Bethesda Ported Skyrim to Xbox One, But Only as a Technical Exercise

"Don't get your hopes up yet."


Bethesda got The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim running on Xbox One, but it only did so as a technical exercise, rather than as part of an official port.

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This was shared with Game Informer during a recent visit to the studio. Skyrim and Fallout 4 director Todd Howard was discussing the early development stage on the latter game--Bethesda's first project for Xbox One and PS4--when he revealed, "The first thing we did was port Skyrim to Xbox One."

Before getting excited about the prospect of a current-gen port of the latest Elder Scrolls game, however, Howard tempered any expectations by adding, "Don't get your hopes up yet." That's because the project was merely intended as a means for allowing Bethesda's staff to become familiar with the new hardware.

As Game Informer notes, Howard using the word "yet" leaves open the possibility that Skyrim could end up being released on Xbox One (and perhaps PS4). For now, at least, with Fallout 4 scheduled for release on November 10, there's no indication that it plans to do so. But with the next Elder Scrolls game likely still years away (and Bethesda's publishing branch showing a willingness to re-release games, like Dishonored's Definitive Edition), it's not totally out of the question.

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