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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
March 20, 2006
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at WineHQ
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at SteamDB
 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at Wikipedia
The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire 1997
The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard 1998
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014
The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2015

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Oblivion Nexus - a large modding community
More information UESP wiki
More information Tweak Guide

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM-free
Amazon.com Disc check The Elder Scrolls Anthology; includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim plus their expansions. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year and Game of the Year Deluxe editions. Both include Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine expansions. Game of the Year Deluxe includes all DLC.

Version differences[edit]

Information The GameStop PC Downloads/Impulse version is not compatible with some mods.[1] This version is no longer sold.
Information The Game of the Year Edition Deluxe includes all DLC but is only playable in English.
Information The Elder Scrolls Anthology includes both a retail version and a single Steam key that unlocks Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim along with all expansions and DLC.[2][3]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Information DLC is no longer sold separately; the Game of the Year Edition Deluxe and retail Anthology include all content.
Name Notes
Shivering Isles Windows
Knights of the Nine Retail version includes all DLC except Shivering Isles Windows
Fighter's Stronghold Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows
Horse Armor Pack Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows
Mehrunes' Razor Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows
Orrery Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows
Spell Tomes Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows
Thieves Den Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows
Vile Lair Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows
Wizard's Tower Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

  • The current official patch is patch 1.2.0416. This can be downloaded from the Bethesda download page. To check what version you have, run Oblivion and check the bottom left-hand side of the screen.
Information The Steam versions of the game already have 1.2.0416 installed
Information Everyone should download the Unofficial Oblivion Patch. If you have the Shivering Isles DLC, also download the Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch. If you have any of the other DLCs, also download the Unofficial Oblivion DLC Patches mod.

Large Address Aware[edit]

Advantage Improves stability on systems with at least 3GB RAM by allowing the application to use more than 2GB RAM.
Information Particularly useful when using a large number or heavily scripted mods.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Oblivion

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native support WSGF 4K Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV)
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable There is a mod available here. It runs as an executable and is compatible with OBSE.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Enable through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support MSAA, up to 8 samples. Cannot be activated through the launcher at the same time as HDR, instead enable anti-aliasing through graphics control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
High frame rate Native support

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Use FOV Modifier

Information This is permanent and does not cause issues in the game.
  1. Install the FOV Modifier.
  2. As soon as you start up your game with FOV Modifier installed, either load up a savegame or start a new game, the FOV will automatically set to 90. You can change it by typing into the console "Set CustomFOV to #" without quotation marks and replace # with the desired FOV. FOVs only from 60 to 120 are accepted.

Fix Change setting in Oblivion.ini

Information This setting may cause issues in the game, such as putting objects and NPCs out of sync and making menus inoperable.
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Oblivion.ini
  2. Find the following line fDefaultFOV=75.0000
  3. Change it to the desired value. Suggested values can be found in the table below.

Fix Use console commands

Information This setting isn't permanent, but doesn't cause the problems of the previous fix.
  1. Open the console (~).
  2. Enter the console command FOV XX (where XX is the desired value) and press Enter.

This table works with the assumption that the default 75° is optimal for screens with the 5:4 aspect ratio.

Aspect Ratio FOV Value
4:3 79.9000
16:9 105.3000
15:9 99.0000
16:10 95.2000

Intermittent Black Screens During play[edit]

Information This is related to Nvidia Graphics cards 8800 or later.

Fix Two alternate solutions

  1. The first is shut off shadows. This is found in graphics options. Slide internal and external shadows sliders down to zero.
  2. The second is if you want shadows, you may alternatively, in graphics options also, shut off self shadows, use bloom instead of HDR and use a trick from tes construction set. Open TES Construstion Set (Oblivion), in each interior area must be changed one value, Fog Near to 0.0001.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support Partial support. F1 (Stats), F2 (Inv), F3 (Spells), F4 (Map) both the keys, and those functions are hard-coded and can not be remapped.
Mouse acceleration No native support Present in menus, can't be disabled. No acceleration in-game.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller
Controller support Native support
Full controller support No native support poor controller support, requires modding to have good functionality
Controller remapping Native support Very limited
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Voices, effects, footsteps and music.
Surround sound Native support Up to 7.1 output[4]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support
EAX support Hackable Use Side's EAX Control mod.
Information May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper audio functionality on Windows Vista and later.

Localizations

Information The Game of the Year Edition Deluxe is only playable in English.
Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Unknown Native support
Polish Native support No native support Native support Polish retail only; not available digitally.
Russian Native support Unknown Native support Russian retail only; not available digitally.
Spanish Native support Unknown Native support

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D Unknown Unknown icon.svg
Nvidia 3D Vision Native support GG3D bronze.svg Use Oblivion - 3D Vision Fix for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D Unknown Unknown icon.svg
iZ3D Unknown GG3D silver.svg

Issues fixed[edit]

Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

The game crashes upon exiting to desktop[edit]

Fix Fast Exit

Use Fast Exit.

The settings reset every time the game is restarted[edit]

Fix Fast Exit

Use Fast Exit.

Actors/NPCs appear as yellow triangles[edit]

Fix Actors/NPCs appear as yellow triangles

A yellow triangle means the mesh the game detected is used there was not found in the appropriated path this can be due to one of the following reasons:

Incorrect Mod Installation[edit]

Fix Incorrect Mod Installation

Use Wrye Bash or Oblivion Mod Manager for installation of mods instead of manual installation.

Information If you don't have a backup of a clean Oblivion installation, and your mod replaces files, you must reinstall the game to fix incorrect mod installation.

Error in load order[edit]

Fix Error in load order

Run Better Oblivion Sorting Manager to fix this issue.

Missing BSA redirection[edit]

Fix Missing BSA redirection

  1. Open Oblivion Mod Manager.
  2. Click on Utilities.
  3. Click on Archive Invalidation.
  4. Now tick BSA Redirection and click on Update Now.
  5. When the process is done, close Oblivion Mod Manager and launch Oblivion.

Missing meshes[edit]

Fix Missing Meshes

Information This is a common problem with installing mods, and can be fixed by doing BSA redirection (method mentioned above). You can also check to make sure meshes and textures are installed (\textures & \meshes go into \Oblivion\Data) correctly. As a last resort, you can:
  1. Find out which mod is causing it (the hard part or you can use FormID Finder mod to find out ). Depending on the location of the missing meshes, it can be difficult to guess which mod introduced it; you may have to disable mods one by one until you find the culprit.
  2. Download it again. Reinstall it using Oblivion Mod Manager or Wrye Bash to register the changed meshes / textures.
  3. If the above doesn't work, open the Construction Set with only that mod activated.
  4. Go to the location where you noticed the missing meshes.

Frozen Animations (Abomb)[edit]

Fix Frozen Animations

Information When your playing time increases, this game will write it inside your savegame. Then after a limit, animations in game may start freeze.
  1. Search web for "Oblivion frozen Animations Fixer".
  2. Place executable inside your savegames folder and run it.

Other information[edit]

Mods[edit]

Bethesda Game Studios is known for its extensive mod support, and Oblivion is no different. Oblivion mods can be found at Oblivion Nexus or Planet Elder Scrolls.

Recommended mods[edit]

  • DarNified UI Tweaks the user interface to fit PC, rather than the enlarged Xbox optimized user interface. HUD is smaller, fonts are smaller, and more items can be fitted per "page" in the inventory.
  • Midas Magic Spells Of Aurum Adds over 300 new spells including summoning meteors, shooting laser beams, and even turning bodies into gold. Also adds new and exciting quests to other realms, with completely new creatures to fight, people to talk to, and new weapons to find.

Utilities[edit]

Wrye Bash and Oblivion Mod Manager[edit]

Wrye bash and Oblivion Mod Manager are two utilities used for managing mods, Wrye Bash supports mods packed as .7z, while Oblivion Mod Manager offers a more easy to use format called .omod. Both utilities are used to install and uninstall mods, and ensure that mods are installed correctly.

Better Oblivion Sorting Software (BOSS)[edit]

Better Oblivion Sorting Software is a utility that sorts mods load order automatically, to ensure no mods conflict with each other when the game is played. Every time after you install a mod it is recommended that you run BOSS. After the software is done working, an .html file will open in your standard browser that will show important information about some .ESP's.

Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE)[edit]

Oblivion Script Extender is a utility that extends the script capabilities of vanilla Oblivion, allowing modders to better take advantage of the engine. Most mods require this utility, and installation instructions are included in a README, when you download it.

Nexus Mod Manager (NMM)[edit]

Nexus Mod Manager can manage mod downloads from Oblivion Nexus and automatically install them.

TES4Edit[edit]

TES4Edit can clean .ESP files from "dirty edits" which are essentially errors made by original mod authors that can cause incompatibilities and prevent other .ESP's features from working.

Fast Exit[edit]

Fast Exit prevents the game from crashing upon quitting and saves the .INI file before exiting the game so settings do not reset to their initial values upon exiting and restarting the game.

Console Commands[edit]

Information A complete list of console commands can be found here.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 2000+
2 GHz Intel Pentium
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
3 GHz Intel Pentium 4
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4.6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATi Radeon 9500
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700
128 MB of VRAM
ATi Radeon X800
NVIDIA GeForce 6800

References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/1jm9dw/gamestop_quakecon_2013_sale_the_elder_scrolls_v/cbg2m7t
  2. The Complete Elder Scrolls Collection comes to PC this September (Updated) | Bethesda Blog
  3. Elder Scrolls Retail · SubID: 29901 · Steam Database
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up