Is there a way to see how many real world hours I spent in the game? I see people saying "I played for 50 hours" "I played for 200 hours", Is there a way to find that our or is that just an estimate?

  • I have to say, I would never want to know how much time I've spent on Skyrim. It would just make me feel bad.
    – andronikus
    Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 22:38
  • Oh man, I love the word "shovelware". I've got to start using that!
    – andronikus
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 17:14
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    As of today.....too many?
    – ydobonebi
    Commented Aug 15, 2015 at 6:52

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Since all copies of Skyrim uses steamworks, Steam will keep track of how many hours you've spent in the game, assuming you have been online while playing.

If you go to your profile, you'll see your playing time to the right of your profile.

If you have been offline most of the time, then there is another way to very roughly estimate your playing time:

When you are loading your character, there is a series of numbers beneath the name that looks like this:


The first 3 digits represents the number of hours, the middle 2 the minutes, and last 2 the seconds. That is how 'old' your character is. This doesn't keep track of reloads, however.

If you add all these values up across all your characters, you can estimate your playing time.

  • Hmm, been offline for a big part of it. No way to see it in the save files or something?
    – kkaploon
    Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 22:28
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    If you are playing on a console, then checking the save games is the main way of getting the amount of time spent.
    – Pauk
    Commented Jan 2, 2012 at 21:58
  • Only PC versions of Skyrim use Steam
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 22:40

For console gamers, the amount of hours played shows up under the information about your save file on the load/save files screens.


Highlighting a game from your Steam library will shown the number of hours played (not counting time in offline mode) next to the Play button.

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