Do you prefer your post-apocalyptic wandering in Boston to be a little more challenging than usual? Bethesda has you covered with the new Survival Mode for Fallout 4 which is currently out as a beta on the PC. Read on to find out how it’s different from the vanilla experience, as well as how you can get your hands on it.


First off, manual saves, autosave and fast-travel are all disabled in the survival mode. In order to save the game, you’ll need to find a bed. Just sleeping won’t give you Sleep perks however, for that you’ll need to find a proper mattress.

You must keep yourself hydrated with purified water, feed yourself and take appropriate medicine when you’re sick or wounded. You also have to watch what you eat, or you risk getting certain illnesses for which you’ll need to rest, take antibiotics or visit a doctor. Rad Aways now have a negative impact on your immune system too, so curing radiation itself is a deadly proposition.

Carry weight is significantly reduced, and if you carry to much, you might end up crippling your legs. Companions still don’t die, thankfully: they will return home if they you abandon them while they’re injured. Of course, the smarter thing to do will be to juice them up with some stimpaks when they’re wounded.For the full details on how Survival Mode works, check out Bethesda’s blog post. To get the Beta on Steam, follow these steps, courtesy Bethesda:

  • Log into Steam
  • Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
  • Select Settings
  • Select Betas
  • A drop down menu will appear. Select Survival Beta Update
  • Select OK
  • Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update
  • When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [Beta] in your Library

What do you think of the Survival Mode for Fallout 4? Let us know in the comments below.


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