The Elder Scrolls V’s Xbox One and PlayStation 4 remaster may have spruced up the beloved RPG’s visuals, but the re-release didn’t update the game’s 30fps framerate target for consoles. However, thanks to a Skyrim 60fps mod and the power of Xbox Series X, console players can now experience a more fluid Dragonborn adventure.
The Skyrim 60fps mod is just a colloquial name for the add-on. Posted on the XboxSeriesX subreddit, the Uncap FPS Mod is available to download from the Skyrim add-ons section of the Xbox One game, or through the Bethesda website here.
Originally created for the Xbox One version of Skyrim, this mod does exactly what it says on the tin: players will be able to play with the framerate cap doubled from 30fps to 60fps.
However, with the slower CPU of the Xbox One family of consoles, it wasn’t guaranteed that players would get 60fps at all. In fact, the mod recommends that players download “other performance mods like Disable God rays, FPS Boost, Insignificant Object Remover” to get a more solid framerate.
With the boosted power of Xbox Series X, players are reporting that the framerate of Skyrim is hitting a consistent 60fps on Microsoft’s next-gen machine. While nobody has reported that Xbox Series S is also hitting that doubled framerate target, the boosted specs over base Xbox One should see the budget next-gen machine pulling in very similar numbers.
Unfortunately, playing this Skyrim 60fps mod will usually disable achievements. However, Reddit user TotalCyberNet has found a clever workaround:
“After applying this mod, reboot the game – mod manager – disable the mod – start the game (non-modded save file or new game). In this way, the game still runs at 60fps and you can unlock achievements,” the Reddit user writes. “Use Quick Resume if you don’t want to repeat this process everytime you boot the game.”
Skyrim is currently playable on Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X through backward compatibly. While no enhancements have been added for the new Xbox consoles, there should be some coming in the future. With Xbox bringing out a Fallout 4 60fps update in the near future, a Skyrim 60fps patch should be on its way as well.
With Microsoft also working through a massive $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda Softworks parent company Zenimax Media, games like Skyrim will also be making their way into Xbox Game Pass.
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