Will Skyrim Remastered Run At 1080p On PS4 And Xbox One? And Does It Matter?

The answers are: yes, and no.

Posted By | On 28th, Aug. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Amusingly enough, one of the more anticipated releases this year is the upcoming The Elder Scrolls Skyrim: Special Edition, the extensive remaster of the 2011 hit RPG by Bethesda. The remaster in general appears to be pretty thorough as remasters go- it will include all the expansions and DLC in the package, it has support for mods on the console versions, and the graphics have been touched up nicely.

But in this day and age of console wars and pixel counting, the one question that is likely to, unfortunately, come to the forefront of any discourse about this game and especially its graphics is the question about its resolution. In simple words- will this game output in 1080p on PS4 and Xbox One?

First, let’s actually answer that question: yes. If Fallout 4, which was a fully ‘next gen game’ (though it didn’t look like much of a one) was running in 1080p on Xbox One and PS4, then Skyrim, a remaster of a last generation game, definitely will. This isn’t even to mention that the visual upgrades to the game, while effective, are ultimately pretty modest.

With that out of the way- seriously guys, how does it even matter? You’re talking about playing a remaster of a five year old game at this point, is it really going to make a difference if this game, over all other games, does not run in 1080p? Is that what we’ve come to, where we’re not only engaging in resolution wars, but we’re doing it for a five year old game?

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  • Tyler Watson

    A better question would be, “How well will Skyrim perform on PS4 compared to FO4 on PS4?” More importantly, how will it perform on PS4 compared to the train wreck that is the PS3 version?

  • kee1haul

    XB1 out performed PS4 on Fallout 4. Expect the same here.

    • Console and PC Master Race

      PS4 outperformed XB1 on Fallout 4. I expect the same here.

    • kee1haul

      Here are two articles that say I’m right. Also performs better on Far Harbour, and xbox can even have the fog effects enabled. PS4 does not. And good luck with those mods…



    • Console and PC Master Race

      That’s true about the fog effects; it’s due to the higher clock speed of the X1 and slower clock speed of PS4. I have been enjoying the mods immensely on my PC (double 1080’s). I doubt PS4 will ever get mods for FO4 btw. But as I was saying, since I have an Xbox One as well as a PS4, I have been able to compare both versions side by side, running the same game simultaneously. To me the PS4 version looks better, with the exception of the fog (less of it in Far Harbour) and of course no mods. My PC absolutely demolishes either console version though.

  • justerthought

    Claiming that if Fallout 4 can run 1080p, then Skyrim can run 1080p is silly. The graphics in Skyrim, even on PS3, are far more lush and complex than Fallout 4.

    Fallout 4 struggled with the frame rate, especially the Far Harbour DLC, so if Skyrim on PS4 also suffers poor performance in order to deliver 1080p, then it won’t be much of an improvement from the PS3 version it replaces, making it pretty much obsolete.

    • Psionicinversion

      what? hahah yeah PC players were so lucky to get 1080p on skyrim that had bad performance issues cus they couldnt be bothered optimise stuff properly. didnt fallout 4 have a lot of issues on the pc to?

    • cosmicrays

      Didn’t Fallout 4 have a lot of issues on consoles? From what I can remember it had frame drops across all platforms and elder scrolls five was coming out at the tail end of Bethesda’s glory days , so it was better than fallout 4 in performance (from what I remember).

    • NR Taylor

      I have a EVGA 1080GTX FTW video card that tells me I won’t have any framerate issues!

    • cosmicrays

      Talking about Fallout 4 or Skyrim Remaster?

  • Dex

    It does matter that it’s in 1080p because remastering a game in 100% about visuals.

    If not then it was a big waste of development. To be honest, it should play in 1080p and for early 2018 possibly have options for 2160 assuming the ps4 will also have an upgraded system like project Scorpio.

    • Psionicinversion

      sony wont drop the ps5 until 2019

  • red2k

    It will be at 1080p because that engine originally ran very well with Xbox 360 even better than PS3. It will work perfectly.

  • Some Guy who wanted to comment

    If my PC with an i5 processor and 4GB of RAM and an Intel HD graphics card can run Skyrim in 1080p at over 30FPS consistently, I don’t see why a more powerful console couldn’t, even with extra graphical features.

  • Mr Xrat

    It’ll still have all the bugs it did five years ago.

    • NR Taylor

      Actually, no! You’ll be able to use the Unofficial Patch mod = bugs fixed!

      One of the features of the Remaster is to allow access to PC mods, remember?

    • RainyOdin

      Actually, you might not be able to use that on ps4

  • Plerpy

    Res and frame rate kind of does matter in a remaster. If it’s still 720p you may as well play it on last gen consoles.

  • MG Sumner

    What an absolutely ridiculous article. Skyrim is one of the best games ever made and its accolades, beyond my word, prove it. Perhaps the shoddy games that have been produced recently have caused players to look back to better times and games. Deplorable article…”we’re doing it for a five year old game”…you can do better than that.

  • crizz1066

    Surely this will be same as always. Sony hits 1080 and the X1 struggles to get 900!!! It is forever destined to be an also ran!!

  • Seeker

    You’re an idiot if you think the upgraded, remastered graphics are modest. Look again, the leap forward in graphics for Skyrim between last gen and current gen are huge and night and day.


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