TechSpot: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Performance Test

Based on early estimates, Skyrim has shipped seven million copies worldwide across all platforms, including digital stores such as Steam. During a peak hour last Monday, Valve's platform alone recorded some 287,000 Skyrim players -- greater than the combined peak activity of MW3, Counter-Strike, Football Manger 2012 and Team Fortress 2.

We usually don't open our performance reviews with sales figures, but we felt compelled to illustrate the magnitude of Skyrim's launch because role-playing games rarely garner this type of attention. Although its popularity is undoubtedly aided by the cult-like status of the Elder Scrolls franchise, Skyrim isn't just a clone of its predecessors (we're looking at you MW3). Bethesda has made many gameplay refinements, especially to the graphics and animations -- our area of interest.

While it may not bring your PC to its knees, Skyrim promises to be the best-looking Elder Scrolls title to date with its newly developed game engine, called the "Creation Engine." Among other things, the framework lets Skyrim display greater draw distances and produce a more realistic world overall. Shadows can be created by any object or structure, tree limbs and the flow of water can be affected by wind, and other weather effects have been introduced, such as dynamic snow fall.

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Interesting that many of the "high" screenshots look better than ultra. The shadows in this game aren't that great to begin with so I might just try lowering some of my settings to high.

This game stole my weekend. Nah, it was a blast. This game wraps you up and pulls you inside.

I'll add: i bought this for XBox 360, but after playing the PC version I'm regretting not buying it for PC. Mostly because of the load time differences...

I've never played, but am anxious to try it. Is this multiplayer online? Are all the creatures and folks online actually other players? I'm not clear on that.
thanks...
jf

jimmyfal said,
I've never played, but am anxious to try it. Is this multiplayer online? Are all the creatures and folks online actually other players? I'm not clear on that.
thanks...
jf

Nop, not an MMO. It's single-player only.

cralias said,

Nop, not an MMO. It's single-player only.

So.... you don't play it online then? This quote

"Valve's platform alone recorded some 287,000 Skyrim players -- greater than the combined peak activity of MW3, ""

Does not refer to current onine players? There is no online? Just to be clear, thanks. Looks cool anyway. I like eploring more than dying every 30 seconds.

jimmyfal said,

So.... you don't play it online then? This quote

"Valve's platform alone recorded some 287,000 Skyrim players -- greater than the combined peak activity of MW3, ""

Does not refer to current onine players? There is no online? Just to be clear, thanks. Looks cool anyway. I like eploring more than dying every 30 seconds.

Valve just keeps stats when people are playing games on Steam. It's how you get your "time played" numbers.

It's definitely a single player game. Also, they did a brilliant job with the engine, it runs fairly well on my MBP under bootcamp.

This is the first Elder Scrolls game I've played where I've never felt the need for a mod of any sort to enjoy. In fact, the only mod I have running is one to show the local time on loading screens, to ensure I don't stay up 'til 3AM or better lol.

Anyway, for those of you with decent rigs capable of running the game at max settings, you can find additional improvements to the graphics from various mods or tweaks listed on skyrimnexus.com. Hope that helps.

i am playing it on a Socket 939 AMD Athlon 3500+ ((it's dual core) 2.0ghz overclocked to 2.4ghz) CPU and a Radeon HD 5670 512MB. so basically my CPU is pretty much on THE minimum lacking the 400mhz overclock as i don't believe there is a dual core CPU out there slower than mine, lacking my overclock. although my graphics card is not the slowest out there but it's nothing fancy either. i also got 2GB of RAM.

so my system is far from optimal and the game runs respectable on my setup @ 1920x1080 but the game defaulted to high on most settings but i manually disabled the Anti-Aliasing simply because that's a performance killer for minimal visual increase especially when your already @ 1920x1080 as the image is already sharp at those resolutions so the slight increase in visuals is not worth performance hit with AA on.

but after reading this article i might lower shadow quality some as if i can get a noticeable frame rate boost it will easily be worth the trade off.

the intro area when you start the game i can tell the FPS is not exactly optimal (hell, it's probably running on the edge of playable) but it's not TO bad considering the overall visuals. but there is a good amount of action going on when you first start the game so i guess a performance hit is to be expected but once your back into less high action the frame rate smooths out much better then.

so ill probably play around with lowering shadow's and possible resolution drop and try to find the sweet spot between visuals/performance on my dated system.

p.s. i built my PC back in March 2006 so it's over 5.5years old now at it's core even though i upgraded CPU from single core to dual core and graphics card from Geforce 7900GT originally to Radeon HD 5670 back in early 2010 or so in time so i could play Mafia II. so lacking a slight CPU upgrade and GPU upgrade my PC is the same as it was when i first made it. lacking a dead PSU which i replaced about a year or so ago. my mobo is ASUS A8N32-Sli Deluxe (which was high end in it's day)

Edited by ThaCrip, Nov 21 2011, 8:18am :