Skyrim Special Edition runs at native 4K on Sony’s new PS4 Pro

Bethesda has managed to run Skyrim Special Edition in native 4K on Sony’s new PS4 Pro console.


Although Skyrim: Special Edition is hitting native 4K on Sony’s new PS4 Pro, the high resolution will come at the cost of frame rates. Skyrim running in native 4K on the PS4 Pro will make frame rate drops and noticeable stuttering, and Skyrim actually has better FPS on PS4.

Sony emphasizes that games running on PS4 Pro must have frame-rates that are better than or equal to the game running on the standard PS4 console. However, that’s not the case with Skyrim, where the increase in resolution can lead to a visible drop in performance in scenes where the GPU is pushed more heavily,

Digital Foundry has analyzed Skyrim Special Edition on the PS4 Pro, confirming that it runs at native 4K on the PS4 Pro, with the frame rate to be roughly the same as the standard PS4 version of the game which runs at 1080p. Bethesda pushed out an update earlier this week, which included:


  • General performance and optimization improvements
  • Fixed rare issue with NPCs not appearing in proper locations
  • Fixed issue with saves erroneously being marked as Moddded, even though no mods are active
  • Updated some sound files to not use compression