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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion - cover.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
March 20, 2006
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 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
Tribunal
Bloodmoon
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
Knights of the Nine
Shivering Isles
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
Dawnguard
Dragonborn
Hearthfire
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014

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 details are not known
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
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year and Game of the Year Deluxe editions only. Both include Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine. 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 the Oblivion launcher, and choose "Technical Support" (as opposed to "Play")
    • You only need to download one patch. There are two Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion patches, one is for the normal game, and the other is for the Shivering Isles Expansion. If you have the Shivering Isles expansion, you only need to download that patch, since it already contains the Oblivion patch. If you don't have the Shivering Isles expansion, then just download the regular patch.[4]
  • The unofficial oblivion patch is a fan made patch that corrects thousands of errors in the game, as well as providing slight tweaks to improve the game play experience:

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.

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
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF 4K Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV)
Windowed Native
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 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
High frame rate Hackable See High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Use FOV ModifierLink

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.iniLink

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 commandsLink

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

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Edit Oblivion.iniLink

  1. Open Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Oblivion.ini.
  2. Change iPresentInterval=1 to iPresentInterval=0.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible Present in menus, can't be disabled. No acceleration in-game.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Native
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Voices, effects, footsteps and music.
Surround sound Native Up to 7.1 output[5]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible
EAX support Hackable Use Side's EAX Control mod.
Information May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper audio functionality on Vista and newer Windows operating systems.

Localizations

Information The Game of the Year Edition Deluxe is only playable in English.
Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Unknown Native
Polish Native Impossible Native Polish retail only; not available digitally.
Russian Native Unknown Native Russian retail only; not available digitally.
Spanish Native Unknown Native

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 ExitLink

Use Fast Exit.

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

Fix Fast ExitLink

Use Fast Exit.

Actors/NPCs appear as yellow triangles[edit]

Fix Actors/NPCs appear as yellow trianglesLink

Caused by one of the following:

Incorrect Mod Installation[edit]

Fix Incorrect Mod InstallationLink

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 orderLink

Run Better Oblivion Sorting Manager to fix this issue.

Missing BSA redirection[edit]

Fix Missing BSA redirectionLink

  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 MeshesLink

Information This is a common problem with installing mods, and can be fixed by doing BSA redirection (menthod mentioned above). You can also check to make sure meshes and textures are installed (\textures and \meshes go into Oblivion\Data) correctly. The last thing you can do, is by far the hardest:
  1. Find out which mod is causing it (the hard part). Depending of 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.

System requirements[edit]

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

References

  1. http://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. http://help.bethsoft.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17790
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up