Fallout 4 is a massive, singleplayer game in the Fallout series, but many people want to take advantage of playing offline for when they don’t have access to an internet connection, but can you play Fallout 4 offline?
Fallout 4 does not need to be constantly online and can be played offline on all systems. You will need to be on the internet to download, install and update Fallout 4 including the DLC and mods, but otherwise it supports a fully offline experience.
Let’s go through Fallout 4 and the way it works with offline mode, how to set it up properly and how to get the most out of it. So let’s jump right in and learn everything there is to know about how to get offline mode working with Fallout 4.
Can You Play Fallout 4 Offline on PC?
Yes, you can play Fallout 4 Offline on PC but it is recommended to go online every once and a while to get the latest patches and updates for the game.
You can play the entire base game without an internet connection. The platform you are playing it on does not matter as well. The game will work offline on all platforms.
DLC is also accessible whether you are offline or online, although you’ll need to download and install it and run it once before going offline.
Fallout 4 also has a big modding community with many mods to bring different gameplay experiences, and once installed they can all be played offline.
Fallout 4 will autosave your game constantly whether you are offline or online.
Sometimes after saving offline the save file will be at the very bottom of the save game list. Your most recent save usually appears at the top of the list so most people don’t even think of scrolling to the bottom.
Fallout 4 has no multiplayer mode or functionality, it is exclusively a single-player game.
Keep in mind that achievements for the game will be blocked as offline mode won’t register you as having obtained them, so leave any 100% completion runs or rare achievement hunting for when you’re on an internet connection.
Can You Play Fallout 4 Offline on PlayStation?
Playstation supports playing the game offline once it’s been fully installed.
It’s worth connecting to the internet to make sure the game is fully updated and also gets a chance for the game files to be verified to ensure they’re working.
Can You Play Fallout 4 Offline on Xbox?
Xbox also supports offline play for Fallout 4 and you don’t need the network options except for all the initial setup.
PC Offline Mode Not Working
First off, restart the Steam app and your computer in case there is a software error or some other program issue.
It could be possible, although unlikely, that Steam itself is having some issues. There are many ways you can check Steam status like through their Charts pages and there are also many unofficial pages if you want to corroborate whether Steam is really down or not.
Steam doesn’t have site-wide or app-wide maintenance that takes all their services down regularly (or with any regularity, anyway), so it’s likely the problem exists somewhere else.
You can try unplugging or disabling your network adapter via typing in ‘network’ in the Windows search bar and then bringing up Network and Internet. From here you can check whether your network adapter is valid and working.
It may be worth powering down your modem or internet device as it could be a DNS or DHCP error bugging out your computer.
It may also be worth making sure the Steam service is allowed through the firewall.
You can try turning the firewall off to see if this helps, by going to Settings then going into Privacy and Security then Windows Security, and finally Firewall & Network Protection.
Turn it off and try again to see if that helps. Make sure to re-enable it if it doesn’t make a difference.
It can also be a strategy to close Steam and then open up the firewall settings and remove any of the Steam instances including steaminstall.exe, steam.exe, hl.exe, hl2.exe, and steamTmp.exe.
Restart Steam and see if Windows prompts you to allow any of these via the firewall again.
Manually remove the Steam cache by opening up the Steam client, and then open up the Settings panel by opening the top left client menu.
In the Settings panel, select the Downloads entry on the left and you’ll find the Clear Download Cache button at the bottom.
Lastly, try removing and reinstalling the Steam app altogether if these problems persist. You can even use a tethering or mobile hotspot to temporarily gain an internet connection before going into offline mode.