Xbox One Owners Might Need to Download Fallout 4 Again, Warns Bethesda

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Fallout 4 is just four days away. Bethesda’s long-awaited sequel to the massively popular Fallout 3 has been a long time coming, but there’s a niggling issue if you happen to be an Xbox One owner. For those who pre-ordered and pre-loaded Fallout 4 on Microsoft’s console, there’s a possibility that you’ll have to repeat the process again. In a post on Bethesda’s forums, it’s explained that an incorrect “stub file” might have been downloaded, which will cause issues when the game releases next week.

“We know you’re ready for Fallout 4 on November 10th, and for those that digitally pre-ordered on Xbox One, we want to make sure you’re ready to jump in right away,” reads the post. “If you’ve digitally pre-ordered the game on Xbox One on or before 10/27 and are NOT using Instant On power mode, you may still have an incorrect ‘stub file’ for the title, which is simply a placeholder file. Players that have this particular version of the stub file will be required to delete it, and reinstall the title. If you’ve pre-ordered on or after 10/27, you should be ready to download the necessary updates as they become available. Once these updates have been installed, you’ll then be able to play Fallout 4.”

Not sure on how to reinstall Fallout 4? Don’t worry, Bethesda posted a handy step-by-step guide:

  1. Navigate to My Games & Apps.
  2. Find the title’s tile in Games.
  3. With the tile highlighted, press the [Menu] button on your controller.
  4. Select Manage Game.
  5. In the Manage Game screen, select the storage device the game is currently installed to.
  6. Select Uninstall.
  7. Once the game has uninstalled, return to My Games & Apps.
  8. Scroll right to the “Ready to Install” section under Games.
  9. Highlight the title’s tile.
  10. Press [A] to select.
  11. Choose Install.


Fallout 4 will release next week, on November 10th,  for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Be sure to head back to Attack of the Fanboy for our full review, along with a ton of guides, hints and tips.

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