Bethesda HD textures redux by MSxyz
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Added: 18/02/2012 - 12:50PM
Updated: 06/03/2012 - 06:17PM

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Last updated at 18:17, 6 Mar 2012 Uploaded at 12:50, 18 Feb 2012

Bethesda HD texture redux

This is a cut down version of Bethesda HD texture pack for Skyrim.
It aims at improving Skyrim visuals while, at the same time, allowing
PC users with old systems to benefit from higher resolution textures.

How it was done
In Skyrim the so called diffuse textures (the ones containing the color
and the details of objects) are still the most important. For this reason,
anywhere it was possible or it made sense, textures with a dimension of
2048x2048 pixels were retained. At the same time normal and specular maps
were excluded right from the start so, with this texture pack installed,
the default normal maps from the game will be applied instead (which
usually are at 1/2 of the resolution of the improved textures).

Many textures have been analyzed to determine how it was possible to save
space without compromising too much quality. For example,DXT1 (1 bit alpha)
was used extensively over DXT3 resulting in texture file size twice as small.

For the same reason, textures used on weapons were scaled back to 1024x1024
pixels as the difference between them and the larger ones shipped with the
HD texture pack is small even if they consume 4 times as much video memory.

Who need this MOD?
Skyrim users with outdated hardware or GPUs with an onboard memory of 1GB.

This pack was developed by the author to play Skyrim, with the enhanced
visual provided by the HD texture pack, on his three years old laptop with a
ATi 4650 GPU and only 1 GB of dedicated video memory.

Extract the .bsa and .esp files and copy them into the \Skyrim\data folder
Don't forget to manually activate the .esp in the Skyrim launcher.

Version history

V0.97 : Fixed alpha channel issue in the male version of the glass armor

V0.95 : Fixed some bugs

- Blacksmith apron still used the default textures because the newer set was
misplaced into the wrong directory
- Fixed a problem with the alpha layer of Nocturnal statue texture.
- Elk and fox textures redone

v0.90 : Initial release

CREDITS GOES TO Bethesda for creating The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The textures contained within this pack are based on artwork made by Bethesda
Softworks and must be used solely in conjunction with TES V: Skyrim. Usage of
this package or part of it with any other software or third part creation is

Redistribution and alteration of this package is likewise not permitted.

This piece of software is distributed "as is".