When you click on the Fallout 4 icon, you immediately want to play the game. So long loading times can ruin your patience and desire to play the game, which is not pleasant at all. Don’t worry, there are a few tricks that can help you shorten your wait time and get a better gaming experience.
What causes the Fallout 4 long loading times?
According to the comments of several users and video game experts, this problem is related to the game itself. Either the developers structured the game’s launch incorrectly, or the problem is in Windows itself. Here are some reasons why this problem may occur:
Slow hard drive access: many of our users have reported problems loading the game due to slow hard drive access. Slow disk access means that it takes longer for the game to transfer data from the hard drive to the memory.
Threads: Another cause could be that your game is not running the right number of threads. Replacing this setting in the configuration file may solve the problem.
Game error: Although this is rare, we have found a few cases where an error occurred and the game took longer than usual to complete. Working around this error can solve the problem.
Vertical Sync: NVIDIA vertical sync is known to improve gameplay on some PCs, but it also causes various conflicts and problems with games that are not optimized to work with it. Fallout 4 is one of these games.
Full-screen mode: Although most users think that using full-screen mode reduces the load on the computer, the opposite is actually true. Fallout 4 seems to take longer to load if you play in full-screen mode.
Frame rate limitation: Fallout 4 offers the ability to limit the frame rate so that it does not exceed a certain limit. This frame rate can be unproductive when changing scenes or starting the game.
Graphics Drivers: Another rare cause of this problem is outdated or invalid graphics drivers installed on your computer. If you reinstall them, the problem usually resolves right away.
Outdated Games/Windows: Slow disk access can also occur if you have an outdated version of a game. The same applies to Windows. Here you can make sure that you always use the latest version.
Cloud Sync: If you play Fallout 4 via Steam, the cloud sync feature can be annoying. It saves your progress and settings, but can sometimes conflict with the game engine.
Here’s how to fix Fallout 4 long loading times
Fallout 4’s long load time can also occur if you have an outdated operating system. If you can’t fix the problem with the above solutions, you may need to update Windows.
- Press Win + I to open Settings.
- On the Settings home page, select Update and security.
- Select Windows Update in the left pane, and then click Check for updates in the right pane.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to follow the steps on the left.
- You can then restart your computer and run Fallout 4 to see if the problem goes away.
Updating the video card driver
Long boot times in Fallout 4 can also be caused by a corrupt or outdated video card driver. In this case, you need to update the video card driver.
Device Manager is an applet in the Microsoft Windows Control Panel. It allows you to check the hardware connected to your computer. You can use it to easily update the video card driver.
- Press Win + R to open the Run window. Then type devmgmt.MSC and click OK to start Device Manager.
- Expand the Display Adapters category by double-clicking it.
- Right-click on the video card and select Update Driver.
- In the window that appears, select Automatically check for driver updates.
- Then follow the wizard to perform the following steps.
- This way, Windows will automatically look for, download, and install the latest drivers for you.
- This may take some time. Please wait patiently.
- After that, you can restart your computer and see if the pesky problem is solved.
Disable Vertical Sync
Vertical Sync, a feature built into Fallout 4, allows players to synchronize the frame rate of the game with the refresh rate of the screen. It is usually used to improve stability and graphics performance in games. Many players take advantage of this feature, but it can also cause long Fallout 4 load times.
- Launch Fallout 4 and click Options on the main menu.
- Then go to the Video -> Graphics menu.
- Under Graphics, turn off the VSync (vertical sync) option.
- Save the changed settings and close the window.
- Now you can restart Fallout 4 and the problem should be solved.
Booting into windowed mode without border
To get more enjoyment out of the game, you can use full-screen mode in Fallout 4. However, this mode consumes more resources and can cause some problems, such as long Fallout 4 loading times.
- Completely abandon Fallout 4.
- Start Steam and click on LIBRARY to display a list of games.
- Right-click on Fallout 4 in the list and select Properties.
- In the pop-up window, click the GENERAL tab, then click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.
- Set the startup options to “-windowed-noborder”. Click OK to save your changes.
- You can then restart Fallout 4 and see if the problem has been resolved.
Disable Steam Cloud Sync
Steam Cloud allows you to save your progress and settings, which is useful if you plan to switch computers. However, if the game saves too large files and you don’t have a high download speed, Fallout 4 can take a very long time to load.
- In the LIBRARY category in Steam, right-click on your Fallout 4 and select Properties.
- Select the UPDATES tab. Then uncheck the Enable Steam Cloud Sync for Fallout 4 option.
- Save your settings and restart Steam. Then start Fallout 4 and check if the problem has been solved.
Frequently Asked Questions
The loading screen in the actual game takes forever, probably about 5 minutes, and don't even start with loading after dying or moving quickly, it takes that long.
Fallout 4 seems to take longer to load if you play in full-screen mode. Frame rate limitation: Fallout 4 offers the ability to limit the frame rate so that it does not exceed a certain limit. This frame rate can have a negative impact when changing scenes or starting the game.
Installing Fo4 on an SSD is probably the most important thing you can do to improve performance. Not only is there virtually no loading time, but pop-up textures disappear, frame rates increase, and the game becomes smoother. I got an FPS increase of about 20-30% just by installing it on an SSD.
Steam Cloud allows you to save your progress and settings, which is useful if you plan to switch computers. However, if the game saves too large files and you don't have a high loading speed, Fallout 4 may take a while to load. In this case, you should disable cloud sync.