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Fallout 4

From AppleGamingWiki, the wiki about gaming on M1 Apple silicon Macs
Fallout 4
Fallout 4 cover
Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Creation Engine
Metacritic 84
OpenCritic 87
Series Fallout (series)
Apple Silicon Games
Fallout 4 on HowLongToBeat
Fallout 4 on IGDB
Fallout 4 guide on StrategyWiki
Fallout 4 on MobyGames
Fallout 4 on Wikipedia

macOS Compatibility

Compatibility layer Rating Notes
CrossOver Playable Some graphical issues, playable framerate.[1] Requires fixes, see #CrossOver.
Wine Unplayable The game does not start, only the menu for selecting settings works, and the game itself crashes.[2]
Parallels Playable Graphics settings must be set to Ultra, played in windowed mode.[3] Won't load.[4]. Cracked version framerate is low.[5]


See PCGamingWiki for Windows and/or Linux availability.

Gameplay videos


CrossOver issues unresolved

  1. VATS isn't working correctly: chances to hit near 0% or 1% most of the time.
  2. Various render glitches: mostly seen in vegetation and plants represented in the game and also broken light effects. These render glitches are not preventing the game to be played fully though, they're just annoying glitches here and there. (Jun 2023: transparency issue was fixed in the latest Crossover / Wineskin versions)
  3. Prone to crash: often times, audio will start to fail progressively after running the game for a while. first NPC talks connot be heard anymore, then other audio problem will follow thus rendering some areas of the game impossible to pass through. Fix is easy enough: quit and relaunch the game.

CrossOver issues fixed

Game won't launch in CrossOver

CrossOver Bottle settings[1]
  1. Click Bottles icon
  2. Ctrl + click Bottle
  3. Enable Settings - Enable Performance Enhanced Synchronization (ESync)
  4. Enable Settings - Enable DXVK Backend D3D11

Audio and voices not working

Wine configuration Library overrides[1]
  1. Under Control Panels, double click Wine Configuration
  2. In Libraries select 'New override for library'
  3. Select each library file and click 'Add'
    1. x3audio1_6
    2. x3audio1_7
    3. xaudio2_6
    4. xaudio2_7

Mouse locked to screen

Add bBackgroundMouse=1 to Fallout4.ini[1]
  1. Find Fallout4.ini normally within \Documents\My Games\Fallout4.ini
  2. Ctrl + click Fallout4.ini and open with TextEdit
  3. Under the [Controls] heading add the line bBackgroundMouse=1
  4. Click File and Save


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Verified by User:Andytizer on 2021-01-23
    Device: MacBook Air M1 2020 8 GB RAM
    OS: macOS 11.1
    Method: Parallels 16 using Windows 10 Pro Inside Preview Build 21286
    Resolution: 1920x1080
    Framerate: Approximately 30 FPS
    Link: Fallout 4 On M1! Install Tutorial - Apple Silicon - MacBook Air 2020 8 GB RAM 8 Core GPU
    Comment: Game works well with minor graphical issues with transparencies, after fixes are applied.
  2. Verified by User:Smir on 2024-02-19
    Device: MacBook Pro 16" M2 Pro 16 GB RAM
    OS: macOS 14.3
    Method: whisky 2.2.3
    Resolution: 1920x1080p
    Framerate: 0 fps
  3. Verified by User:dashton654 on 2022-09-27
    Device: Mac Studio 2022 32 GB RAM
    OS: macOS 12.5
    Method: Parallels 18.0.2
    Resolution: 1920x1080p
    Framerate: 30-40fps
  4. Verified by User:Andytizer on 2021-01-23
    Device: MacBook Air 2020 8 GB RAM
    OS: macOS 11.1
    Method: CrossOver 20
  5. Verified by User:Plex123 on 2021-04-10
    Device: MacBook Air M1 2020 8 GB RAM
    OS: macOS 11.3 Beta (20E5196f)
    Method: Windows ARM Build 21354.1000 on Parallels 16.3.2
    Store: Cracked
    Settings: Low
    Framerate: Low
    Controller: Xbox One Bluetooth