Now on Steam: Beta Update for Skyrim (Updated)

Update 2/2: With the 1.4 update available, we have disabled the beta update. Thanks to everyone that participated.

Update 1/30: A third beta update (1.4.21) is now available on Steam. The update features one new change:

  • Fixed bug related to hitching between cell boundaries.

We really appreciate the feedback from our Steam Beta. We anticipate the 1.4 update going live this week for all on the PC and being sent to the console manufacturers. The Creation Kit won’t be far behind.

Update 1/26: A new version of the Beta Update (1.4.20) is now live on Steam. It addresses the following:

  • Fixed occasional audio issue that would play sound effects louder than intended
  • Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian
  • Fixed issue where dragon priest masks would not render correctly
  • Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first

Original Post: Skyrim is using Steam’s beta functionality to give users an early look at the 1.4 Update currently in development.

What does beta mean? This patch is still in development. Apply the update at your own risk and only if you are affected by issues listed in the fix notes.

Be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim (v 1.3).

To get the beta, you need to do the following:

  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.

To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.

Reader Comments

  1. Im still seeing Dead People lying around

    and it seems whatever i drop in the Windhelm Palace is Safe.

    I see a Floating Cart in the Air at the Windhelm Stables

  2. Some polygons remain invisible (near the Dragon Bridge. corners of the windows in the temple of the gods in Solitude, external area. within different dungeons. the stairs to the palace of Witerun, shows a polygon offset, one edge of the stairs on the first climb).
    There are trees, rocks left without touching the ground. The house in windrelm, after put the daggers in the box, the item get stuck. The mannequin in windrelm usually do not update your helmet. The home in solitude, have a chair inside a chair in the room next to the bedroom. The support for weapons have problems. The wall next to the mannequin show a polygon inside another.
    The guns and arrows around the world, is becoming absurd the number of items thrown on the roads, have any chance to update to disapear after a short time?
    Still happens after decapitate, the hat, helmet, remain in the body, not in the head.
    Fiona’s Quest: the missing woman turned bandit. If you kill Fiona at the end, still possible to report the three types of response to her husband, inside the fort. After killing the old man because of the third response, the body of Fiona appears in the doorway.
    Performance good, but need fixes.

  3. I would try this right now but unfortunately I just can’t play skyrim without Sky ui. Now, if bethesda had thought about how PC users actually use a mouse/keyboard and made a menu system just for us, it would be a different story. I’ll just wait until skse, sky boost, and other ESSENTIAL mods are updated.

  4. Some polygons remain invisible (near the Dragon Bridge. corners of the windows in the temple of the gods in Solitude, external area. within different dungeons. the stairs to the palace of Witerun, shows a polygon offset, one edge of the stairs on the first climb).
    There are trees, rocks left without touching the ground. The house in windrelm, after put the daggers in the box, the item get stuck. The mannequin in windrelm usually do not update your helmet. The home in solitude, have a chair inside a chair in the room next to the bedroom. The support for weapons have problems. The wall next to the mannequin show a polygon inside another.
    The guns and arrows around the world, is becoming absurd the number of items thrown on the roads, have any chance to update to disapear after a short time?
    Still happens after decapitate, the hat, helmet, remain in the body, not in the head.
    Fiona’s Quest: the missing woman turned bandit. If you kill Fiona at the end, still possible to report the three types of response to her husband, inside the fort. After killing the old man because of the third response, the body of Fiona appears in the doorway.
    After killing the battle-mage, the quest in Windrelm related to (East Empire Company) about help with the pirates. the final scenario, where the battle takes place near the exit to the ship, you get to “swim in the air”.
    Performance good, but need fixes.

  5. Shame bethesda..we need the patch for ps3…why we must wait longer than the pc gamers…i paid more for my version than the pc….make it complett before release tzzzz tzzz tzzz

    • It probably has more to do with Sony and an approval process than Bethesda not wanting to support their hundred million dollar game.

      But please, continue bashing one of the best developers out there for reasons beyond your understanding.

    • You decided to get it on the PS3. Patches take longer to release on consoles because they need to be vetted by SONY and Microsoft.

      If the additional delay for patches gets on your nerve so much, then next time buy the game on a platform where patches roll out as soon as they can be.

  6. this is making me humming and ahhing im gonna wait but i hope this works out for you beth but it should give you good feed back to better combat against bugs

    • Um Macs way of processing would be a developmental hell for bethesda getting a game of that scale to run even remotely well(if it ran at all) so most likely never.

      Macs just aren’t meant for gaming there great for most everything else though so its kind of a “you win some and you lose some” i guess.

      • How can you say that? Oblivion and Morrowind run perfectly fine on a 4 year old macbook pro.. My friend plays Skyrim on his 2010 13″ macbook pro, which doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card.

        Just because it’s a mac doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to play, reasonably well at that. Cider ports have already been done and are extremely simple to set up. Bethesda just doesn’t do it for you.

      • Oh yeah. And why would that be so? OS X uses OpenGL, that some developers consider superior to DirectX. You may have a point about the graphics device drivers which do not seem to be optimized for OS X. But the difference can be about 20% in speed. Still there are plenty of games running well on Macs. It’s just that knowing Bethesda it is better if they keep far away from yet another platform.

    • Boot Camp is the closest you’re getting. Do like I do, dual-boot the sucker! Or, you know, buy a platform that supports Skyrim. My way is cheaper though.

  7. Thanks Reeven I had almost the same problem like ShinGouki and it worked YAY… I am so happy I havent played this game for two months since patch 1,2 killed it :D

  8. Reminder to all people, the beta will break the Skyrim Script Extender as well as Script Dragon (including Skyboost).

    Before installing the Beta, you want to remove all traces of ScriptDragon/SkyBoost, otherwise the game will not start.

    Concerning the SKSE, it will not work, but the game will still start properly. You will lose SKSE functionality, which means certain advanced features of SkyUI like Container Categorization will not work as intended (same for any other SKSE-based mods).

    And lastly, make backups of your Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini, because Steam will most likely overwrite them, and you will lose your settings.

      • No, it is NOT 64-bit.
        There was a patch for large address awareness thus game could now address almost 4GiB of RAM instead of almost 2GiB. This works even with 32-bit windows (depending on your version of Windows).
        With 64-bit version it would be possible to address more (up to 384 GiB depending on your version of windows).
        When this limit is reached (2GiB before 1.2 patch, 4GiB after 1.2 patch) then crash to desktop occur – no error message… just CTD.

    • Yeah, how about when taking back Riften….. “Meet the men and take over Fort Greenwall.” I went there…no men… Nobody in Fort Greenwall to kill and take over. My game is glitched too. PS3 storylines are pointless. Ill never finish my game.

  9. As long as they fix the Farkas Companion Bug, i Detest him now, he ruins Everything and im playing the Whole Game with him just because there is No Dragon at Dragontooth Canyon

    • Type into the console “setstage CR14 20″. This will set you to the point that you have killed the “dragon” and Farkas will reward you and stay with its “bones”.

      Then you can move on.

      I think it is happening because I’d killed the dragon earlier during a Greybeard Power Word hunt.

  10. Bethesda The Elder Scrolls is my favorite game series ever It’s amazing and I do understand it takes time to get creases ironed out in a game as big as this but im quite gutted really. I went out one day one bought the colectors edition and have suffered nothing but crashes since. Now a ray of sunshine comes with the 1.4 beta and it completely bricks my directory just re installing now! Gutted. Hopefully my issues will be rectofied with the full patch I hope all you folks are having alot more joy than me lol!

  11. I was under the impression that the beta patches meant that the official patch would be offered as a beta ONLY TO get around not having to force an update in case something goes wrong with the patch and your game. This is a bit unfortunate to see that the beta patch is exactly that, a patch still in testing. The one thing I hate the most with Steam (which I usually adore) is that it forces updates even if you have it set to not update automatically. Many of us use lots of mods that become incompatible with new versions of Skyrim until they are redone to support them. That’s why the thought of having an optional patch was so awesome. Oh well, I still appreciate all your hard work on getting the game even better. Thanks to the devs

    • @patrick, it’s definitely a beta update. That’s why we set up it with Steam so that you have to opt into it to receive it.

      There’s more updates planned beyond 1.4. We understand that there can be some mod compatibility issues, but we also need to work to address issues being reported.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      • You have to admit it’s an inconvenience. It surely isn’t the developer’s issue to worry about though. I wasn’t trying to be really negative, I was merely saying the idea of having an optional patch is fantastic. A lot of us use more than one mod. In fact, I’m using 23 mods right now. The most important to me being SkyUI. I look forward to playing Skyrim everyday, and in the past when a new patch has come out, it’s been a day or two process to get the game to run again by going through mod by mod and seeing what still works and what doesn’t. Having an optional patch would give us a few days to wait for the modders to catch up before we install the patch. This beta patch is still really amazing to have. It gives modders a while to make sure their mod is going to be compatible with the 1.4 update.

        • I see your point, but you must consider this from Bethesda’s perspective with regards to support. The vast majority of support calls will start and end with unchecking that option and allowing the game to update to the newest version. You can always back up your game directory and play in Offline mode until your mods are updated. This would all be easier if Skyrim weren’t tied to Steam, but it is and we have to accept that.

    • The official mod-creatin tool, the Creation Kit, isn’t even out yet. Any mods other than just texture replacers are written with unsupported third-party tools which may not even be fully compatible depending on the (also third-party, unsupported) reverse-engineering of Bethesda’s formats.

      So Bethesda really is under no obligation to consider their existence whatsoever when releasing updates.

      I hope they fix everything, support Skyrim for years, and leave me nothing to do. I want the 70% of players on consoles to benefit too.

  12. Does anyone know if they fixed the bug in the windhelm house where you cant get your dagger back if you placed it in the dagger display case. I put dagon’s razor in there, so that kinda sucks

  13. I just wanted to say THANKS Bethesda for providing continued support to your game. It truly is a strong signal sent to the community. Skyrim is the best game I’ve ever played (20 years of gaming behind me) and truthfully after Oblivion I didn’t think you could do any better. I never imagined, not even in my wildest dreams, to ever play a game so enthralling, so majestic, so EPIC. I’ve played Skyrim over 120 hours so far (or so says my savegame) and I still haven’t seen it all. It may sound silly but I’ve bought the game on both PC and 360 just because I love it SO MUCH.

    You know that annoying Oblivion Adoring Fan? I think you’ve just found “Skyrim’s Adoring Fan” – it’s me! I’m looking forward to seeing what the community comes up with when the Creation Kit gets released.

    • It is a million time’s easier for a game to be repaired, corrected, patched whatever you want to call it, on a pc, than it is to address an issue on a console. I understand the inconvience of not getting bugs fixed as quickly as you would have liked, but honestly, this game, is there baby. They are gonna take care of it, all consoles. Sorry it seems like a wait in line kinda ordeal, but just let them do what they do. They hear your comments, concerns, and take that into heart.

    • i hope so .. im now just playing the side quest .. we need new PS3 patch to play .. i said that before there are proplem in main quest i hope you solve it as fast as you can , so please fix it we are waiting for new PS3 patch

      and thank you..

  14. I have seen soo many bugs in this game that it is almost rediculous. I personally believe that this is done deliberatly to mess up the cracking groups, which is all in all fine.

    Hopefully we will thanks to the massive marketing success of this game see updates untill it works flawlessly. I purchased 2 copies btw.

    Now regarding the beta patch, I’ll wait for the official 1.4 patch to avoid any unintentional damage.

    I do however want to use this opertunity to express my thoughts around a couple of other things:

    The user interface used in Baldurs Gate back in the days was far superior and user friendly then what you have managed to cook up for this game. It’s insane that the PC version must be handicapped du to console porting. for god’s sake, make a user interface which makes sence for players operating with keyboard and mouse.

    Gameplay wise I was 100% sure we would be able to procure our own stronholds or such and then roster some hands etc which we in turn could outfit as we see fit. But none of the sort. Perhaps this will come in a DLC later on?

    My 2 cents.. or $59.99 x 2…

    cheers.

    • I think one of the best things about having this optional beta patch is you can test it out and revert back to 1.3 if something does go wrong. Wouldn’t you rather know now and have an opportunity to go back to 1.3? Otherwise, there’s no going back once the official 1.4 is out. I’m incredibly happy with this patch. The performance increase is mind blowing. I don’t use Skyboost anymore, and still get a massive performance increase. A lot of quest bugs have been fixed too. I’d give it a try

  15. The Master Criminal Achievement is still not working. Haafingar is not counting crime. And i have already 9 areas with more than 1000 crime-gold. [GERMAN] (Winterfeste/ Weißlauf/ Rift/ Orkstamm/ Reach/ Pale/ Hjallmarsch/ Falkenring/ Ostmarsch)The achievement says we need only 9 but with Haafingar it would be 10.

    • I have the same problem, I have over 20000+ bounty in each hold lol. It kinda ruines the game tho having a bounty i dont like the crime system because in real life in less there were posters every where Guards would really be able to See u from the other side of the map and come after you. I still really love the game <3 Keep up the good work Bethesda, Cant wait for the creation kit to come out not just for my own modding pleasure but to be able to See all the work other people put into the game.

      "but theres one they fear, In there tonge He is Dovakhiin DRAGONBORN!!!" *Music* and *epic Preview*

  16. I’ve noticed that fire and other spell effects do not disappear some of the time. Oil puddles do not go out after they are ignited, and the lighting/frost spell effects remain frozen in time long after the enemy is defeated.

    Other than that, seems good to me! This is by far the most stable, least buggy, best performing, most playable Elder Scrolls title ever released… EVER. Keep up the good work, and I can’t wait to see those modding tools!

  17. Can you PLEASE fix The Pursuit quest?! Fast. I mean, like, a month ago? There have been a good 5-7 times I’ve just turned off the Xbox due to frustration.. Sometimes I want my money back, I swear. I love this game, dearly, but WTF, this is keeping me from doing another quest for The Dark Brotherhood as well. It’s just ridiculous. I’m going to call up Bethesda one of these days and treat you guys to my screamy, hormonal pregnant rant. I’ll probably cry again too.. :( Yeah, you made me cry Bethesda. Hope you’re happy meow.

    PS, also, got off of my horse on a path on the way to Solitude today and my horse was swept off of the path and off of a cliff. It looked like a giant invisible hand just pushed it to it’s death. :( Stupid.

  18. im now just playing the side quest .. we need new PS3 patch to play .. i said that before there are proplem in main quest i hope you solve it as fast as you can , so please fix it we are waiting for new PS3 patch

    and thank you..

  19. I finished the MQ and all the SideQuests, now its just random radiant repetitive Quests.

    Basically the only other thing Bugging me are the Quest Items stuck in my Inventory and Journal Entries not going away after ive done them already.

    There is also a Radiant Quest Bug where i need to clear out a Bandit Fort, but after 4 Months In-Game, nobody is there. Its also the same with Farkas and the Dragon Seekers Quest where we need to kill a Dragon at Dragontooth Canyon, but Nobody is there, just some dead corpses.

    Is it possible to release a Quick Beta Patch just for those little Bugs please, we dont need to wait for Another Big Patch.

    For the next Patch List, please add an Optional Disable Self Shadows and Bloom.

    It seems when i clear allot of places, there arent Cleared at the top of it when viewing it on the Map, witch makes it Confusing on witch place i havent been to yet.

    • Agreed. I have all the Bardic guild quest items stuck in my inventory, as well as two books. I have a several bounty quests where there is no one home. Looking forward to the full release patch.

      Thanks for one of the most addictive games ever, even if my wife hates you for it. :)

  20. My main quest items that stay in inventory is the bard retrieved items (Drum, Flute, etc) Four of the suckers in my inventory, weight counted for encumbrance and everything. The quests are done, but the items were not given to the people that wanted them.

  21. Aye, tested it today. Performance has improved a lot, I only got one CTD(!) and that only after quite some time of playing. Can’t wait for the creation kit as well, it should be out soon now. Hopefully all the good mods out there will keep up with the updates.

  22. Has anyone else been having CZTDs every hour or so since updating to 1.4? The problem can be with SKSE or one of the mods, but the ones I’m using are among the top 25 so others would be having this problem too, right?

  23. I have the PS3 version of the game and it crashes A LOT. I have to restart my playstation quite a bit. At least twice every time I play.

  24. Ok i just want to say to all the PS3 Players that are blaming Bethesda Its not there fault You can blame Sony for not updating there PS3 to a newer version back then 256 mb Of Vram was ok but not for now. So instead of getting all mad saying “What a waste of my time” Or “This game sucks just like all the other ones”
    please stop

    • Usually when developing software for hardware, it’s recommended that the hardware is taken into consideration. Blame Sony? A fundamental lack of understanding on your part, Donakiin.

  25. Sorry for writing this again. I would like to know if you are aware of the Civil War quest bug; the one were the “Reporting for duty” dialog is missing when trying to speak with Legate Rikke.

  26. Savegame file size~8.1 MB,first silent CTD(around Whiterun) with beta patch 1.4.20.Well that was a cold shower,total wet blanket,party pooper…thanks Bethesda for nothing.

  27. Thanks much for the tutor on downloading the beta. Was stuck after Serpentstone (which was not marked on the map). Beta loaded in bout 10min, 32-bit (my PC). Game started rt. back in Kings’ Palace, and went smoothly from there; recommend above for glich fix keeping player from Jagged Crown quest. Thanks again.

  28. im the highest level in skyrim and their just are not enuf points to spend on perks. when the game is all patched up and if your going to have add-ons to the game that people can buy you should also let us buy extra points to get more perks. sorry about my spelling but if you could do so that would be great.

  29. Anyone on the PC version get Blood On The Ice to trigger yet with this patch? Still getting nothing. Don’t have the option to buy Hjerim either.

  30. i’d like to know if the lag issues on PS3 are about problems with the engine/ design or its about the Ps3 system itself who cannot support it. Because there is a lot of other titles that do not render properly on PS3.