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Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit

The Bethesda Blog announces the release of the promised Creation Kit for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, providing modification support for their RPG sequel. They also announce Steam now features a Skyrim High Resolution Texture Pack as free DLC, confirming indications that such a graphics upgrade was the "surprise" recently hinted at by Bethesda. Here's a tutorial video introducing the creation kit, and here's word:

Modders rejoice! We’re pleased to announce that the Skyrim Creation Kit is now available!

With the Creation Kit’s release, fans can now upload, download, and install custom content through the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. Get a crash course by reading level designer Joel Burgess’ blog post, and be sure to read up on our list of best practices for modding. Need more help? Don’t forget to to check out the official Wiki at www.CreationKit.com. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be sharing tutorial videos for beginners and experts alike. Check out the first tutorial above, and visit the Bethesda Game Studios YouTube Channel for more.

In addition to releasing the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop, today we’re allowing players to experience Skyrim as you’ve never seen it before with the Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack. Before downloading it from Steam, make sure your system requirements exceed Skyrim’s recommended specs before attempting to install, including Windows Vista/7, a minimum of 4GB of system RAM, and a DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with at least 1 GB of RAM and the latest drivers.

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121. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 9, 2012, 15:48 theyarecomingforyou
 
Dades wrote on Feb 8, 2012, 21:19:
There is no such thing as LED HDTVs, that's industry marketing. There are LCD HDTVs that use LED backlighting.
I'm well-aware of that but there was no confusion over what I was referring to.

Dades wrote on Feb 8, 2012, 21:19:
You're talking about cheap plasmas and cheap plasmas are still usually above the quality of cheap LCDs.
At the same price point plasmas have a lower resolution (typically 1024x768) than LCD (typically 1920x1080). This is especially problematic for 3DTVs, where horizontal resolution is critical.

Dades wrote on Feb 8, 2012, 21:19:
Showrooms are purposely staged to sell you specific profit margin items and LCDs always have their settings dialed to the maximum to assist with this. In fact most TVs now come with a store setting which purposely misrepresents their intended picture settings.
That's obvious. All manufacturers will promote the settings that result in the best sales - that applies to plasma to. But the same applies to plasma. Unless you're trying to tell me that plasma manufacturers want their TVs to look crap to customers?

Dades wrote on Feb 8, 2012, 21:19:
If someone wants a TV with the best picture though then the past several years running that's been a plasma model (Pioneer Kuro, Panasonic GT/VT models). You have to go to very high end LCD models to see the rough equivalent and most usually can't do the black levels of a plasma nor render motion without a lot of obvious panel processing.
Again, I dispute that. Plasmas are cheaper, have excellent contrast and viewing angles. But the picture isn't as sharp and movement doesn't look as natural (despite the higher refresh rates). LED HDTVs have come down in price nowadays, having better brightness and comparable viewing angles; they also now have better black levels. I have a 42" LED 100Hz TV attached to my computer and a 47" LED 3DTV in my main room - both were top end models. I compared the picture quality of both directly to the plasma models on display - from the cheapest to the most expensive - and they were both noticeably better. We can each pull out particular models that have advantages over the competing technology but my purchasing decisions are based explicitly on quality, not price.

Verno wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 08:52:
I'm also surprised to see anyone suggest LCDs have better image quality than plasmas, almost sounds like confirmation bias as it's pretty widely recognized on most major AV forums that the mid to high end plasmas have the best image quality. Normally it's just a question of whether people can stomach their downsides or not.
Surely the opposite would be the case, with people trying to justify why their cheap plasma TV is better than the more expensive LED ones? I'm basing it upon my own personal experience, comparisons I've read online, forum posts and sales people at the store (obviously taking into account that they're trying to shift more expensive products). Obviously a lot of it is subjective and it obviously depends on the quality of particular models. Like plasma, most LCDs TVs are crap at the low-end - we're in complete agreement there; my comparison is only talking about the high-end models. It looks like we're not going to agree on this matter.

PS - Burn-in is also an issue for LCD displays, though not as severe. The first HDTV I bought was back in 2006; a 37" 720p LCD. The picture quality was excellent for the time (again, was able to compare it with others in a show room) but after about 3-4yrs there were noticeable patterns where the Sky UI (which is bright blue) had burned into the screen, lasting longer each time.
 
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