 2016.
Falout 4 PS4 Mods Support: It's finally here
If you've been playing Fallout 4 on PS4 and getting more disheartened by the day at the lack of mod support then there's good news. Bethesda announced recently that PS4 Mod Support comes with the 1.8 update. It's worth noting, though, that there is a size limit for mods on the console of 900MB (much smaller than the 2GB cap on Xbox One). Fallout 4 also supports PlayStation 4 Pro and will render in native 4K and include enhanced lighting and graphics.
Fallout 4 Vault 1080: Nvidia's free mod and DLC
Created by Nvidia, Vault 1080 is essentially both a mod and DLC. Installed like a mod, it gives the game incredible lighting and shadow effects (see below for Vault 1080's graphics card requirements) and opens up a new area to explore.
The mod gives evenings and early mornings a beautiful misty haze - and makes the nighttime and the insides of the Museum of Witchcraft, for example, very creepy indeed. The outlines of characters and objects can block lights, which can make a horde of ghouls running at you along a corridor a terrifying experience.
To make the most of these effects, Nvidia's Lightspeed Studio has created a new area with a ruined church surrounded by misty marshland, with tunnels underneath containing horrific - well, you'll just have to play for yourself to find out.
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Fallout 4 Vault 1080: How to download and install Vault 1080
To get Vault 1080 working, you'll need the PC version of Fallout 4. From the main menu, go to Mods. Search for Vault 1080 and the press install.
Note that this is technically an unofficial mod - so you won't get any achievements while playing it.
Fallout 4 Vault 1080: Can I play it and what graphics card do I need?
As you'd guess from the name, Vault 1080 has been created by Nvidia to show off the capabilities of its new graphics cards, the Nvidia GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060. However, it's possible to play it on less powerful hardware if you just want to explore the Vault itself - you just have to turn the graphics options down. Read: Best Graphics Card 2016.
Vault 1080 isn't available for the Xbox One or PS4 versions of Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 VR: Bethesda announces VR support for HTC Vive at E3 2016
Bethesda recently took to the stage at E3 2016 and showcased a range of news in the form of existing game updates, as well as showing off footage from upcoming blockbuster games. The company showcased new Dishonored 2 gameplay, announced the Prey reboot and even a remastered Elder Scrolls game due out later this year. However, for fans of Fallout 4 - and those with a HTC Vive in particular - the biggest news of the night was the announcement of Bethesda VR.
More specifically, Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 would gain VR support in 2017 with the SteamVR-enabled HTC Vive. No more details were given beyond that, leaving VR gamers with a flurry of questions - will it use the Vive controllers? How will you traverse the map? How will the developers deal with motion sickness when being knocked to the ground, etc? While we don't have many answers for you at this time, we'll update this section with more information as soon as we see it.
Fallout 4 DLC release date: When is Fallout 4 DLC coming out?
Bethesda announced that it would release three DLC add-ons in the months following the release of Fallout 4, with the first launching back in March.
Fallour 4 DLC: Automatron
The first is called Automatron, which was released on 22 March 2016 on all platforms and costs £7.99. It adds robots into the open world that'll drop parts when defeated, and the Wanderer can use these parts to build a completely new companion.
"The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain," reads Bethesda's website. "Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customise their paint schemes and choose their voices!"
You can find a trailer for the Automatron DLC here:
Fallout 4 DLC: Wasteland Workshop
The second DLC add-on, which arrived one month later on 12 April, is called Wasteland Workshop. This is a slightly smaller add-on that'll cost £3.99 if you buy it individually, and will introduce a way for players to design and set cages to capture live creatures.
"Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers," says Bethesda. "The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixie cube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more."
Fallout 4 DLC: Far Harbor
The biggest update, which will cost £19.99, is called Far Harbor and launched on 19 May. Its description reads: "In Far Harbor, a new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?"
Watch the official Far Harbor trailer below.
"A new case from Valentine's Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths," says Bethesda. "Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?"
According to Bethesda, Far Harbor features the biggest DLC landmass it's ever created, and it will come complete with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. There is also new, higher-level armor and weapons.