Screenshots of mod testing in Skyrim

The in-depth exploration of mods in Skyrim has begun!

I’ve been using my PC as a sandbox first, trying out mods in sequence to see whether or not I like them well enough to deploy them onto the Deck for use in official play. So right now I’m doing that with a separate character from the ones I’m actually seriously playing–which may or may not turn into an actual legit playthrough later, we’ll see. For now she’s just a test character to give me opportunity to play with mods.

PC screenshots

All of these screenshots are off my PC, where I checked a bunch of mods to see which of them were the ones I wanted to move over to the Deck. So keep in mind that this set is at Low tier graphics settings in Skyrim. Which still, I feel, manages to look pretty amazing.

Notable mods involved here, in the order in which they’re listed in my Vortex:

  • Skyrim Flora Overhaul SE
  • Realistic Water Two
  • Ethereal Clouds
  • A Quality World Map
  • Noble Skyrim
  • Happy Little Trees

Note also that Skyrim Flora Overhaul, Noble Skyrim, and Happy Little Trees did cause my Vortex to complain about conflicting files. So despite this being the order of the mods in my list, Noble Skyrim is actually loading things before Skyrim Flora Overhaul and Happy Little Trees.

Steam Deck screenshots

And now here’s a set of screenshots directly off the Deck. All of the above mods are active on the Deck here, as well as:

  • Ethereal Cosmos
  • Enhanced Volumetric Lighting and Shadows
  • Realistic Animals and Predators

Same conflicts applied on the Deck as mentioned for the PC. Here, though, I’m on Ultra tier graphics.

So far so good, very pleased with these results so far!

Editing to add

  • 11/23/2023: Restored missing galleries.

As Angela Highland, Angela is the writer of the Rebels of Adalonia epic fantasy series with Carina Press. As Angela Korra'ti, she writes the Free Court of Seattle urban fantasy series. She's also an amateur musician and devoted fan of Newfoundland and Quebecois traditional music.