Here's Skyrim: Special Edition Looking Prettier With Mods

The whole point of Skyrim's special edition was to improve the game's visuals, but just because Bethesda did it officially doesn't mean folks aren't out there trying to make things look even better.

As is the cast with most PC games (Skyrim especially, see above), some of the most effective ways have come from the use of ENB, a series of mods that mess with everything from lighting to shaders.

Users in ENB's forums are sharing screenshots they have taken using their custom configurations. They're very nice. It's up to you to decide how much nicer they are than mods already out for the original Skyrim, though.

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Note that because ENB is about customising the mods to suit your own tastes, each of these screens uses slightly different settings. If you want to try it out yourself, you can get the downloads here.


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    Looks great in screenshots. Getting vanilla Skyrim to run smoothly with HD textures, flora/grass mods and an ENB on top can be tricky. Even with a powerful PC, the limitations of the game engine could still hold you back. I haven't tried the special edition yet, but I'm hoping the improved engine makes things easier.

      It's 64-bit now which is the biggest improvement to mods as it allows more RAM access with the SE amongst other things

    Using a re-shader ENB right now on the SE with minimal mods but it absolutely makes all the difference in some cases. One thing I realised is everything seems to install a bit easier and with less hassle in this new version even without a mod manager. Also the much needed ram access is so welcome! I haven't tried installing any old mods but it seems a lot of people already tried and are having success with some of them. We'll probably all end up running 200 mods within a few moths and find new ways to crash Skyrim SE haha

    I've had some luck getting the game to run smoothly using a reshade to clean up the visuals a bit. Get the game to run at a 40-50 FPS. However, I am running a GTX 670!

    When I try to us an ENB, the open world has too much going on, and I drop below 40 FPS quite quickly. Once again, GTX 670.

    Without either an ENB or a Reshade my game (now with almost 200+ mods, including a buttload of texture packs) runs at a reasonable 50-60 FPS.

    I am looking forward to upgrading to a GTX 1070 soon, which means I can go nuts with shaders, ENBs, and making the game look hawt! E.g. don't be discouraged if your system is old, Skyrim Special Edition is much improved, and can easily run on older systems. You may not be able to get the ENBs/Reshades that you want, but you can definitely enjoy a large part of what Skyrim is all about, the Mods.

    Last edited 17/11/16 8:47 am

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