The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR bugs: random restarts, audio issues and more

By: Madeleine Dean
4 minute read
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim VR bugs

If you love VR  gaming, then ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR‘ is definitely a title you should add to your list.The VR version of Skyrim VR offers a completely different fantasy masterpiece that will amaze you. The game brings unparalleled sense of scale, depth, and immersion and supports all the official add-ons.

So far, so good but not all is perfect. As it happens with every newly released game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is affected by a few bugs that sometimes may even cause crashes and freezes.

In this article, we’re going to list the most common bugs encountered by players as well as the corresponding workarounds — if available.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR issues

1. Slow walking

Many gamers reported that sometimes they experienced slow walking out of the blue as it they were actually crawling.

I’ll be walking along and for no discernable reason I’ll slow to a crawl. It seems to happen randomly, although it almost always seems to happen in fights. I can jump normally, so I have to frog hop my way towards enemy archers.

This problem is not related to stamina but for some players it might be related to the shield angle. If you hold it upright, it will put you in a block stance. Tilt your controller a bit more and check if this solved the problem.

2. Blurry field of view

Objects located a few feet away appear blurry for many players.

Everything looks fine up front, but when I look outwards into trees, mountains or other people who aren’t right next to me everything looks blurry. Is there something I can do to fix this?

If you’re experiencing the same issue, try turning TSAA off and make sure dynamic resolution is turned off as well in the VR Performance options. Other players also suggested that deleting Skyrim preferences in documents could also fix this problem.

3. PC restarts by itself

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim VR issues

Many players who own pretty good computers complained about random reboots.

I have a pretty decent pc and a 1070 card but with skyrim if i MAX supersampling in game my pc reboots randomly. do you think i just need a new power supply? im not really sure what its runnning on but have never had crashes before until skyrim…

This problem usually occurs when your CPU and GPU are trying to draw too much power but don’t have it. As a result, system reboots are triggered automatically. To fix this problem, check your fans and make sure that your device is not overheating. You can also install one of these laptop cooling software solutions and get a new cooling pad.

4. Keyboard doesn’t work

Using Rift controllers, cant get the in-game keyboard to accept anything, including backspaces to remove the default name “prisoner”. Any ideas?

This is actually a known issue. As Bethesda explains, keyboard functionality is not supported although it does work for certain inputs. The quickest way to access all the keyboards features is to use a SteamVR keyboard.

5. Audio issues

Even though I have everything on max(both ingame and on SteamVR) sound ingame is very quiet. Anyone else has the same problem?

If audio is unavailable or just some audio fails to trigger, close the game. Then launch it again but this time make sure to plug in a sound device. It appears this is an issue prevalent for Windows Mixed Reality, so audio issues should not be present on other VR platforms.

Also, make sure that the Mixed Reality Portal is running before launching the game otherwise audio output won’t be available.

6. The Steam home menu randomly pop-ups

Many players reported that the Steam menu opens as soon as they open the Journal menu or the wait menu. Fortunately, you can quickly fix this problem by disabling Steam Overlay.

Well, these are the most frequent bugs affecting the game. Apart from those random PC restarts, there are no other severe issues affecting this title.

We’re sure that Bethesda will soon patch many of the bugs reported by gamers and the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR will become even more enjoyable and stable in the future.

Have you played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR? Use the comment section below to tell us more about your gaming experience, including the bugs that you encountered.

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