How To Install And Use Mods With Skyrim VR On PC

by David Jagneaux • April 9th, 2018

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is finally here for Rift, Vive, and Windows VR owners! What was originally released as a PSVR timed-exclusive late last year has made the transition to the older, more powerful, and more feature-rich PC VR platforms. Anyone that’s ever played The Elder Scrolls games (or any Bethesda games for that matter) knows that modding is always a huge part of the experience on PC.

Unfortunately, Bethesda is not offering official mod support on Skyrim VR or Fallout 4 VR, but that isn’t stopping fans from tinkering anyway. As expected, it didn’t take long for the internet to figure out how to mod Skyrim VR, so we’re going to break it down for everyone that wants to do something magical like enhance the dragons in their Skyrim VR playthrough. Tyriel Wood posted this video over on Reddit, which was then summarized by Reddit user -Chell.

Here are the steps to get mods installed for Skyrim VR on PC, you’ll need to be a bit tech savvy:

Enabling Mods:

  1. First, launch Skyrim VR and make sure it runs properly. Once confirmed, quit.
  2. Now on your PC navigate to: Documents>My Games>Skyrim VR and open theSkyrimPrefs.ini document.
  3. Add the heading [Launcher] at the bottom. Then, right under it, add the line: bEnableFileSelection=1 then save.

Nexus Mod Manager

  1. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend that you download and install the Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) to organize and keep track of all your mods.
  2. Now, run NMM (administration mode may be required). Once it opens, cancel the auto search (“Stop Searching” button) at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Next, click the “…” button right below where it says Skyrim Special Edition.
  4. Select the folder: *(steam installation path)*\Steam\steamapps\common\SkyrimVR\
  5. Click the little check mark above and ignore the warning that it couldn’t find the .exe.

Install mods

  1. Once you’ve selected the mods you want to install and downloaded them, you need to navigate to …appdata\local\Skyrim Special Editionand copy the plugins.txt to your clipboard.
  2. Now, navigate to appdata\local\Skyrim VR and paste the plugins.txt document into this folder.
  3. Finally just close NMM and start adventuring!

Once again, you can check out the original Reddit thread for answers to a lot of common questions and troubleshooting about the whole process.

Unfortunately, this means there is still no mod support for Skyrim VR on PSVR at all. Also, you should focus on using Skyrim Special Edition mods, not mods for the old, original Skyrim. And finally, any mods that require the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) mod as a prerequisite are not going to work since the SKSE isn’t compatible at all. So yeah, that means no SkyUI. Sad day.

What are some of your favorite mods to use are in Skyrim VR? We’ll be making a list of some of our favorites soon this week. Let us know down in the comments below!

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  • Nosfar

    Seasons of Skyrim, takes all the snow out of the game.

    • Weather mods are often some of my favs to experiment with. And water mods.

      • Nosfar

        Seasons of skyrim removes the snow in the world,for me it was a good way to differentiate between the game sessions.

  • mellott124

    Awesome!

  • Bundy

    Darker Nights is gonna be the first one I try. Give some purpose to the torches and light spells.

  • Justos

    I highly recommend the 3d audio mod linked in r/skyrimVR

    it has transformed the game audio from ‘barely passable’ to fully VR. Its an incredible change. I can hear things above me, and its less obvious when switching from one side to the other. its perfect now!

    • Excellent suggestion!

    • Paul Schuyler

      I’m going to try that one. Is it necessary to modify the ini or txt file for this? The original Reddit thread just suggested unzipping the file into the SteamVR directory. Thx….

  • PJ

    Excellent! Can anyone recommend any graphic or texture mods! Preferably ones that don’t hinder performance too much

    • Gonna look into these a bit myself, thinking about doing a round up of sorts.

      • Bundy

        This is going to require a bit of experimentation. The requirements for Skyrim VR are higher, but then, your PC is probably better than the one you had back when the game was first released too.

  • Ethan James Trombley

    Someone please help me with the plugins part for NMM I’m a noob with all this and get lost here I can’t even find my app data file

    • Your install path may be different, did you try just searching for it in Windows Explorer?

      • Ethan James Trombley

        I just do t understand what the last few steps are in general lol I looked through files for a long time and couldn’t find a folder named appdata 🙁 when I try to put mods on it says something along the lines of Skyrim not found

        • Open up My Computer, click on your main Drive (probably C:), then click on your user profile (mine is UploadVR for example,) then click on AppData, Local, etc etc

          • BrinyDog hunter

            hey man. i dont even have skyrim special edition so no plugins folder… wtf do i do???

          • Nosfar

            If you have fallout 4 you can use that as well just erase any plug in data that might be on it

          • Robbie Zeigler

            Neither do I but I still had the folder..

          • If you followed the other steps already then you should have fooled Nexus Mod Manager into making it for you.

    • Robbie Zeigler

      Did you enable show hidden folders?

      • Ethan James Trombley

        I did not and that’s what it was in the end lol thanks for the tip!

    • Jerramie

      First, have hidden items checked in the View menu in Windows Explorer. Then highlight your User/YOURNAME folder in the left side drop down menu, and look for it in the folders populated on the right hand side. Sometimes they don’t show up on the left.

      • Ethan James Trombley

        Thank you I got it working! The appdata folder was hidden even from my view but typing %appdata% into my control search bar brought it up! That was so weird.

  • Ethan James Trombley

    Do you need to also have Skyrim Special Edition Installed?

  • Anonymous010

    SKSE isn’t as big a deal for Skyrim VR: it took the SKSE team so friggin long to make SKSE compatible with the SE edition of Skyrim, that many top rated mods for SE Skyrim don’t require SKSE anyway.

    • This is a very good point! SkyUI is really the biggest one. The UI is already bad, but it really needs work in VR.

      • Bundy

        Not sure it would work well anyway, the UI in VR is different from vanilla. The SkyUI guys would probably have to rebuild theirs.

  • Raven31211

    If I already have Skyrim SE installed, could I make NMM use the original Skyrim section for installing any mods for use with VR, or would I have to direct the Skyrim SE section to the VR install folder?

  • Blufor

    Well I just tried this and all I got was a black screen and no menu loading up. So it broke my game, had to reverse the changes.

    • Yeah, that’s he life of modding. Try installing mods in increments, testing, tweaking, and diagnosing issues until the ones you want work.

      • Blufor

        thanks man, I did just that and got it working, kind of. It doesnt crash anymore, but the mod just 1 mod that seems not to cause issues, isnt actually appearing in my game, weird that.

  • David

    i dont have SE, i dont want to buy SE cause i already have normal, and vr versions and i dont want to repurchase the sucker again just to mod it. So, because it seems without SE it won’t work cause of the missing “ini” file, could somebody make the file available for download?

    • Arv

      You don’t need SE. When you follow the instructions NMM creates the plugins.txt file for you and creates the Skyrim SE folder if there isn’t one already there. So you just go to the SkyrimSE folder, copy the plugins.txt file and paste it in the SkyrimVR folder.

    • Jerramie

      Run Nexus Mod Manager in Administrator mode by right-clicking on the shortcut and selecting “Run as administrator”. Then identify the folder needed for Skyrim Special Edition, as described in the instructions. Once you’ve done that, hit the Quick Start button on the bottom right and the folder will be created.

      • Karen Cusimano

        Yeah, that one looks to be kind of important. It didn’t keep the SkyRimVR folder I’d selected until I closed it and restarted it as Administrator. NOW everything looks to be working. 👍

  • Stelexx

    Hello, when I try to launch the game in the NMM it says that it can’t find the SkyrimSE.exe. Do I need to change a setting or something to run the SkyrimVR.exe or can I just launch the game via steam? Edit: I have set the destination folder to SkyrimVR but it still doesn’t work.

    • This bit is a little tricky. What you need to do is copy and paste your SkyrimVR.exe in your SkyrimVR game folder and rename that duplicate to SkyrimSE.exe. So it’s the same .exe, but you’re tricking it into thinking it’s called SkyrimSE.exe. Just make sure there is still a SkyrimVR.exe in there too.

  • Great tutorial!

  • Robin Meade

    The instructions suck! I don’t have ini named SkyrimPrefs.ini, however I have Skyrim.ini. Is it the same? How would I know? The mod place is ad infested website that doesn’t even work. When I try to download for example Skyrim 2017 Textures and click on download, it just shows me the same page again! I tried to register, When validating the email, I get: “Sorry we couldn’t find that”! WTF is that! Can’t post in their forums to ask, Tried to login on their main page I get ” You are not allowed to access this area!”
    FUCK OFF! DON’T WASTE MY TIME!

  • JDawg

    Try Vortex in place of Nexus Mod Manager. Vortex is a lot easier to use with a ton more features

  • convolution

    CBBE, amirite

  • Jean-Sebastien Perron

    Who cares about Skyrim VR anymore. VR Kanojo is out and I am trying to unlock the all the sex scenes.
    Upload VR, you are just a bunch of SJWS Soy Boys. VR Kanjo is the most important VR release on steam today. This is probably the most important VR experience ever and yet you are silent. Maybe you are waiting for the homo version.

    • DanDei

      Your troll-mimicing is a bit too obvious

  • Kellin Bershinsky

    I wasted a lot of time trying to get Nexus Mod Manager working. Be sure to check out the original Reddit thread linked above at the end of the article and use Vortex per the Reddit thread to get your mods downloaded and up and running instead of Nexus Mod Manager. Note: If you run into conflict errors in Vortex you can set the load order by clicking on the red lightning bolts next to the mod in conflict, so no need for downloading LOOT. Also be sure to enable the Plugins and not just the Mods to see all of your the downloaded mods take effect. Cheers!

  • Nosfar

    I have about 75 mods running. Ill post a list tomorrow

    • serkan sözer

      it is not open the game when I install the modes. please tell me which mods ?

      • Nosfar

        Send me a list of which mod your using

        • serkan sözer

          I deleted all. which are you using mods ?

          • Nosfar

            Did you make a “plug in ” list in your “my games” file located in documents?

          • serkan sözer

            yes.

          • serkan sözer

            please give me your mod list !?

          • Nosfar

            All mods that dont require script extender should work ,so obviously not a mod problem.

        • serkan sözer

          i have 980 gtx nvidia

  • I’m looking for a mod to see my character in vr. Would be cool to make it feel like you are looking in a mirror or something.

  • Pleorthan

    Did manual download for mods because NMM opened a new nexus app and started searching for skyrim again. So are the mods going to SE or VR folder?

  • American

    Do i have to buy Skyrim Special Edition to get the file required to mod Skyrim VR on PC? I just want to mod Skyrim VR but every guide seems to take for granted that I have a Skyrim SE folder and ini file, which I do not.

  • Karen Cusimano

    Thank you for this. I’m a complete SkyRim newbie, totally new to the whole universe, so went to the pinned post in the reddit skyrimvr board to see what mods to install first, read this: “NMM works, just remember to enable file loading in your skyrimprefs ini, redirect to the Skyrim VR folder from SSE, and copy plugins.txt to your appdata folder after you add any mods that require plugins.” and my head very nearly exploded. The first thing I asked in the newbie thread was if there was a simple step by step guide to modding SkyRim VR, and here it is. And I actually understand it! 🙂 Whether I can do it is a whole different story, but will give it a go.