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Best Winlator Settings for Bethesda Games (Oblivion/Fallout 3)

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Bethesda Games, including classic games like Oblivion and Fallout 3, have left an indelible mark on gamers. But what if you want to enjoy these titles on your Android device? That’s where Winlator, a Windows emulator for Android, comes in really handy.

In this guide, I’m going to share the best settings for Winlator Emulator to optimize the gaming performance and experience with Bethesda Games on your Android device. These settings have been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Setup Winlator Container

First, let’s prepare the Winlator container on which we are going to emulate the games. Here are the settings that I used on my S23 Ultra:

  • Screen Size: 800×600
  • Driver: Turnip Zink
  • DX Wrapper: DXVK 2.2
  • Processor Affinity: All
  • GPU: GTX 1070
  • Vid Mem Size: 4096
  • Lastly, navigate to the DX Components tab and make sure that the “DirectSound” option is set to “Native (Windows).” This will ensure a proper audio output.

Install the Games on Winlator

For the best experience, I recommend purchasing the games on GOG. The place is just awesome for anyone who is looking for an affordable and DRM-free option to purchase game titles.

  • Download the 3-part offline backup installer from GOG.
  • Once downloaded, transfer these files to your Android device.
  • Now, launch Winlator, open your container, and install the game from within Winlator.

Tweak the Game Settings

Now, it comes to the in-games settings to achieve the high-level optimization for smooth performance, follow these steps:

  • In the game, navigate to video settings.
  • Set the resolution to 800×600. Set textures to medium.
  • Adjust all distance values to 2 clicks.
  • For the distance and shadow settings, play a bit and don’t settle down until you achieve the desired frame rate.

Setting Up the On-screen Controls

Sadly, in my testings, I experienced crashing and frame drops while trying to use a physical controller. Hence, my recommendation would be to consider the recommended control layout provided.

Best Performing Mods

For those with less powerful devices, performance mods can be a game-changer. Visit Nexus Mods and download mods that boost FPS based on your device’s capabilities. We recommend the following for a smoother experience:

For those with low-end Android devices, performance mods can be a real bliss. You can visit the Nexus Mods website and download the available low-end performance mods, FPS mods, etc. based on your device’s capabilities. For starters, I’d recommend you to use the following mods:

For Oblivion:

  • The Unofficial Oblivion Patch
  • Versions for all DLC

For Fallout 3:

  • Fallout 3 Optimization Overhaul
  • Additional files for all DLC
  • Fellout (for improved visuals and a potential 3fps gain)

Additional tips to fine-tuning the experience

Here are some additional tips to enhance your gaming experience:

  • Clear your phone’s RAM before running Winlator to ensure optimal performance.
  • Avoid switching to your custom control scheme until you’re loaded into the game.

These settings are applicable to New Vegas as well, offering a seamless experience.

And here comes the end of this guide. I hope this will help you achieve the optimum level of performance. With these Winlator settings, you can dive back into the immersive worlds of Bethesda Games, whether you’re exploring the mystical landscapes of Oblivion or surviving the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Fallout 3. Enjoy the nostalgia, the stories, and the adventures on your Android device with confidence

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