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76 scenic skybox screenshots for your desktop

The Witcher 3
(Image credit: Ivan Krieg)

How often do you stop what you're doing in a game and just look up, soaking in the view? The skies in today's games are often extraordinary works of art, but it can be hard to appreciate them if we don't stop every so often and soak in our surroundings. Even when games don't have a photo mode, they can still offer some spectacular views.

We've searched through hundreds of screenshots from various communities on Flickr and picked out our favourite skybox images to help transport you (and your PC desktop), to another world. As with our other screenshot collections, every image shown here has been used with the kind permission of their respective owners.

Most PC gamers can name at least a handful of games with stunning skyboxes and rich environments that compel us to start grabbing screenshots. But there may also be a few in this collection that surprise you. Next time you're playing, don't forget to look up.

Click the expand icon on each image below to view and download it in its original 4K size.

Destiny 2 (Image credit: Ayghan)
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Destiny 2 (Image credit: Ayghan)
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Shadow Warrior (Image credit: Alexey Zhulin)
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Dear Esther (Image credit: Alexey Zhulin)
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Ryse: Son of Rome (Image credit: Alexey Zhulin)
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Rise of the Tomb Raider (Image credit: Alexey Zhulin)
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What Remains of Edith Finch (Image credit: Alexey Zhulin)
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Dragon Age Inquisition (Image credit: Ayghan)
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The Long Dark (Image credit: Ayghan)
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Forza Horizon 4 (Image credit: Ayghan)
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Star Wars Battlefront (Image credit: Barkar B)
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Star Wars Battlefront (Image credit: Barkar B)
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Dishonored 2 (Image credit: Barkar B)
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Forza Horizon 3 (Image credit: Bhlaz)
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Grand Theft Auto 5 (Image credit: Bhlaz)
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Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image credit: Bhlaz)
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Destiny 2 (Image credit: den7on)
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Destiny 2 (Image credit: den7on)
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Ghost Recon Wildlands (Image credit: Draven Redgrave)
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The Outer Worlds (Image credit: Draven Redgrave)
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The Witcher 3 (Image credit: Draven Redgrave)
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Gran Turismo Sport (Image credit: Draven Redgrave)
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The Witcher 3 (Image credit: Draven Redgrave)
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Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image credit: Draven Redgrave)
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Dark Souls 3 (Image credit: Draven Redgrave)
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Battlefield 5 (Image credit: Eugeny Demidov)
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Rainbow Six Siege (Image credit: Eugeny Demidov)
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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (Image credit: Fahomnom)
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Far Cry 5 (Image credit: Fahomnom)
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Image credit: Fahomnom)
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Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image credit: fusrodahdude)
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Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image credit: fusrodahdude)
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Greedfall (Image credit: fusrodahdude)
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The Outer Worlds (Image credit: fusrodahdude)
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Sea of Thieves (Image credit: Ghost Focus)
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No Man's Sky (Image credit: Ghost Focus)
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Dragon Age Inquisition (Image credit: Ivan Krieg)
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The Witcher 3 (Image credit: Ivan Krieg)
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Firewatch (Image credit: Geon)
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Rage 2 (Image credit: Kalid Owaida)
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Dragon Quest 11 (Image credit: Kalid Owaida)
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Final Fantasy 14 (Image credit: Kalid Owaida)
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Image credit: Mosse Winterfell)
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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Image credit: Logan)
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Arma 3 (Image credit: Natty Dread)
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Arma 3 (Image credit: Natty Dread)
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Crysis 3 (Image credit: Natty Dread)
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Just Cause 3 (Image credit: -One3rd-)
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Mafia 3 (Image credit: -One3rd-)
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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak (Image credit: -One3rd-)
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Battlefield 1 (Image credit: Rike)
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Hitman (Image credit: Rike)
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Dark Souls 3 (Image credit: Rike)
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Image credit: Rike)
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Dark Souls 3 (Image credit: Rike)
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Assassin's Creed Origins (Image credit: Rike)
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Code Vein (Image credit: Rike)
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Call of Duty: Black Ops (Image credit: S O R I N)
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Borderlands 3 (Image credit: S O R I N)
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Borderlands 3 (Image credit: S O R I N)
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Euro Truck Simulator 2 (Image credit: S O R I N)
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Need for Speed (Image credit: S O R I N)
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Mad Max (Image credit: Shoitu)
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Assassin's Creed Origins (Image credit: Shoitu)
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Watch Dogs 2 (Image credit: Shoitu)
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Journey (Image credit: STR-MS)
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Star Citizen (Image credit: STR-MS)
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Sea of Thieves (Image credit: STR-MS)
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The Witcher 3 (Image credit: STR-MS)
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Metro Exodus (Image credit: Tom)
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The Long Dark (Image credit: Tom)
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A Plague Tale: Innocence (Image credit: Tom)
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Dishonored 2 (Image credit: Tom)
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Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord (Image credit: Tweak)
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Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord (Image credit: Tweak)
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate (Image credit: Vlad [T])
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Sarah's earliest gaming memories involve playing Jet Set Willy on the ZX Spectrum at a friend's house. These days, and when not writing guides, most of her spare time goes into MMOs—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. She has spent much of the last decade playing the likes of Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA, Final Fantasy 14, and World of Warcraft. Sarah has been writing about games for several years and, before joining PC Gamer, freelanced for the likes of TechRadar, GamingBible, and Rock Paper Shotgun. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.