How To Get Your Skyrim Special Edition On PC

How To Get Your Skyrim Special Edition On PC
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It’s awesome to be on PC sometimes.

So Skyrim Special Edition comes out this week. If you want to buy it on console you have to buy the thing. If you’re on PC you get the update for free.

Well, to be more specific you need to own either the ‘Legendary’ edition of Skyrim or you have to own all the DLC. Which makes sense because the Special Edition comes complete with all that content.

To be clear — you must own the Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn expansion packs to be eligible for the upgrade.

To ensure eligibility, says the little message on Steam, you want to get this all in order before October 28th.

Also, Bethesda released its recommended/minimum specs, which are as follows…

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

The global release time for the game is 12am UTC on Friday, October 28, which translates to 11am Australian Eastern.


  • Wow, recommended specs are almost equal to that of Witcher 3, might be time to reinstall Skyrim for another time sink till Q1:17

  • How would I be travelling:

    i7-6700 (not the K)
    GTX 970
    8GB RAM

    I only have the base game, so I’d have to pony up for the DLCs. I should have grabbed them when they were recently on sale.

    I tried looking into the RealVision ENB stuff, but baulked. Should I buy the DLCs, upgrade to the Remastered Edition, or just try again to do it myself using RealVision?

    My 100hr save file is what is truly worrying me. I only ever did the Hogwarts stuff (northern region of the map, something about a magic orb at the college. I got a laboratory for my troubles) and always wanted to go back but truly haven’t played it since about 2012.

    Will my save game transfer over? I suspect it will.

    • You should be more than fine, based on my performance in Witcher 3 with a 970 and i5-4460.

      Bethesda haven’t yet 100% confirmed save transfers, but have suggested that it should theoretically be possible.

      And honestly if you can get them cheap enough, DLCs are worth it. Pretty decent content, but not for full price.

    • You’re best bet is to search around for the PC Legendary edition key, that’ll have the DLC which you can add to your steam account.

      Some sketchy sites have it as low as $13AUD, but I’m wary of these as I’ve had my card details stolen from them before, as well as the potential for the key to be a generated code instead of a legit one from Bethesda.
      Ozgameshop has the retail box for $25AUD
      EBGames has a hard copy for $40

      The DLC alone on steam is over $56USD

      I can see no reason why your save games will not work, though it is possible you may need to copy them from the Skyrim directory to Skyrim Special Edition directory.

      Your PC Specs look fine, the 6700 is still a high tier CPU, and my 970 will run Fallout 4 at 60fps+ on ultra all day, so I can’t imagine it will have any problem with Skyim.

      I personally think the Special Edition looks better than any of the ENB’s available, and there will always be modders who are going to go back and patch their ENB’s for the new version as well.

      • Just picked it up for $15 AUD on G2A, activated on Steam fine. It can be dodgy, but PayPal and the extra $5 for the guarantee (which if your key is invalid, you can get it swapped out for another) make it a very viable and cheap option.

  • As strange as it might sound coming from a long time fan of Bethesda’s rpgs, I’m extremely reluctant to pick this up since my current install of Skyrim is stable with dozens of mods and hundreds of hours played across several character saves. Introducing a new version, however pretty, is very likely to mess around with my stability. Save game transfers being theoretically possible doesn’t help the situation either. Seems like a pointless release to me, let the modders deal with graphical overhauls.

  • Love Skyrim. Looking forward to this.

    I’m usually skeptical on remakes, but not in this case.

  • Shit thanks Mark! I bought it on disc a while back planning to install it whenever it came out, didn’t think to redeem the code before hand.

  • Hm, the question will be how different this is compared to OG Skyrim + mods.

    The newer version of DX is nice, but we’ll see.

    (The answer of course is “porqueno los dos?”)

    • 64bit engine means no more 3.2gb RAM limit which means no more crashing due to going over 3.2 gb of ram. It also have built in ENB/SweetFX for added stability. Basically once the mods and SKSE have been ported over, this is the version of skyrim you will be running from here on out

      • Ah, very good. At the end of the day it’s a free upgrade for me anyway, so even if it was negligible it’d be worth it. Sounds like it’s not negligible though.

  • Is this timed? Do I already need to of owned it before the date for the free update? Or can I grab it the disc on the weekend (it’s cheaper than steam)?

    • Not 100% sure, I remember reading somewhere you had to purchase it before the release date but might be worth messaging Bethesda support to find out.

  • Can it also be a clean install separate to your modded SD Skyrim? Or does it install over all your old game folders?

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