Of all the versions of Skyrim that have been released, Skyrim VR may be the most interesting. While being able to transport oneself into the snowy reaches of Skyrim is an appealing draw for countless Elder Scrolls fans, Skyrim VR didn't quite get the adoration that it deserves from Bethesda. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to fix the issue for those that are playing on PC, as just three mods can make it far more immersive.
Ensuring that Skyrim VR is as immersive as possible is an essential piece of the riddle, as well, as it's easy to be pulled out of the experience when things aren't easy to interact with. The issue with vanilla Skyrim VR is that it's just Skyrim when fans are expecting something that brings the world to life. With that in mind, the following are three mods that can redress its biggest issues.
One of the most glaring flaws with vanilla Skyrim VR is the manner by which it handles to the player's body. Instead of giving players an appropriate form, out of the crate players are just a floating pair of disembodied hands. Obviously, that's to the point of creating a bit of a disconnect between players and their virtual bodies, yet VRIK rectifies this by giving players a genuine physical form, arms and all.
There's something far more immersive about looking down and seeing one's body on the screen. It makes it seem like the space is far more lived-in and realistic, as the player's motions are reflected on screen. It's hard to say just the amount more successful it is at selling the experience without being in the space, however it makes VRIK a must-have mode for any Skyrim fans.
One of the other major flaws of Skyrim VR is the means by which it handles world objects. While it's still possible to grab things in the vanilla version, it's similar to how it works in regular Skyrim, where objects just float around the player. Nonetheless, the mod HIGGS - Enhanced VR Interaction fixes the issue. With HIGGS installed, players are able to get and interact with most of the items scattered around the world, as well as plunder items off of enemies without opening their inventory menu.
Being able to get and interact with objects is an important part of feeling immersed in any virtual reality world. In fact, it's a bit baffling that HIGGS was necessary in the first place. That aside, however, HIGGS is an absolutely essential component for an immersive Skyrim experience, letting players get basically any interactable article they find out in nature.
The third and final key mod is simply dubbed "Dragonborn Speaks Naturally," and it does exactly what it says it does, allowing the player to speak to NPCs using their own voice. The mod uses Windows' voice recognition to match what the player is saying with one of the available dialog options, letting the player speak to NPCs as assuming that they were in the world.
Of course, the impact is a bit strange. It takes a second for the innovation to work and perceive what the player is saying, so there's a bit of an awkward pause to account for. Plus, players are still forced to use the available dialog choice. Nonetheless, in our own testing, we found that it's possible to reframe the line without an excessive number of issues, so long as the player is using some key phrases found in the dialog choice.