Bethesda, Why??? Fallout 76's First Patch is Over 50 GB on Consoles

Fallout 76
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We all know Bethesda really likes massive game files. We've known that for years. However, usually that only accounts for the initial download. Bethesda doesn't often do live multiplayer games, after all. However, Fallout 76 is indeed a live multiplayer game, which means that major patch updates are going to be a regular thing. The game has only been live for about a week, so this patch is the first one for the game. And it is a massive download for console players.

As Dualshockers reports:

On PS4, today's update comes in at an astounding 47GB while on Xbox One it comes in just a bit higher at 48GB. Sizable patches like this are sometimes seen near the release of a game like this and Bethesda had already gotten out ahead of time by saying fans should expect this. At least on PC the patch only comes in at 15GB.

So just what's included in this gigantic update? Well, not much, at least judging by simply looking at the patch notes. Bethesda had stated before this new update was released that it would focus mainly on stabilization and overall just improving the game. There are a few bugs that are also fixed in this patch, but nothing that seems to indicate the game would require this insane 50GB file size.

While the patch details are mostly performance and stability updates along with some bug fixes, it is possible the data pack comes with some background work for future updates packaged in there. It is a common strategy for live service games to push massive updates that lay the groundwork for future, smaller patches to save on download times down the road. However, there's no way for us to tell just yet.

The full patch notes for Fallout 76 update are below:


  • Performance: Several issues have been addressed to resolve hitches during gameplay and other performance issues.
  • Stability: The Fallout 76 game client and servers have received additional stability improvements.
  • Xbox: Fixed an issue that could lead to instability on certain menus.



  • Ambient Occlusion: Placed items no longer leave behind shadow outlines after being picked up.
  • Camera: The game camera now pans more smoothly when the player enters furniture.
  • Graphics: The cover of Tesla Science magazine Issue 9 no longer appears solid red on pickup, or when inspected.


  • General: Fixed an issue in which some enemies could chase the player farther than intended.
  • Loot: Ghoul and Scorched Officers now correctly drop nuke code pieces upon being killed by a player.


  • Blueprints: Fixed an issue that could cause Blueprints to break into smaller parts after logging out and back in to Fallout 76.
  • Plans: Paints applied to Power Armor during the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. will now appear correctly on the items that were painted, and those paints can now correctly be applied to additional sets of Power Armor.
  • Repair: Fixed an issue that could cause an item to return to a broken state after being repaired.


  • Bureau of Tourism: The Prickett's Fort Token Dispenser can now be repaired, and players can no longer walk through it.


  • Pacifist Mode: Players with Pacifist Mode enabled who engage in PVP by contesting a Workshop owned by another player will now correctly deal full damage to that player as long as they remain hostile.
  • Respawn: Choosing the "Respawn" option after dying during PVP combat will now correctly clear any active hostile status toward other players.
  • Seek Revenge: Cap rewards will now display correctly when choosing the "Seek Revenge" respawn option after being killed by another player.
  • Seek Revenge: When targeted by another player who is seeking revenge, the reward amount will now display the correct number of Caps that can be earned by killing that player.


  • Languages: Korean fonts will now be displayed correctly in game menus.
  • Hotkeys: The "Take Photo" hotkey can no longer be rebound and is now tied to the space bar on PC and the A button on controllers.
  • Hotkeys: Fixed an issue that could cause the "Take Snapshot" button in Photomode to display an incorrect hotkey.
  • Social: Fixed an issue that could cause players to disappear from each other's social menus if two players each sent a friend invite to one another.
  • Social: Fixed an issue that prevented newly equipped Player Icons from displaying to other players in the Social Menu.

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