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    Earlier today, Bethesda issued a new opt-in beta patch for Fallout 4 which adds HBAO+ and some Nvidia-specific ‘FleX’ debris effects. This takes the game to versions 1.3 (or will do, once it gets a full, final release).

    If you want to opt in for this one, you need to do the usual beta dance with Steam. Find Fallout 4 in your library, right click it, select properties, find the betas tab, and then choose the most recent beta from the drop-down list. The game should update automatically (restart Steam to give it a gentle nudge if necessary). To opt out again, should you need to, just deselect the beta from the drop-down list.

    1.3 isn’t just about the addition of HBAO+ and Nvidia’s debris effects. It also contains a bunch of gameplay, quest and workshop fixes. These ones, in fact:

    New Features

    • New ambient occlusion setting, HBAO+
    • New weapon debris effects (NVIDIA cards only)
    • Added status menu for settlers in your settlements
    • Added ability to rotate an object you are holding with left/right triggers and pressing down on left thumbstick lets you switch the rotating axis
    • Improved “ESDF” keys remapping support while in Workshop mode

    Gameplay Fixes

    • General memory and stability improvements
    • Improved performance when looking through a scope
    • Fixed issue where player could warp to a different location when aiming
    • Companions can no longer get stuck with radiation poisoning
    • Fixed an issue where Vault 81 residents would not dismember correctly
    • Big Leagues perk now displays calculated damage correctly
    • Fixed issue with third person camera not displaying properly after exiting certain crafting stations
    • Fixed an issue where subtitles would occasionally not update properly
    • Effects will properly be removed on companions when items are unequipped
    • MacReady’s Killshot perk now calculates headshot percentages properly
    • Fixed an issue with NPCs getting stuck in Power Armor
    • Fixed a rare issue with companions getting stuck in down state
    • Second rank of Aquaboy now calculates properly
    • Fixed an issue with resistance not always lowering the damage correctly when added by mods
    • Enabled number of characters available when renaming an item (XB1)
    • Fixed issue with player becoming dismembered while still alive
    • Robotics expert is now usable in combat
    • Stimpaks can now be used on Curie after the transformation
    • Playing a holotape found in wilderness while switching point of view no longer causes the screen to blur or controls to be locked

    Quest Fixes

    • Fixed an issue with “Taking Independence” where the minutemen remaining from the battle against the Mirelurk Queen would not gather in the Castle
    • Fixed an issue where invulnerable characters would get stuck in combat
    • Fixed an issue where Preston would send player to a settlement instead of a dungeon as part of a Minutemen quest
    • Fixed an issue where Synths could attack the Castle while the player was friends with the Institute
    • Fixed an issue where killing a caravan would leave a quest open
    • Fixed an issue where Dogmeat would stay at Fort Hagen after “Reunions” was completed
    • Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t talk to Desdemona to complete “Underground Undercover”
    • Fixed an issue where the player could get stuck exiting the cryopod
    • Fixed an issue where the player could no longer get Preston as a companion
    • In “The End of the Line,” fixed an issue that would prevent the player from killing the leaders of the Railroad
    • Fixed an issue with Minutemen quests repeating improperly
    • Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t get back into the Railroad headquarters after being kicked out of the Brotherhood of Steel
    • After finishing “The Big Dig,” fixed an issue where Hancock would no longer offer to be a companion or help with the “Silver Shroud” quest
    • Fixed an issue with obtaining the Dampening Coils from Saugus Ironworks before going to Yangtze
    • During “Unlikely Valentine,” fixed an issue where the player could be blocked from entering Vault 114
    • In “Confidence Man,” Bull and Gouger can now be killed
    • During “Taking Independence,” fixed an issue that would prevent the radio transmitter from powering up
    • In “Human Error,” fixed an issue where killing Dan would cause the quest to not complete properly
    • Fixed an issue with “Tactical Thinking” where leaving dialogue early with
    • Captain Kells to reprogram P.A.M. could cause quest to not completely properly

    Workshop Fixes

    • Fixed a bug that would cause settler counts to appear incorrectly
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent the player from setting up a supply line in settlements with a high population
    • Improvements to snapping pieces together while in Workshop mode
    • Fixed an issue that caused powered items to stop functioning permanently if its power source was ever removed
    • Player can now build workbenches in their Diamond City house
    • Building wires no longer uses up copper
    • Fixed issue with certain settlement attacks not generating properly
    • Fixed an issue with settlement happiness calculations
    • Settlers assigned to weapons stand will now stand next to it
    • Diamond City house now shows provided power
    • Repairing items will now correctly consume resources
    • Fixed an issue where companion would ignore commands at workshop locations
    • Fixed an issue with crops appearing destroyed after saving and reloading
    Peter Parrish

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