It has been a long time since we first speculated about patch 1.4 for Skyrim, however today we have learned that the the beta version of update 1.4.15 is now accessible on Steam for PC gamers.
Bethesda say that you should only apply this patch if you are experiencing issues which are listed in the changelog, you can see this here, there’s tons of fixes and improvements which this patch will bring to the game so chances are it should nullify most of the common problems which people have been experiencing.
Before applying the beta update you should ensure that you back up your game saves just in case as they may inadvertently get overwritten, one thing worth knowing is that your game saves will still work with patch 1.3 if you have to roll back to this version of the game.
If you want access to the Skyrim 1.4 beta you need to open up Steam, click on Steam in the upper menu, then click setting, select the account tab and then click change in the Beta participation section, now simply select ‘Skyrim Beta’ from the drop down menu and select OK, Steam will now restart and then download the latest beta.
As this is a beta you must understand that it may be unstable, therefore don’t be too surprised if you encounter issues. Bethesda has clearly stated that you should only install this beta if you are experiencing the problem noted in the list of changes. Most of the fixes relate to minor bugs which occur during specific quests, however we are also promised memory and performance optimizations and less lag when game save filesize becomes large – the latter of these issues is what should put an end to the PS3 lag problems which have been affecting millions of people for the last few months.
Are you experiencing a problem which is not mentioned in the changelog? If so, be sure to leave us a comment below.