Since its release on November 11th, 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim acquired huge success in the gaming industry, with almost perfect scores and a huge amount of players on Steam. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is best known for its amazing graphics, gameplay and unique role-playing style. Still, given that the device used to run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can manage it, the graphics can be edited by each and every user, offering the opportunity to experience the same amazing game with even better looks.
Esential Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Tweaks Guide
First of all, the policy about editing the graphics in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is fairly straightforward, the graphic options being accessible via the .ini files used to store such settings as resolution, v-sync and other video options. The .ini files can be modified manually in order to get the best results. Once edited, the .ini files of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are to implement the changes during the next startup of the game itself. Those .ini files used for storing settings can be found in My Documents / My Games / Skyrim. In order to access the wanted .ini files, a program such as Notepad is required.
If the .ini files are edited in a manner that makes the game inoperable, just delete them and the application will recreate all the missing files at their default settings. In order to prevent alterations of the .ini files once edited, just lock them via Properties à Read Only.
High Quality Anisotropic Texture Filtering – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Tweaks
Using default settings, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim uses poor Anisotropic Filtering, with basic sharpening textures that increase fidelity and detail. Using certain modifications and at a cost of a few frames per second, High Quality Anisotropic Texture Filtering can be obtained.
To make this particular tweak, simply use NVIDIA Control Panel (or NVIDIA Inspector). The next step is to modify the settings in order for them to appear as ‘shown’.
Those settings are to be duplicated via NVIDIA Inspector in order to enable High Quality Anisotropic Texture Filtering for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
An alternate method in order to obtain those settings can be configured via NVIDIA Control Panel that will also ensure the High Quality Anisotropic Texture Filtering for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
- Access NVIDIA Control Panel; go to ‘Manage 3D Settings’; select ‘Program Settings’; pick ‘Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’.
- Configure ‘Anisotropic Filtering’ to a value of 16x
- Set ‘Texture Filtering – Quality’ to ‘High Quality’
- Use the Apply button to save the configuration.
Shadow Quality – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Tweaks
Shadows in Skyrim work somewhat curious, as all of the shadows are in a direct link with the distance at which they become visible. In order to obtain the sharpest possible shadows available, a certain limitation in the distance is required for the shadows to get in the ‘activation range’ faster. With this tweak applied, shadows become sharper and even more defined compared to the default options.
In order to obtain better Shadow Quality in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, some configuration of the SkyrimPrefs.ini is required, as follows:
Using those tweaks, the overall experience of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can be improved when it comes to visual effects at the cost of a few frames per second.