New Skyrim Special Edition Trailer Shows Off Improved Graphics

Direct comparisons show how much better the current-gen versions look.

Bethesda has released a new trailer for the upcoming current-gen re-release, Skyrim Special Edition, which focuses on the graphical boost the current-gen versions are getting.

The trailer itself isn’t very long and clocks in at about a minute and a half, but that’s plenty of time to show just how much the game’s graphics have been improved from what they looked like on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to what they will look like on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

It’s not a big enough leap to make up for the fact that Skyrim is nearly five years old (and there’s only so much that can be done with five-year-old graphics capabilities), but it’s noticeable enough to warrant picking up the Special Edition if you never happened to play the original release.

The Skyrim Special Edition release will also be significant because it will mark the first time that mods are available for console versions of Skyrim, a feature that was originally limited to the game’s PC release.

Skyrim Special Edition will launch one week from today on Friday, October 28th. In addition to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it will also be available for PC, and those who already own Skyrim on PC will even get the Special Edition upgrade for free. If you want to know whether your PC can run Skyrim Special Edition, be sure to check out our previous coverage of the Special Edition’s PC requirements.

Nate Hohl

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