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Skyrim HD Pack Updated

Bethesda Blog has details on an update that's now available on Steam for the free HD texture pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:

In a continued effort to support our PC fanbase, weíve released a Steam update to Skyrimís (free) HD Texture Pack. In addition to high resolution textures in the main game, the update adds improved textures for Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and the newly-released Dragonborn.

Before you download, make sure your PC has the horsepower to support it. Make sure your system requirements exceed Skyrimís recommended specs before attempting to install, and that your PC has 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.

If you already have the Skyrim texture pack, be aware that youíll be downloading an update thatís approximately 4.7 GB in size.

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6. Re: Skyrim HD Pack Updated Feb 7, 2013, 01:11 Creston
entr0py wrote on Feb 7, 2013, 00:14:
Why not just include proper PC textures in the PC version from the start? I remember other console ports doing the same thing, and pretending like it's a free bonus rather than a patch to complete the game posthoc.

Well, there's a couple of reasons. When they released Skyrim, they had no HD texture pack, and they waited to see how the game did on PC to decide whether to bundle up their high(er) res textures.

Now, with Dragonborn, I'm sure they saw the amount of pre-orders and decided to do one straight away.

And since you do actually need quite a beefy rig to be able to run the game well with this texture pack, if you include it from the start, the people with lesser rigs will get shitty performance.

I have no problem with the way Bethesda has done this. When was the last time a developer

A) Included several major performance improving mods into its actual patches.
B) Released not one but TWO HD texture packs for its game?

On a sidenote, some funny guy was whining at Bethesda's community manager that he wanted the HD textures for his PS3 version. Apparently the word "performance" is something that's not in his vocabulary. Heh, for the PS3. It can't run Vanilla Skyrim at 30fps. With the texture pack in place, I doubt it'd get 5fps.

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