Skyrim Textures

Just because Xbox 360 ownsers get The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim downloadable content first doesn’t mean developer Bethesda doesn’t care about its PC players.

As proof of this, the publisher updated the high-definition texture pack for its open-world role-playing game on Valve’s Steam service today, according to Bethesda’s blog. The update improves the overall look of the main game. It also adds the improved texturing to the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn expansions.

The HD add-on is particularly taxing, so the developer suggests players thinking about installing the pack should use a PC that exceeds Skyrim’s recommended settings. If you already installed the HD textures, Steam should automatically update, but beware: The file is 4.7 GBs.

Just as a reminder of what the game can look like with the HD texture pack, here’s a video that compares the standard game with the high-res DLC: