‘Fallout 4′ Will Not Be Arriving On Old Gen Consoles

By June 7, 2015

If you primarily play your video games on an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, and were really looking forward to Fallout 4, we’ve got some bad news for you.

According to Bethesda themselves, when asked if their highly anticipated new game would be arriving on old gen consoles, their answer was simple and definite: no. An official post on their forum reads,

It is not coming to 360 and PS3, the stuff we’re doing will never work there.

This news likely isn’t that surprising to people, but it still goes against what the norm has been for the nearly two years that those consoles’ successors — the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — have been on the market. Because the adoption rate for the last generation was so high, early triple-A blockbuster titles would see less graphically advanced and intensive versions of those games appear on the nearly-decade old consoles. Both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Advanced Warfare received last gen ports, along with games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black FlagTitanfallDestinyBattlefield 4 and HardlineDragon Age: Inquisition, Alien: Isolation, and several others.

Only recently have developers been showing a preference for releasing a video game exclusively on newer hardware, as evidenced by last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, and upcoming major releases like Batman: Arkham KnightStar Wars BattlefrontCall of Duty: Black Ops III, and console exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on PS4.

It would be very easy to argue that this is a good thing, since making a game for the aging consoles means that any new releases would have to be designed with very restrictive hardware specifications, potentially limiting the types of experiences that developers can come up with. Still, it’s understandable that players would be disappointed by this news, since making a $350-400 purchase to have the ability to play newer games likely isn’t an easy financial choice for many people to make.

More details about Fallout 4 are expected to be announced at E3 next week, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for any big news that comes out of the expo. Until then, keep it locked on GeekNation.

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Jane Keating

    Its not suprising really, you gotta drop the older generations at some point, imagine if games were still coming out for the Playstation 1 or some thing, lol

  • Mikey Silva

    Well Damn, Guess its time I upgraded to Xbox one, there’s no way I am missing out on the new Fallout !!

  • David Black

    Its gonna be such an epic game it doesn’t make sense to make a downgraded port, if they put all their effort into the modern consoles, it will probably be a Top Notch game for the next 10+ years!

  • Katey

    Looking forward to the E3 updates :)

  • Daniel

    This is the best reason to upgrade consoles yet!

  • Jason

    I think this is good news, will make for a better game over all

    • lily

      absolutely! They said it themselves that what they are creating won’t work on old gen consoles!

      • Andy Spears

        by the time it comes out as well, I bet the majority of gamer will own next gen consoles anyway I think.. Please correct me if that ain’t the case :)