During Bethesda's E3 press conference, they announced that Xbox One and PS4 users would be able to get their hands on an all new take on the 2011 release of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with an HD remastered special edition of the game.
The Verge compiled a number of the top trailers that were unveiled during the E3 press conference that Bethesda held in Los Angeles Sunday night. One of those trailers happens to be the remastered edition of Skyrim, which is coming to the Xbox One and PS4 for the very first time.
So what do you get the in this remaster of one of the most popular games from the last generation? Well, it contains all of the DLC previously released for the Xbox 360, PC and PS3. In addition to the DLC and updates, the biggest change is the addition of the high definition textures and higher quality meshes for the characters and environment.
Essentially, think of it as the HD mod packs for PC getting the shift to the home consoles. Now according to game director Todd Howard, the HD textures and meshes in Skyrim Special Edition are actually of higher quality than the standard HD packs that are available for PC.
The only question is if the Xbox One and PS4 can run the HD upgrades without getting hit with major slow-downs, frame-rate stuttering or frame drops? The optimization issues were absolutely abysmal for the PS3 for the post-launch DLC packs, with a lot of players having tons of problems getting the game to run properly on Sony's last gen system. A lot of these problems were spawned from a lack of RAM on the PS3, resulting in corrupted saves, the DLC not loading and plenty of load issues. For months PS3 gamers complained about the compatibility issues in Skyrim when it came to the DLC not working properly, so hopefully things work out a lot better on the PS4 and Xbox One, especially since they're going to be supporting mods.
In addition to the god rays being included in the game, which are real-time, ray-based volumes that shine through objects dynamically, Bethesda have added screen space light sourcing and occlusion have also been added to the mix, along with the ability to add mods to the mix.
Yes, following on the success of having mods in Fallout 4, Bethesda will be adding mod support for Skyrim on the Xbox One and PS4. Only select mods will be available, and more than likely certain large-scale overhauls won't be available for download on the consoles. Fallout 4 has a 2GB mod limit, so expect a similar limitation on the special edition of Skyrim.
According to Geek, for PC gamers who have already purchased the Legendary Edition of Skyrim and own all of the DLC, Bethesda has stated that they will allow PC gamers to freely upgrade to the Skyrim Special Edition when it launches on October 28. Everyone else will have to pay the normal price for the game when it launches this fall.