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Fallout 4: Far Harbor re-released on PS4 to fix performance issues

Addressing a foggy frame rate

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Fallout 4 developer Bethesda Game Studios released an updated version of the game's new Far Harbor expansion on PlayStation 4 yesterday, looking to address performance issues.

Far Harbor players on PS4 have been complaining about a poor frame rate since the expansion's debut last week. A performance analysis from Eurogamer's Digital Foundry found that the PS4 version of Far Harbor runs at a baseline of just 20 frames per second in outdoor areas — apparently due to the fog effects in the Far Harbor region — and dips as low as 15 fps. The expansion runs at a more acceptable 20-30 fps on Xbox One, according to Digital Foundry.

Bethesda re-released Far Harbor on PS4 instead of issuing a patch (which would likely have taken longer), so there's a process to getting the updated version of the expansion. Here are the steps, straight from Bethesda:

  1. Confirm Fallout 4 is not running. Highlight Fallout 4 in your PS4 dashboard, press Options, and select Close Application to ensure Fallout 4 is not running minimized.
  2. Select Related Items. You’ll find this under the Fallout 4 icon in the PS4 dashboard.
  3. Select My Add-Ons.
  4. Navigate to the download arrow next to Far Harbor and select it.
  5. You should see a notice that Far Harbor has been Added to Downloads.
  6. Wait for the downloadable content to finish downloading and installing before starting Fallout 4.

If that doesn't work, then you'll unfortunately have to delete the entire game and all its add-on content from your PS4, and reinstall everything from scratch. (This won't affect your save games.)

For more on Far Harbor, check out our guide to the extensive expansion.

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