Fans have been asking about it for yearsand at E3 2016, Bethesda finally confirmed that Skyrim Remastered is on its way to PS4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition includes the original game and its additional content with new visuals and mod support. It will also be free on PC for existing Skyrim players, allowing them to continue their adventures with revamped visuals and Bethesda’s own set of mods.
In addition to a Skyrim guide for certain aspects of the game, regardless of which version you’re playing (old or new), we’ll explain how the new Special Edition features work and their size up to the 2011 version.
Skyrim remastered PS4, Xbox One, PC: what’s new?
Console players benefit most from the special edition package, which gives them a taste of the benefits that have been in the PC version for years:
Skyrim PS4, Xbox One vs. Skyrim Xbox 360, PS3
- Enhanced visuals, including higher resolution remastered art and effects, volumetric divine rays, dynamic depth of field, native 4K resolution on PS4 Pro, and more.
- In-game mod support
- All post-launch DLC (Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard) included
Skyrim Remastered for PC: How Does the Special Edition Compare to the Original?
- 64-bit support, allowing the game to access more RAM than the original 32-bit edition
- Support for existing mods, as well as those uploaded through Bethesda.net’s own creation kit.
- Support for saves from the original Skyrim in the Special Edition
- Available free to existing Steam users who own the original game and all expansions (Dragonborn, Hearthfire and Dawnguard) or the Legendary Edition.
What DLC is in Skyrim Special Edition?
- Dawnguard: The debut expansion focused on vampires, giving players the option to join them or hunt them down alongside the titular Dawnguard organization. Added new questlines, weapons (like the crossbow), armor, and perks, including skill trees for vampires and warwolves. Dan Whitehead had a mostly positive impression in his Dawnguard 7/10 review, saying, “If all you want is a solid side quest and good loot, this will scratch your itch.”
- Hearthfire: The Stranger of the Trio, this allowed players to build their own house in one of several pre-set locations, as well as the ability to adopt a child. Closer to Fallout 4’s base build than a true expansion, it garnered mixed impressions in our Hearthfire review at the time.
- Dragonborn: Skyrim’s third and final expansion adds the island of Solstheim and the ability to tame and ride dragons. New weapons, quests, enemies, armor pieces, and Dragon Shouts were also added. It was a considerable add-on and the best of the bunch, earning a 9/10 in Dan Whitehead’s Dragonborn review: “This isn’t DLC. It’s an expansion, just like old times.”
If you’re interested in how to start playing all three in the Special Edition, read our page on how to start the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn expansions.
Skyrim Remastered New Visuals: What’s the Resolution, Frame Rate, and Visual Improvements?
Skyrim Special Edition runs at 30 frames per second at 1080p on both PS4 and Xbox One, in line with what we’ve seen in Fallout 4 on the console, according to Digital Foundry:
The console editions also hold up favorably against the original PC version at maximum settings. Meanwhile, the PS4 version will also be updated to have a remastered version of Skyrim for PS4 Pro that will support native 4K visuals.
Meanwhile, visual improvements across all Special Edition systems include:
- Remastered art and effects.
- Volumetric god rays
- Dynamic depth of field
- Screen space reflections
- New snow shaders
- New water shaders
As always on PC, more customization is expected when it comes to visual and resolution settings, and the Special Edition also offers “a visible difference between this remaster and the standard 2011 version, with the landscape improved with new resources; plants , mushrooms, stones, and There are additional trees spread more generously around the initial Riverwood village,” according to Digital Foundry, and the lighting additions make a significant difference.
Skyrim’s enormous scope makes it a very rewarding adventure to get lost in, but also intimidating to explore. Here are our gameplay guides for many of the game’s systems, whether you’re playing the Special Edition or the originals on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
- Skyrim Leveling: How to Level Up Every Skill to Level 100
- Skyrim Warrior Skills: How to Max Out One-Handed, Archery, Heavy Armor, Light Armor, Two-Handed, and Blocking Skills
- Skyrim Mage Skills: How to Maximize Destruction, Conjuration, Restoration, Illusion, and Alteration
- Skyrim Thief Skills: How to Maximize Stealth, Speaking, Pickpocketing, and Lock Picking
- Skyrim Crafting Skills: How to Max Out Enchanting, Alchemy, and Smithing
Gold, weapons and armor
Popular missions and activities
Cheats, mods and amiibo
Skyrim Remastered: What you need to know to get it up and running on PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Skyrim Remastered PC System Specs and Console Storage Requirements
On PC, Skyrim Remastered has the following system specifications:
|Minimum system specifications||Recommended system specifications|
|Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit version)||Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit version)|
|Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945||Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320|
|8GB RAM||8GB RAM|
|12 GB hard drive space||12 GB hard drive space|
|NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB||NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB / AMD R9 290 4GB|
Meanwhile, on console, storage requirements are 20GB on PS4 in North America and 33GB in Europe, and on Xbox One, 17GB in North America and 25GB in Europe. Mods will also reserve an additional 5GB (Xbox One) and 1GB (PS4) of space, due to differences in what is allowed in mods on PS4 and Xbox One (PS4 cannot use assets created outside of the game).
How to get Skyrim Special Edition for free on PC
Bethesda has confirmed that existing Steam users who own the original game and all DLC (Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard) or the Legendary Edition will get a free “upgrade” upon the game’s release.
You might be wondering why the Special Edition isn’t free for existing console owners. Pete Hines, vice president of marketing at Bethesda, previously explains that this is because PS4 and Xbox One are completely new platforms and Skyrim is already available on PC.