The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

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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
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition guide on StrategyWiki
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on Wikipedia
The Elder Scrolls
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 wide 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.[1]

General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/489830/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

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System Location
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,[2] however save files that are using mods may not work.[3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs up to 953.67 MB of saves online.

Video settings

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
No ability to change aspect ratio unless Windowed Mode/Borderless is enabled.
See Skyrim Special Edition Surround.
See Complete Widescreen Fix for Vanilla and SkyUI.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 75° hor+. Can be changed using FOV X console command where X is your horizontal+ FOV value.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced by graphics control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Change iVSyncPresentInterval in SkyrimPrefs.ini to 0 to disable.
Used as an FPS cap, creates physics problems if disabled. If disabling, cap the frame rate to 60 FPS to avoid issues.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Havok physics do not function correctly past 60 FPS, but frame rate is unlimited.
Exclusive fullscreen forces 60Hz refresh rate, but does not work if using windowed or borderless mode. Cap the frame rate to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Fast-Sync Tweak

This reduce "input lag" as well as eliminates the screen tearing that would occur when playing with v-sync normally off.
This is only suitable for certain PC configurations: i.e. 60 Hz monitor with a high-end GPU which is able to render Skyrim Special Edition over 60 FPS constantly.
  1. Disable in game V-Sync for Skyrim Special Edition (see above Vertical sync notes).
  2. Enable Fast-Sync through the Nvidia Control Panel for Skyrim Special Edition (Nvidia Drivers 368.22 and later).
  3. Limit or cap FPS with Nvidia Profile Inspector to 60.

Input settings

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

Audio settings

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese

VR support

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
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  3. Find iVSyncPresentInterval=1 and change its value to 0.
  4. Save and close the file.
  5. Download Fallout 4 ENB v0.307 from:
  6. Extract the "WrapperVersion" folder and copy d3d11.dll,d3dcompiler_46e.dll and ENBlocal.ini into the Skyrim Special Edition install directory
  7. Open ENBlocal.ini
  8. Under LIMITER find EnableFPSLimit=true and change its value to false
  9. Under ENGINE, find ForceVsync=false and change its value to true
  10. Save and close the file

G-Sync Frame Rate Stuttering

With Nvidia G-Sync enabled frame rate becomes unstable.
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  3. Find iVSyncPresentInterval=1 and change its value to 0.
  4. Save and close the file.

Game crashes every 10-15 minutes on Windows 10

  1. Press ( Win+R).
  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.

Launcher does not list the display resolution

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  3. Find iSize H and iSize W and change their values to your display resolution's height and width respectively.
  4. Save and close the file.
Make sure to make this edit after doing all the configurations necessary in the launcher options, as it may replace any edits you make to this file.

Other information


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

System requirements

64-bit OS is required
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


  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. Skyrim Special Edition is 1 week away! - last accessed on 2016-10-21
  2. 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
  3. Skyrim PC saves that use mods don't work with Special Edition • - 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."
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up