How To Transfer Saves Between Skyrim VR And Special Edition

by David Jagneaux • April 13th, 2018

One of the biggest points of contention for Skyrim fans has been the fact that even if you own The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on PC already, you still need to buy it again at full price in order to play it in VR. In short, Skyrim VR is treated as its own separate game in your Steam library. You can do some trickery to get mods working, but for the most part it’s a separate thing. Until now.

Reddit user _sekans_ discovered a way in which you can not only use your non-VR SE saves on Skyrim VR and vice versa, but also found a way to connect the two save files together in your directory so that no matter which version you play, all of the save files are accessible at all times.

Here’s the video on how to do it:

In order for this to work Skyrim VR and Skyrim Special Edition need to both be either totally unmodded or have the exact same mod list. If they differ in mods then you will likely run into issues. And since this is a new workaround that just came out today, it could have issues that aren’t documented yet.

Since my copies of Skyrim VR and Skyrim Special Edition are so dramatically different in terms of mod lists I haven’t tested this out myself, but it seems to work.

Does this entice you to get Skyrim VR more now? You still need to buy a copy in order to play it, but the fact that you can transfer and access saves between the two versions is certainly surprising news.

Let us know what you think down in the comments below!

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  • Braydon Rutherford

    Damn, I was hoping when I read the title this would be for console (particularly PS4). It’s kind of annoying to not be able to use saves between the different versions of the games, considering they are still basically the same game. I have the normal version (the base game) and Special Edition for PS3, and Special Edition and VR for PS4. Having to start over with every new version is frustrating.

  • Todd Doiron

    I, and this is my fault, I thought that it would be a no brainer that you could transfer your saves from non VR to VR. So I purchased the VR and haven’t played it for more then 10 min. And that 10 min was spent trying to figure out how to get my saves from the non-vr to the vr. Since they got my money already I’m sure they don’t give a FLYIN F#*$% about me. But the other VR people who arnt buying it for this reason, I hope will save me the aggravation of basically losing $60.