Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Console or PC version – Inevitable debate

 

By Posted 9 Jul 2011, 09:29

With Elder Scrolls V Skyrim now approaching on the horizon, gamers can now start to really get excited about the upcoming launch regardless of if you’re planning to pick up a PC version or console version.

But while many of you will naturally agree that the PC version of the game will look the most impressive from a graphics point of view, it will be interesting to see just how close Bethesda has managed to get the console versions running in comparison.

The early signs are good though, as although Bethesda began to unveil PC footage of the game to start with, we have already seen the Xbox 360 version of the game in action and we’re pleased to say it looks pretty stunning.

It looks like only die hard purists of the Elder Scrolls franchise will be able to tell the differences apart from all three versions as Bethesda look to make the graphics similar on all three builds. However, it isn’t exactly good news for those of you who were commited to picking up the PC version from day one, as it means that Bethesda has seemingly tweaked the PC version to allow it to be visually comparable to the Xbox 360 and PS3 builds of the game.

Here is a quote from design director Todd Howard that we’ve picked out in relation to the graphics featured in all three versions, as taken from Bad Cartridge:

“We are working at pop-up issues, and we want to make sure that the graphics of the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 are alike. All three will look just as good, aside from the higher resolution and the anti-aliasing of the PC of course.”

As you can see, it’s a catch 22 situation for Bethesda, as they will want to please Xbox 360 and PS3 owners by making a game that looks on par with the PC version. On the plus side for PC players, you will get to enjoy a higher resolution and also anti-aliasing which will make your version of the game slighty better on paper.

Considering the changes are not that minor, we don’t see this affecting all platform sales of the game. Console users will still buy either the Xbox 360 or PS3 version, and those with a high end PC rig can enjoy Skyrim with a higher resolution. We’re itching to bring you some comparison gameplay videos between the three platforms, so we’ll bring you those as soon as we have them.

Which version of the game will you be picking up this November and why?

  • Sjoert Jansen

    What a rediculous article. Sure you will be able to see major differences if you have a good PC. Besides the higher resolutions and AA, you get better rendering and other extra’s. This has been recently discussed in an interview with the fans on bethsoft.com and Gamasutra. Todd Howard said it himself, the PC version will look better. The question is, is it worth it. For those that like to game in the living room on the sofa, with a bigger distance from the screen, the console version is the better option. If you have a good PC I’d go for the PC version. Both better looking, a keyboard and mouse with quicksafe and other features. And MODs. The PC game will look much better and will be enhanced and purged of most bugs within 2 months of release.

    • antonne walker

      no my xboxxxxxx lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.watkins1 Aaron Watkins

        Honestly I fine no debate viable over this topic. A decent computer in all honesty isn’t as painstakingly expensive as many people think. Looking at what console players pay to keep up the games they own with xbox live and the 10+ dollar DLC or 20+ Arcade games you could come up with 500 bucks in no time. And if you can search google for a day you’ll fine building a comp is as easy as 123. As for the comfort issue, as stated in a comment above, it isnt impossible to sit on your couch across a 50′ Plasma with a pc. That Tv is a monitor after all and can be plugged up to a PC as such. Controllers are not impossible either. Microsoft games are all controller enabled and even games that arent are easily made so with wonderful freeware that map the controller for you. As for graphics, the argument in the article was over similar graphics for console to PC, but what this article forgot to put into account were the many dedicated Modifiers that the elder scrolls games have accumulated over the large span of years. If you were to look up Oblivion on youtube searching for something called OBGE v3 and the Qarl’s Texture Pack III you would see that Oblivion after 5 years is a new game almost on par with games today, simply because of the mods. Which WILL be the same with Skyrim, no doubt. All in all, you will get a game for an amazing price for what content is available to you, you’ll get spectacular visual enhancements (modded and Vanilla), and a chance to make the game fir your own style, for free (ie. Creation Kit). Now as for the console players only standing point. Xbox and PS3 have a larger player community, but here is the thing…. Skyrim is a 1 person RPG. Xbox live and PSN are irrelevant. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.watkins1 Aaron Watkins

        Honestly I fine no debate viable over this topic. A decent computer in all honesty isn’t as painstakingly expensive as many people think. Looking at what console players pay to keep up the games they own with xbox live and the 10+ dollar DLC or 20+ Arcade games you could come up with 500 bucks in no time. And if you can search google for a day you’ll fine building a comp is as easy as 123. As for the comfort issue, as stated in a comment above, it isnt impossible to sit on your couch across a 50′ Plasma with a pc. That Tv is a monitor after all and can be plugged up to a PC as such. Controllers are not impossible either. Microsoft games are all controller enabled and even games that arent are easily made so with wonderful freeware that map the controller for you. As for graphics, the argument in the article was over similar graphics for console to PC, but what this article forgot to put into account were the many dedicated Modifiers that the elder scrolls games have accumulated over the large span of years. If you were to look up Oblivion on youtube searching for something called OBGE v3 and the Qarl’s Texture Pack III you would see that Oblivion after 5 years is a new game almost on par with games today, simply because of the mods. Which WILL be the same with Skyrim, no doubt. All in all, you will get a game for an amazing price for what content is available to you, you’ll get spectacular visual enhancements (modded and Vanilla), and a chance to make the game fir your own style, for free (ie. Creation Kit). Now as for the console players only standing point. Xbox and PS3 have a larger player community, but here is the thing…. Skyrim is a 1 person RPG. Xbox live and PSN are irrelevant. 

  • jacob Needham

     although graphical issues for PC are looking bleak because of the current console vs. PC debate, the one thing that will make me; no doubt buy Skyrim on PC are the Mods, if the PC version isn’t as good as it should be- it will undoubtedly be fixed in a matter of weeks/months after Skyrim’s release by the many dedicated modders out there- and from there things can only get better… in a few months after it’s release Skyrim will look next generation in comparison to the console versions- if you’ve seen GTA IV’s ICenhancer ENB mod you’ll know that good graphics, can easily be amazing.

    new content will be added- such as Nehrim for Oblivion- a Mod that exceeds all others in story, exceptional environments and scripting.

    And although i’m sure everyone knows, the Creation kit will be a free download for PC, but until modding tools are available for use and creation on consoles, the PC version of every Bethesda RPG will be superior in every way, including controllers- just plug one in.

    And one note to add; if you have a good computer, don’t be an idiot and get Skyrim for Xbox or PS3!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Rick-Montoya-Jr/1650846820 Anthony Rick Montoya Jr

    If your PC is High performance enough, The you would have the game looking the best on PC. I own a PC and PS3. PC is better most of the time than PS3 and Xbox 360, but I have good Gaming/Media PC. Also the Nintendo Wii U is coming out. Console is catching up, and PC Gamers have been going to PS3 and Xbox 360. What about the Wii U when is comes out? Consoles are becoming more and more like PC. The issue is the money, and PC Gaming needs to get cheaper. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Rick-Montoya-Jr/1650846820 Anthony Rick Montoya Jr

    If your PC is High performance enough, The you would have the game looking the best on PC. I own a PC and PS3. PC is better most of the time than PS3 and Xbox 360, but I have good Gaming/Media PC. Also the Nintendo Wii U is coming out. Console is catching up, and PC Gamers have been going to PS3 and Xbox 360. What about the Wii U when is comes out? Consoles are becoming more and more like PC. The issue is the money, and PC Gaming needs to get cheaper. 

  • general

    Higher resoltion and 16x anti-aliasing makes a MASSSSSSIVE difference in any game, you obviously haven’t seen it for yourself.

    But whatever the case, like somebody else mentioned I’m getting it on PC for the mods! Eventually there will be hundreds of mods allowing you to completely customize your game, not to mention mods for new missions and campaigns. PC version = incredible value for money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Rick-Montoya-Jr/1650846820 Anthony Rick Montoya Jr

    Now I have seen it for myself, and I don’t know who you are replying to, but to keep the game performance high on PC cost money. Nvidia GeForce 460 GTX for $250. Entire PS3 $200 – $300. Window is expensive also. My PC looks better than my PS3 and an Xbox 360 (on a good HDTV). As far as Skyrim it’s what matters to the gamer. AMD Radeon HD 4870 $346 on average online. PC needs to get less expensive on average.

    • nasch1

      Nah, no need to get less expensive. We got much cheaper games, and whoever can run Crysis(2007)  on his/her pc can run anything. Besides if you buy parts systematically then it’s pretty much on par with the PS3 in the long run of course, since games for the PC are much cheaper(Which I wrote earlier).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Rick-Montoya-Jr/1650846820 Anthony Rick Montoya Jr

        Now the Wii U is coming out lets see in 2012. I already bought my PC piece by piece, it is becoming too expensive. Games are becoming less and less on PC. It will be all console if it don’t get cheaper. PC can just fall apart and its market crash from your advice, unless they listen and become cheaper.

  • nasch1

    The PC version will be obviously better.

    Mods, Better looks, better controls.

    Console users got to wait a few years for the new Xbox or PS to be considered as serious competition, on the graphical part at least.

  • nasch1

    The PC version will be obviously better.

    Mods, Better looks, better controls.

    Console users got to wait a few years for the new Xbox or PS to be considered as serious competition, on the graphical part at least.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Rick-Montoya-Jr/1650846820 Anthony Rick Montoya Jr

    @google-188bd8d330c81263e69514b99f9a1c40:disqus if the PC is high enough performance, gameplay, and sound can be too. but you might know that already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Rick-Montoya-Jr/1650846820 Anthony Rick Montoya Jr

    @google-188bd8d330c81263e69514b99f9a1c40:disqus if the PC is high enough performance, gameplay, and sound can be too. but you might know that already.

  • Anonymous

    frankly the only reason i wont get it on the Ps3 is because I fear the controls will suck balls like they did in fallout 3.

    ~no acceleration = just plain clunky aiming + hard to navigate UI~

    -
    can anyone say, that played it on console that controls are improved compared to FO 3 ?
    .

    i really dont have the money to spend on a gaming PC

    • Ryan Shumway

      This game was designed for consoles…
      the UI, EVERYTHING is centered on being easy for console.
      I’d say, get it on console now, and when a steam sale pops up later, get it for pc then.