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I reduced my stashbox from 750/800 to 470/800, dropped 90% of my notes/holotapes, tweaked a few settings… and mostly all lag/latency and my frustration with the game went away!

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: So like many of you, I’ve recently been burdened with excess lag, server issues, the fav wheel plotting my demise etc. all seemingly caused by the latest patch. There’s been many reports and it’s basically confirmed the patch is to blame.

Seems I reached my breaking point with all of that this morning. The reports from new console users and how most of these issues went away made me jealous. I started thinking about updating my rig. But would that even help? Was there nothing I could do until the next patch?

Turns out, there was a solution! And I’ve listed all of what I did below. I can’t say for certain what changes mattered most. However, I am certain a less filled stashbox/inventory makes a significant difference.

It took me maybe an hour. But the payoff was so worth it! I immediately noticed a significant difference with my Handmade. Bullets just… came out faster. I guess there was a latency issue I hadn’t noticed? But… wow. I can’t really stress how much better it feels to kill things now. It’s like over time, I had become this old man, not realized I became old, then suddenly I was young again! That’s the best way to describe the overall change.

Generally, the pip boy, map, stash – everything became more responsive. Unfortunately, The fav wheel lag still occurs, but it is much, much better. I did find myself stuck to the workbench for a brief second or two after using it. So like I said above, there are definitely issues caused directly from the last patch. Still, whatever issue still persisting is less annoying.

Ok, here’s what I did.

Note: this was much faster and easier for me given fallout 1st, but it’s all still doable without it.

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  • On my main, I reduced my stash from 750/800 to 470/800, and I dropped 90% of the notes/holotapes in my inventory. Some items I dropped, some I scrapped, some I transferred to other characters.

  • The most heavy items (somewhat valuable rifles) I put on an alt character. I took the risk and used the suitcase method with fallout first. I got realistic with what weapons I really use. The heavier it is, the more I considered moving it.

Note: it’s unclear to me what is more stressful for the stashbox/game: weight vs the number of items. For now, just assume both are an issue.

  • I kept one of every Fasnacht mask and dropped the rest. Why would I ever need 10 sun masks?? How big of a deal is it that each mask is listed as a separate item in my stash? (All clothing is like this, but maybe our recent influx of masks caused some universally felt lag..?)

  • I scrapped maybe 200 common clothing/outfits. Even though all of these items are weigh very little, the number of items reduced in my stash dropped by maybe 1/2 or maybe 3/4, which is important! Also, I got 20 atoms in the process from scrapping 76 outfits (:

One other thing I did:

  • I switched my display from borderless windowed to full screen. I kept the default “High” settings (rather than my custom settings which is probably too much for my PC)

Anyway, I hope trying out some of what I listed above helps improve your game experience, makes you feel “young again” etc. Good luck!

TLDR: Reduce both the weight (try going to 500 or less) and number of items in your stashbox. Drop all unnecessary notes/holotapes. Consider tweaking your display settings. Feel young again!

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