Reports are coming in that Bethesda's newly launched remastered version of Skyrim is causing a host of problems for PC users. One of the biggest issues reported by users across Bethesda's and the Steam forums is that the game constantly crashes making it completely unplayable.
Skyrim: Special Edition is the remastered version of the game and contains a significant graphical upgrade for players. Since it's launch numerous problems are being reported including crashes, blurry textures, assets not loading, black textures, constant frame rate drops and the game not even launching.
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Many players who are actually able to launch the game are complaining about the various performance issues and buggy state of the game that is making the game problematic. Players are unhappy that their own hardware specs far outweigh that of the minimum recommended specs for the game and yet are experiencing at times under 30 FPS even on lower than ultra settings.
Here's the minimum specs for the game:
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Processor: Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB
Storage: 12 GB available space
The game has already received a mixed reception on Steam's user reviews with players citing that bugs that were in the original are still present as well as the problems previously mentioned. One user writes " I wouldn't call this a complete remaster. It doesn't feel finished to me. Not all of the textures have been upgraded, and while they didn't bother me before they definitely stick out like a sore thumb against the shiny new textures"
Other users have expressed utter disbelief that the seeming only improvement has been some textures to which they have replied they could have got from a mod. At the same time asking why the UI, PC port and other problems that were inherent to the original have not been fixed in the remaster.
Players are also displeased with the fact that Skyrim's mods don't work with the remastered version leaving a community that is very mod focused scratching their heads as to why Bethesda have allowed this to happen.
Skyrim's popularity and longevity had been solely down to the existence of the modding community and often modders themselves patch out issues that the developers leave in their open world games. The fact that none of the mods now work for the game has left people very displeased that they cannot play their favorite mods with the new texture improvements.
The remaster makes sense for console gamers who want a better looking game however it seems like a frivolous pursuit for the PC as the game has had over five years of dedicated mod support that offers much more than the remaster seems to. Bethesda have yet to comment on the issues been experienced by PC players.
We have gathered together a couple of workarounds for some of the issues. These may or may not solve your issues depending on the rig and os you are running. No official fixes have been offered at this time but we have gathered together some known workarounds.
G-Sync Frame Rate Stuttering - Open the config file named SkyrimPrefs.ini from Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition, find the line iVSyncPresentInterval=1 and change its value 1 to 0, now save and close the file.
Blue Blurs on Characters or Blurry Textures - This problem is occurring mostly for Nvidia users. To fix this issue, go to NVIDIA Control Panel, select Manage 3D settings, click Program Settings tab. then click Select a program to customize option, add “SkyrimSE.exe”. Now choose High-performance NVIDIA processor at Select the preferred graphics processor for this program option.
Game isn’t Launching - Locate the two executables in game directory, SkyrimSE.exe and SkyrimSELauncher.exe. Click with the right mouse button, go Properties, click on the Compatibility tab, set Windows 7 compatibility mode, below select Run as Administrator and done.
How to change FOV - The default is 75° hor+ and can be changed using FOV X console command where X is your horizontal+ FOV value.
Many of the other issues such as the constant crashing have yet to have a decent workaround. We recommend verifying your cache on Steam and if this doesn't solve your particular woes, sadly, it's a case of waiting for a hotfix from Bethesda.