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Tamriel Awaits You in the Skyrim Special Edition Launch Trailer; System Requirements Revealed

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Posted: 12:35PM

After five years, it's nearly time to head back to Tamriel and the cold north of Skyrim, as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition arrives in two weeks. This remaster of Skyrim bumps the game up to the same engine enhancements as seen in Fallout 4, meaning a 64-bit engine with volumetric lighting, dynamic depth of field, and screen-space reflections. It also has new water and snow shaders, as well as remastered art and effects to give us a stunning sight in the land of the Nords (and dragons). It gives the game a quality boost normally obtained with mods on PC, which probably means modders can give the PC version an even larger boost over the console versions. Only thing I'm not looking forward to are any updates to the mods I normally run, especially since it's been about two years since I last loaded up Skyrim. However, both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners get the benefit of mods in their Skyrim Special Edition, bringing a nice form of parity to both systems. All of it is on display in the launch trailer below (well, not all the mods, but you get the idea).

It's quite a sight to see how Skyrim looked back in 2011 and how it looks now in 2016. It's truly something to see, especially with even more mods tossed its way. If you're planning to pick up a PlayStation 4 Pro when it arrives next month, you'll be happy to know Skyrim Special Edition supports 4K gaming on it. For those getting it on PC, Bethesda has revealed the system requirements, which are just a bit more than what Skyrim required five years ago.

Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
8GB of RAM
12 GB free HDD space

Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320
8GB of RAM
12 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB

Yup, just a bit more involved than Skyrim back in the day. You'll need a 64-bit OS to run this, since, as I said, the redone Creation Engine is now a 64-bit engine. Hard drive space is minimal, but that's before any mods are installed. Console storage is a little bigger, as PS4 needs 20GB in North America (33GB in Europe), and XBO needs 17GB in North America (25GB in Europe). All in all, nothing too terrible is required, but if you're putting off any upgrades, now might be a good time to get them ready.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition arrives October 28 on PC, PS4, and XBO. Your time as the Dragonborn starts anew then. Any Steam users that own Skyrim and all its DLC get the Special Edition for free. Not bad at all.

Source: Bethesda.net and YouTube

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