The last three games in Bethesda‘s flagship Elder Scrolls series have always pushed the boundaries of game visuals. This is especially true of Morrowind and Oblivion, but their latest open world role playing extravaganza, Skyrim, is no slouch either.

That being said, today’s PC gaming  technology is roughly 10x more powerful than current gaming consoles.  So, what could an already beautiful game like Skyrim look like if combined with next gen PC tech?  Well, it would probably look something like this…

Minus the guns and nanosuits of course.  ^__^

This video was made possible by combining the power of Crytek‘s CryEngine with an ‘Extreme Quality Mod’ and a custom map known as Hunter’s Life.

Now, watch that again (you know you want to) but this time imagine you can hear Todd Howard at the beginning saying, “Welcome to Elsweyr…”

Will the next Elder Scrolls game look this good?  Will it look better?!  Do you want to freeze yourself for five years just so you can wake up and  find out?

Yeah… me too.

If you want to do this to your copy of Crysis and pretend you’re playing Elseweyr (in a nano suit) follow these links:

Get the Extreme Quality Mod here:
http://www.4shared.com/file/nXDRiZ3Q/Tweak_Crysis_Extreme_Quality_M.html

Get the map (Hunter’s Life) here:
http://www.jeuxvideopc.com/downloads/9783-crysis/921-map-solo/30077-map-hunte…

If you have no idea how to apply mods, follow this tutorial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUrTtwSNHWU

Stay tuned to RipTen for continued coverage of the Elder Scrolls and awesome next gen tech.

62 COMMENTS

    • I think this whole PC vs Console debate is ridiculous, i’ve owned a decent £1500 dollar PC and a PS3 for just over 2 years now, and i’f im honest graphics have never been too much of an issue between the 2, obviously the graphical limitations of a PC are less severe than a console but you can’t really say that console graphics are terrible? They are still fantastic by most standards and the smooth running and lack of installation problems are a pro. I put it down PERSONALLY (important word people) to genre. I love FPS games on PC, i find the mouse much more accurate and i get more enjoyment out of it, i prefer racing games and 3rd person games on the console, its just preference. I think the best thing to do would be for companies such as microsoft and sony to come together and make one serious console/PC that will accomodate all users. Upgradeable through those companies but only to a degree at a time so everyone is onlevel pegging. I think that would work, but then again i also think i’ll win the lottery and buy a veyron and thats not gonna happen either now is it?

        • Best game ever made (Final Fantasy 7) has awful graphics. Enough said. I’d sooner play Dark Cloud 2 on the ps2 again than spend 5s playing the over-rated, albiet pretty, pap of the likes of Crysis

          • I love FFVII but to claim its the best game ever take a sever nostalgia filter. Adding that to the reason most people liked it was because it was the “overrated, pretty pap” of it’s day and you lose a little credibility with your argument. Dark cloud 2 was another game that was considered amazing for what it did graphically more than what it did gameplay/story-wise.

            All that being said the Bugatti Veyron is still > PCs or Consoles.

  1. “That being said, today’s PC gaming  technology is roughly 10x more powerful than current gaming consoles.”
    Maybe where you live, but where I live, PCs are often more expensive and less powerful than consoles.

  2. Though I still feel this article is unintelligent, I do have to disagree Tebb, consoles are not powerful than PCs unless of course said PCs decades old.

    Either way, though, I guess this sums it up simply:

    Powerful PC > Console
    Very Old PC < Console 

    • Please don’t be an idiot. If you are a gamer you can probably afford to sink at least $300 for a pc if you’re piss poor and get a computer that is 2x better than any console right now.
      The console specifications are ancient now and useless. I really don’t understand why we even use consoles anymore, they’re an outdated concept. They should just throw that crap away and and go pc all the way and if you really want to play with a gamepad just plug it in. But no, we have to suffer this idiocy.

      • I thought you were in favor of consoles when you said “PCs are most expensive and less powerful than consoles [where I live].” So though I agree they’re outdated, what point of view do you have then?

        • Many games today are developed for consoles and ported to pc, to see the true difference in performance and quality you need to look at games that were either developed for pc then ported, or developed for each platform individualy, the former is the most common now days. plus you can find the technology on a 600 gaming rig will outdo xbox 360 and PS3’s 6 and 4 year old hardware, after all their Hardware was based on the current times top configs which you could match with your if you wanted. after 6 years it makes sense that you could easily match their hardware with 400 bucks. but yes consoles are less hassle and more accessible, both platform types will have a place in the industry for a while still  

      • As a game journalist I can tell you this: you’ve got a fundamental misunderstanding of why people play and enjoy games.  Consoles have a huge place in the industy.  They are more accessible for a start.

  3. I think it could look better in five years on PC. The grass and trees in this vid still don’t look very good, especially when you walk through them.

  4. I like the added music… but this would be hell to run. Have you ever tried those “Uber-Crysis mods”? You need your weight in GB of system RAM and just about as much VRAM packed into dual (sli like) video cards and a processor that goes on fire just to run this stuff smooth. I think we’re more than a few years from this making it’s way to A) Mainstream computers and B) Consoles.

  5. Give it a couple years, the computers of todays power will cost much less than now, a Skyrim ultra graphics mod will have been released, and any decent comp will be able to run it.

  6. PC gamer snobbery is the worst. The idea that consoles are an outdated concept is daft. They’re very important to the gaming industry. Not everyone who games is going to be interested in replacing their graphics card every year or so to keep up. Consoles do hold back gaming technology, and that’s important to keep the gaming industry thriving in a world where not everyone who buys games are tech geeks trying to keep up with the latest technology and who are capable of installing all the newest stuff. Consoles provide a stable platform for a good 5 years or more for more casual gamers to be able to enjoy the latest and greatest games. PC gamers still get to be better than everyone else (their favorite!) and crank up their settings, even though consoles often prevent a game being designed to it’s full potential on some higher end PC hardware. For consoles to be abandoned means alienating a large demographic who are feeding money into the industry machine, and ultimately helping you pay for the technology used.

    • Consoles hold back gaming technology for what reason now? Just because? I bought a pc 7 years ago and can still out perform a ps3 and haven’t touched the hardware.

    • Consoles hold back gaming technology for what reason now? Just because? I bought a pc 7 years ago and can still out perform a ps3 and haven’t touched the hardware.

      • Whatever kind of PC you have, the fact of the matter is that consoles are still lower maintenance and still are a generally more stable platform for casual gamers who want a long term investment.

        • Justing you got point in everything. But still. I got PC for other things too (graphics, work etc.) Buying better GPU is almost equal investiontion as to a new console. But there is also the Keyboard and Mouse. You can’t beat this combo in any FPS or RTS on console. There is no point at least for me in buying any console.
          Of course there are different groups of people with different preferences. Still PC game market is not small at all and they really do not push the technology the way they used to. Which is a shame really. I got 2 years old GPU (higher mainstream) and I will still be able to run Skyrim on high details. High… that used to mean that you will be able to run it on your next rig… probably…sigh. Thus the game had potential to look even better after several years. Not really the case of Skyrim so far…
          The point of pushing technology on PC games is of course to increase sales in component, but also to make the Game itself last longer. To be ahead of time.

      • Whatever kind of PC you have, the fact of the matter is that consoles are still lower maintenance and still are a generally more stable platform for casual gamers who want a long term investment.

      • And not everyone is willing to spend that money on hardware just to play games, so a lot of gamers wouldn’t be buying games and contributing money to the games you want to play too. Most gamers use consoles, so it’d cripple the industry.

        • Last year PC games industry made $16 billion and rising year on year, Consoles combined $25 billion, PC takes the largest chunk if broken up =P.

      • And not everyone is willing to spend that money on hardware just to play games, so a lot of gamers wouldn’t be buying games and contributing money to the games you want to play too. Most gamers use consoles, so it’d cripple the industry.

    • Having a PC doesn’t mean you need to upgrade the GFX card every year. The latest card can usually handle games on max for maybe 3 yrs +. Not every PC gamer is about bragging to be “better” than consoles. I own consoles and I love playing on them, but I also upgrade my computer when necessary to keep up. Nor does it take much capability for the know how to upgrade a computer part or even let alone put a whole computer together. I must say it’s quite simple. I wouldn’t call myself a super geek or anything, but I just did some research and figured it out. Consoles are far from “being abandoned.” Like you said yourself they last around 5 years and then they’re upgraded. Just like PCs. They just don’t keep up with PCs as much because who wants to buy a new console every 2 or 3 years so it can run max graphics of the latest games? What happens is because they’re so delayed they just slowly lower the graphics more and more for those games until the console is upgraded again. In which case I’m willing to bet you that for the first 2 years that the next generation consoles are out they will be running the latest games on max. Consoles are a simple and cheap one time purchase and don’t need to be upgraded for a decent amount of time. Please don’t generalize that ALL PC gamers favorite thing is to be “better than everyone else.” I like PCs and I like consoles. I don’t care about PC vs Console wars. PCs are fun to figure out and upgrading or building them is pretty simple if you just do a little googling.

  7. Who really gives a shit about graphics. In the end, what’s “exciting and cutting edge” today will be outdated in a few years.

  8. Who really gives a shit about graphics. In the end, what’s “exciting and cutting edge” today will be outdated in a few years.

  9. Most of you would say console’s are the past. I disagree, look at the Xbox it had a hard drive that was built in, The 360 has a wide selection of hard drive’s in varying sizes that could be more or less mismatched to system’s. It is only a matter of time before console’s are sold with the full intention of them being upgraded. Microsoft for instance could create a console that supports full upgraded compatibility, It would not only make them more money in the long run but also benefit game developer’s, The down side to this is, We as the consumer would all be living in the over priced world that PC gamer’s have been living in. Along with the fact that not everyone would have the new graphic’s card for there console, We purchase console’s for one of two reason’s price and or the fact that we know that every game we buy for it will run as smoothly as it does for everyone else. The undeniable truth is though, That PC’s are going to slowly get X’ed out of that gaming industry. Developer’s are getting tired of the problem’s that persist with PC game’s, Installation problem’s, Online support problem’s, Most of you will deny it up and down, But the proof is there. Justin had it exactly right, Not everyone can afford to drop five grand on a high end computer. The unfortunate truth is, A Ipad can do most of the basic task’s that a computer can do, How long do you think it will be until tablet’s completely replace computer’s? Do you think that the PC gaming industry will hold up the computer market after the tablet replace’s it? It won’t that’s a fact. Take Any game that is cross platform and compare the attendance, For the sake of statistic’s we will compare call of duty black op’s, Not because it’s the greatest thing ever but because it’s a good comparison. The PC server’s at peak have 100,000-230,000 player’s on a good day, Xbox+PS3 Server’s peak out at 480,000-650,000 player’s need I say anymore?

  10. i dont understand why consoles vs. pc’s is always debated. if you like fucking pc’s, play fucking pc’s. if you like consoles, play the god damn console. end of debate

    • The problem is that consoles are holding back the development of PC games because   devs have to dumb it down so that your pitiful console hardware can run them at decent framerates.

    • The problem is that consoles are holding back the development of PC games because   devs have to dumb it down so that your pitiful console hardware can run them at decent framerates.

  11. i dont understand why consoles vs. pc’s is always debated. if you like fucking pc’s, play fucking pc’s. if you like consoles, play the god damn console. end of debate

  12. When skyrim was first announced and gameplay was first released people were amazed at how good the graphics were, yet now only a few months after the fact people are saying “this is what it could look like”. People need to stop expecting more and just be happy with what they’re getting. Would skyrim look better with next gen technology, YES. But if Bethesda said “we’re going to wait till next gen tech comes out” then people would be saying “we’ve been waiting for this game for 5 years, release it NOW!”. People seem to always want more and expect less.

    As far as the PC goes, I’ve seen some amazing mods that update graphics so I wouldn’t be too worried if I were a pc gamer. 

  13. The last bit there should say, ‘If you have no idea how to to apply the mods, leave it alone and call a tech savvy friend; else you might fuck your shit right up.’

  14. Games won’t ever look like that out of the box again because the current need to make them ‘console-friendly’ means that visuals will be nerfed.  You just have to look at the PC version of Rage to see what I’m talking about.

    Development and innovation in gaming is being held back by outdated console hardware (and the illicit means used by the console makers to keep it going for as long as possible) and the unwillingness of big publishers to do anything but regurgitate the same old formula.

    In case you didn’t realize we live in the gaming dark ages.

  15. what happen to enjoy a game for what it is? people who talk down to console owners are no better then people who buy blu ray and talk down to HD or SD…. ITS A FUCKING GAME!!! play it for the time spent on the story not the visuals, btw pc gamers… why dont you bitch about minecraft if you care so much about graphics?

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