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Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Dan


Skyrim Tweaks

Skyrim is finally here and if you aren’t too busy putting barrels on all the heads, here are some tweaks for making Skyrim look and feel better on the PC.  All credit to PCGamer for compiling this list.  And of course thanks to all those credited in the article from Reddit and the Skyrim forums.

Disable mouse smoothing
Go to your Steam Directory, then steamapps, common, skyrim and select Skyrim again. Create a backup of the SkyrimPrefs.ini file. Open the file, then scroll down to where it says [Controls] and find bMouseAcceleration=1. Change to bMouseAcceleration=0. Save, exit, and play This fix and the two below are from Skyrim Reddit, and are credited to “Dead man posting” on the Something Awful Forums.

Change field of view
Head to My Documents, select My Games, select Skyrim and then Skyrim again, then create a backup of the skyrim.ini file. Scroll down to [General] in the file and add fdefaultfov=XX (where XX is the field of view you want). Then save and exit.

Fix common crash to desktop problem
Access the Sound menu from the Control panel. In the playback tab, right click on speakers and select properties. Select the advanced tab on the new screen and select 24 bit, 44100Hz (Studio Quality) from the drop down menu. This fixed crashes for Owen last night.

Disable Vsync
Access the SkyrimPrefs.ini again and add iPresentInterval=0 to the bottom of the [Display] section. This can improve a sluggish framerate and eliminate instances of mouse lag. Thanks to Tweak Guides for this one.

Graphical tweaks
Curate on the Bethesda forums has highlighted a number of interesting variables in the SkyrimPrefs.ini file. Change the digit at the end of each line to 1 to turn the feature on, 0 to turn it off. Don’t forget to create a backup of the SkyrimPrefs.ini file just in case.

Interesting variables are as follows, in order of appearance in the .ini and showing their default settings.

Redditor Ryz also suggests changing iWaterReflectHeight=512 and iWaterReflectWidth=512 to 1024 and adding the following text to the SkyrimPrefs.ini to improve the quality of water reflections.


All these are of course at your own risk, but as we know, FOV and a few others are key components to any PC game.  Good luck out there!

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4 Responses to Skyrim Tweaks

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  2. You can adjust your field of view much more simply by opening the console ( ` by default) and typing “fov XX” where XX is your desired value. Most people are going to want “fov 90,” it looks and feels soooo much better than the default. I believe 90 is also the max.

  3. thric3blinded says:

    The vsync disable is actually under [Display] in the Skyrim.ini file under My Documents\My Games\Skyrim\, not the SkyrimPrefs.ini in the Steam directory.



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