Bethesda has just deployed the beta version of its patch 1.4 for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the PC platform via Steam, alongside a little guide with what you need to do in order to get it before its full release.
Skyrim was Softpedia’s Game of the Year
in 2011 but, even if it amazed us with its open world, huge variety of quests and great gameplay, the title had quite a few bugs and glitches across all of its platforms.
Even if its developer, Bethesda, tried to eliminate them with several patches, things didn’t exactly improve and, what’s worse, new problems started appearing.
Now, in order to streamline the patching process, at least on the PC platform, Bethesda has decided to release the next patch, update 1.4
, as a beta download. This means only people who are affected by the issues revealed in last week’s changelog can try it out, while those who are having a stable gameplay experience can avoid it for the moment.
Patch 1.4 is now available for download, so here’s Bethesda’s little walkthrough on what you need to do in order to download it through Steam’s beta program.
To get the beta, you need to do the following:
- Log into Steam
- Click on Steam in the upper menu
- Select Settings
- Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
- A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
- Select OK.
- Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.
Bethesda recommends you back up your save game files before applying the patch, although if you opt to get out of the beta program, your old save game files are still going to work with Skyrim version 1.3.
If you decided to exit the beta program, all you need to do is select ‘None – Opt Out’ in the drop down menu from Steam’s beta participation section. This will prompt a restart of Steam and then the game will be rolled back to the latest stable version (1.3).
In case you decide to participate in the beta, please share your experience with the newest version of Skyrim below.