STEP 3 - INI FILES

3.1 GENERATE FRESH INI FILES

3.1.1 Instructions

  • Locate your C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition folder. It contains your save games in the ‘saves’ folder and your INIs as loose files.
  • If you do have old save games you’d like to keep, back them up now – then delete the entire Skyrim Special Edition folder.
  • Open your Steam Library, find The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition in your games list and hit Play.
  • A window will automatically come up (picture), informing you that Skyrim SE will now be configured based on your hardware – your INI files are being re-generated. Click OK twice.
  • Hit Exit once it’s done.

3.2 INSTALL BETHINI

  • Download the latest version of BethINI from the Skyrim Nexus.
  • Extract the downloaded archive with all files to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools.

3.3 BETHINI CONFIG

Now for future reference, you should know that you always need to close Mod Organizer 2 before launching BethINI, however we haven’t even installed MO2 yet.

Double-click BethINI.exe.


3.3.1 BethINI: Setup

  • You will be prompted with a window asking you to choose your game (picture).
  • Select Skyrim Special Edition from the drop-down menu.
  • Once the BethINI window has come up, go to the first tab – Setup.
  • Disregard the error under Mod Organizer. BethINI can’t find MO2 because we haven’t installed it yet.
  • Everything should be configured correctly there, but it’s always a good idea to double-check that Game Path and INI Path point to the correct locations – that’s your root folder and Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition folder respectively.

3.3.2 BethINI: Basic

Continue with the second tab, Basic.

  • BethINI Presets are toggled by default which is good but we’ll also select Recommended Tweaks.
  • Double-check whether Resolution is set to the correct value.
  • Select one of the presets (LowMediumHigh). See below.
  • Disable both VSYNC and Lock Frame Rate. You can read more on that here.

Unless you’re going for a maximum graphics screen-archery modding setup, you should not select the Ultra preset. For high-end PC owners I would recommend the High option and everyone else might want to select Medium. If your PC is already struggling with vanilla Skyrim go for the Low option.


3.3.3 BethINI: Interface

Continue with the fifth tab, Interface.

  • I prefer my Lock Sensitivity at 0.0450 but this will come down to personal taste / your mouse config.
  • Dialogue Subtitles and General Subtitles are unchecked by default, toggle them on if you need them.
    • You can still always toggle them ingame.
  • Disable Bethesda Modding Platform to nuke all traces of the Creation Club and the inbuilt mod manager.

3.3.4 BethINI: Detail

Continue with the sixth tab, Detail.

  • Godrays: I recommend setting them to None, they don’t look great and eat frames for breakfast.
  • Field of View: Increase this if you prefer a wider FoV.
  • Depth of Field: I recommend toggling this off in favour of an ENB DoF.
    • Note that this will also remove the underwater blur.
  • Lens Flare: Matter of taste. Personally I disable this.
  • Anamorphic Lens Flare: Looks ugly, recommended to turn off.
  • Ambient Occlusion: Recommended to set this to None in favour of ENB AO.

3.3.5 BethINI: View Distance

Continue with the seventh tab, View Distance.

  • Grass Fade: 15000 — or higher

3.3.6 BethINI: Custom

This is a new feature added with BethINI 2.8, rendering manual tweaks completely unnecessary.

  • Go to the Custom tab.
  • Section: Select Display.
  • Setting: Select fGlobalContrastBoost.
  • Change the value to -0.1800.
  • Click Save.

This should fix the “black crush” that some people are experiencing in SSE.


3.3.7 Final Step

Return to the second tab, Basic, and click Save and Exit.