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This page is for the Special Edition. For the original game, see The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. For the VR version, see The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition cover
Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Creation Engine
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2016
Metacritic 74
OpenCritic 81
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Currency, Infinite spend, Unlock[1]
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Open world
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on HowLongToBeat
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on IGDB
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition guide on StrategyWiki
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on MobyGames
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on Wikipedia
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire 1997
The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard 1998
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 2016
The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2017
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 2018
The Elder Scrolls: Blades TBA
The Elder Scrolls VI TBA

Key points

Remastered version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Improvements include higher-quality textures, built-in modding, engine optimization, full 64-bit support and a variety of new graphical and lighting effects.
Free to those who owned the original game and all its DLC on or before October 28, 2016.[2]
A significant number of graphics options are missing from the launcher's graphics option menu. The number of tweakable options in the config files has also been significantly reduced.

General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Anniversary Edition also available.
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Anniversary Edition also available.
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Anniversary Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Anniversary Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Anniversary Edition also available.
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Anniversary Edition also available.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Skyrim Anniversary Upgrade Part of the Anniversary Edition


Type Notes
Cosmetic New outfits, mounts, pets, decorations, and material skins can be purchased with Creation Club Credits.[3]
Currency Creation Club Credits are a real money purchase that can be exchanged for exclusive content created by Bethesda and outside development partners.[3] Creation Club Credits can also be spent on Fallout 4 content.[4][5]
Infinite spend Creation Club Credits can be purchased repeatedly without a practical limit.[5]
Unlock New types of gameplay (like survival mode), abilities, locations, enemies, companions, and items can be purchased with Creation Club Credits.[3]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Modify configuration file[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Skyrim.ini.
  3. Go to the [General] section.
  4. Add the following line sIntroSequence=.
  5. Save your changes.


Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

Community-created patches which fix many issues which otherwise remain unresolved in the official patches, such as quest bugs, rendering issues, and subtitle coding errors.

SSE Engine Fixes

Fixes multiple bugs, including CTD-inducing ones, in Skyrim game engine.
Requires SKSE64 and Address Library for SKSE Plugins.


BethINI (pronounced "Bethany") is an attempt to restore decency to the INI configuration files for games created by Bethesda, while optimizing your game settings for optimal graphical fidelity and performance.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/489830/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition\Saves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/489830/pfx/[Note 1]
Save data from the original game can be copied and used with Special Edition;[7] however, save files that are using mods may not work.[8]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Syncs up to 953.67 MB of saves online.
Xbox Cloud


Launcher graphics settings.
Launcher graphics settings.
Launcher advanced graphics settings.
Launcher advanced graphics settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution to set it manually.
See Skyrim Special Edition Surround.
See Complete Widescreen Fix for Vanilla and SkyUI.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 75° Hor+. Use FOV X console command where X is your Hor+ FOV value.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced by graphics control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and TAA. See SMAA for alternative anti-aliasing
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync) to disable.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. See Frame rate (FPS).
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution

Manually set resolution in SkyrimPrefs.ini[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  3. Change iSize H and iSize W to the display resolution's height and width respectively.


Changing options in the launcher may undo this edit.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Manually set borderless fullscreen windowed in SkyrimPrefs.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  3. Change bBorderless=1 and make sure bFull Screen=0.
  4. Save and close the file.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Disable Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  3. Change iVSyncPresentInterval=1 to iVSyncPresentInterval=0 to disable Vsync.
  4. Save and close the file.


SMAA Anti-Aliasing with SweetFX[citation needed]
  1. Download custom SweetFX
  2. Extract archive contents to executable location, and replace DLL's with one's from x64 folder

Frame rate (FPS)

Havok physics do not function correctly past 60 FPS by default.[10]
These tweaks allow playing the game at high frame rates without the known physics problems that occur. It is possible this fix will negatively affect scripts and cause unforeseen issues. Use at your own risk.
Automatically fix high FPS physics[11]
This method has the advantage of preventing FPS drops caused by the game not being able to achieve the target FPS.
  1. Install SKSE64.
  2. Install SSE Display Tweaks.


The plugin will automatically edit iPresentInterval to an appropriate value for the current FPS.
Remove 60 FPS cap and correct physics[12][13]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Skyrim.ini.
  3. Under section [Display] add line bLockFrameRate=0 to remove 60 FPS cap.
  4. Add the section [HAVOK] and under it add line fMaxTime=(1 / your monitor's refresh rate) to correct the physics, i.e. for a 144 Hz monitor you would add fMaxTime=0.0069.
  5. See Run the game at screen refresh rate to run the game at above 60 Hz refresh rate.
  6. See Vertical sync (Vsync) to disable Vsync if you want FPS to exceed your monitor's refresh rate.


In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Character name screen requires keyboard inputs.
Launcher requires mouse input.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
Use X1nput[14]
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Use Playstation 4 Button Icons for SkyUI
Light bar support
Player indicator, static blue for first player and usually ignores secondary DualShock controllers until first one is unplugged.
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Use Controller and keyboard simultaneously mod to make keyboard and gamepad work, no support for mouse.[15]


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[16]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.
EAX support
Use X3DAudio HRTF. Requires 24000Hz .mhr file to prevent sounds playing at full volume at any distance, or possible crashes.[17]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese

Mute on focus lost

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Window Management" and "Input/Output Behavior".
  4. Enable "Mute Game" under "Background Behavior".

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition.
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported Game. Excellent 3D in all Modes.

Issues fixed

AMD frame rate stuttering/screen tearing

Default Skyrim v-sync frequently causes frame rate stuttering. Disabling in-game v-sync causes physics glitches. Enabling frame rate limiting in Crimson causes tearing
Set iVSyncPresentInterval to 0[18]
  1. See Vertical sync (Vsync) to disable Vsync.
  2. Download Fallout 4 ENB v0.307.
  3. Extract the "WrapperVersion" folder and copy d3d11.dll, d3dcompiler_46e.dll and ENBlocal.ini into the Skyrim Special Edition installation folder.
  4. Open ENBlocal.ini.
  5. Under LIMITER, change EnableFPSLimit=true to EnableFPSLimit=false
  6. Under ENGINE, change ForceVsync=false to ForceVsync=true.
  7. Save and close the file.


Game will start with a black screen and may take a solid minute or two for the main menu screen to appear.

No In-game music bug

Uncommon occurrence wherein in-game music will be disabled somehow, regardless of verifying data files.
[citation needed]
  1. Download Bethesda Archive Extractor.
  2. Extract sounds.bsa found in the Data folder using the Besthesda Archive Extractor
  3. Manually copy the extracted music files into the Data folder
  4. Now in-game music will be playing properly again.

G-Sync frame rate stuttering

With Nvidia G-Sync enabled frame rate becomes unstable.
Disable Vsync[19]

See Vertical sync (Vsync) to disable Vsync.

Game crashes every 10-15 minutes on Windows 10

Disable the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service on Windows 10[9]
  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter.
  3. Search for Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service on the list of services, double-click on it.
  4. Make sure that the service name is TabletInputService.
  5. Change Startup type to Disabled and click the apply button to disable the service from auto-starting.
  6. Click the stop button.

Run the game at screen refresh rate

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Change maximum refresh rate[20]
  1. Download SKSE64 and Monitor Refresh Rate Uncap.
  2. Copy the contents of the archives to the installation folder.
  3. Edit <path-to-game>\Data\SKSE\Plugins\refresh_rate_fix.ini as needed.
  4. Start the game with skse64_loader.exe.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\dxgi.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\SkyrimSE.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

Allow pressing Alt+F4 to close the game

Keyboard Shortcuts Fix[citation needed]
  1. Install Keyboard Shortcuts Fix and SKSE64 plugin.
Special K[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
Super F4[citation needed]
  1. Install Super F4 [2] closes out of any program with Ctrl+Alt+F4.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Interface Scaleform 3.3.92
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.99f


Before installing any mods, SKSE64 and either Vortex or Mod Organizer should be installed.

Mod Organizer 2

Powerful and easy to use mod manager with mod virtualization, in order to keep the installation folder clean.
Features a configuration editor, the SKSE executable can also be set to be launched through the configurator.


Required by most mods.

.NET Script Framework

Required by many mods.

Achievements Mods Enabler

Required to receive achievements while using mods.
Not needed if using SSE Engine Fixes.

Unofficial High Definition Audio Project

Replaces the game's audio files with the higher-quality files found in PlayStation 4 version
Supports languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish and Russian.


SkyUI is required by certain mods in order to tweak and configure them.
Advanced user interface, optimized for keyboard and mouse usage while being highly customizable.

Skyrim Project Optimization

Improves performance in almost all interiors.

SSE Fixes

Alleviates a bug that causes frame drops.
Not needed if SSE Engine Fixes is installed.

Static Mesh Improvement Mod

A massive project to greatly improve the appearance of countless static 3D models in Skyrim.
May cause FPS loss.

True 3D Sound for Headphones

This enables 3D sound positioning in-game.

Dynamic Distant Objects LOD (DynDOLOD)

Adds distant LOD for objects and trees to the game. By combining DynDOLOD with xLODGen users can create drastically enhanced static object LOD + tree LOD and the new, optional dynamic distant object LOD in a few simple steps.
Can increase or decrease the performance depending on the selected quality.


SSEEdit is the Skyrim: Special Edition version of xEdit. xEdit is an advanced graphical module viewer/editor and conflict detector.
xEdit can be used to view, detect conflicts, and edit module files.

Colorful Lights No Shadow - SSE

Modifies lighting to remove glitchy shadows while maintaining color and brightness for improved performance and image quality.

PerformanceHitRelief Remastered (PHR_RE)

Reduces visuals and removes intrusive particle effect to provide a significant performance boost.

Continue rendering in the background

Set always active[22]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Skyrim.ini.
  3. Add bAlwaysActive=1 under the [General] section.
  4. Save and close the file.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-750
AMD Phenom II X4 945
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 470
AMD Radeon HD 7870
1-2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/489830/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (489830) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - MICROTRANSACTION.ZONE - last accessed on 2020-04-22
  2. Skyrim Special Edition is 1 week away! - last accessed on 2016-10-21
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Creation Club | Summer 2017 - last accessed on 2020-04-22
  4. Creation Club | Summer 2017 - last accessed on 2020-04-22
    "Creation Club is available via in-game digital marketplaces in both Fallout 4 and Skyrim and purchased with Credits. Credits are available for purchase on PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam. Your Credits are transferable and can be used in both games on the same platform for Steam and Xbox Live."
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition - Creation Club on Steam - last accessed on 2020-04-22
  6. Verified by User:Blackbird on 2018-06-22
    Gets straight into the menu.
  7. Pete Hines on Twitter: "Chatting w Todd just now, able to confirm on Skyrim SE for PC: 64-bit Saves should transfer Separate creation kit to upload mods to Bnet" - last accessed on 2016-6-16
  8. Skyrim PC saves that use mods don't work with Special Edition • Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2016-10-29
    "Existing save games from the original PC game will work in the PC version of Skyrim Special Edition. Simply copy your old saves from My Games/Skyrim to My Games/Skyrim Special Edition. Only use original saves that have never been used with mods. Do not use your original save game if this error appears when you load it in Skyrim Special Edition: 'This save relies on content that is no longer present."
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Unofficial Bug / Crash + Resolution Thread :: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition General Discussions
  10. Skyrim Special Edition: Vsynced 144Hz - YouTube - last accessed on 2016-12-10
  11. [1]
  12. Skyrim SE Beta 1.3 is now available on Steam - last accessed on 2017-03-16
  13. Possible fix to allow Skyrim to run on 120fps monitors: skyrimmods
  14. Custom Xinput DLL with Impulse Trigger support on Xbox One Controllers
  15. Use both Xbox 360 controller AND Keyboard SIMULTANEOUSLY
  16. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  17. Error shows up in Skyrim (old version)'s log a bunch of times involving missing dataset for 24 kHz samples #21
  18. https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/5a6la7/skyrim_special_edition_vsyncscreen_tearing_fix/
  19. https://www.reddit.com/r/skyrim/comments/59s1f8/skyrim_se_pc_gsync_performance_fix/
  20. This mod for Skyrim Special Edition can unlock your in-game refresh rate from 60Hz to 300Hz - DSOGaming
  21. Matt Grandstaff on Twitter: "@Rebelzize yes, it's 64bit" - last accessed on 2016-6-15
  22. How-To: Alt tab without pausing the game: skyrim