Skyrim Special Edition – Gone Gold & System Requirements

Posted By Matt Grandstaff on Bethesda

Skyrim is ready for you. Are you ready for Skyrim?

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Watching that live-action trailer gives us goosebumps and brings up countless #SkyrimMemories. It feels like just yesterday we announced that Skyrim had “Gone Gold” back in 2011. In true Elder Scrolls fashion, we celebrated with mead brewed by our very own Bethesda Game Studios developers with the same attention to detail that was put into the game itself.

Yet here we are – five years later – and we’re thrilled to announce that Skyrim Special Edition has gone gold, and that October 28 launch date is fast-approaching. All the memories – fan tributes, Mods, personal stories and even that phenomenon of taking an arrow to the knee – feel fresh again. The Special Edition features a significant overhaul to the game, including:

  • Mod support on consoles
  • Remastered art and effects
  • Volumetric lighting (“God Rays”)
  • Dynamic Depth of Field
  • Screen-space reflections
  • New snow and water shaders

Soon, players will be able experience the game on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – with mods – for the very first time, and the Special Edition will include native 4K support for the PlayStation 4 Pro. But what’s most exciting to us is that Special Edition also means a new generation of players can create new Skyrim Memories and learn what it means to be Dragonborn for the very first time.

Skyrim Special Edition going gold also marks the first time we’re celebrating a release as an international studio. We can’t say enough about the hard work and love our Montreal studio poured into this project.

It’s enough to celebrate with a drink. Pass the mead!


In addition to our going gold announcement, we’re happy to share more technical details on the release of Skyrim Special Edition, including what you’ll need to be ready on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Skyrim Special Edition Requirements

PC System Specs

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

Console Storage Needs

20 GB (North America)
33 GB (Europe)

Xbox One
17 GB (North America)
25 GB (Europe)

Skyrim Special Edition will release on Friday, October 28, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game is available for pre-order in stores and digitally for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. As a bonus, Steam users that already own the game and all of the Skyrim DLC will be able to get Skyrim Special Edition for free. Visit Steam for more details.


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