Tuesday, January 31, 2017

5 Things to Know About the Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 Update

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A new Skyrim Special Edition update is on the way for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. Here is everything you need to know right now about the Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 update and its release.


Its been several weeks since Bethesda rolled out its Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 update. While that update fixed some glaring issues, Skyrim Special Edition owners have been complaining about a number of ongoing issues with the game including problems with quests, NPCs, and performance.

Bethesda’s next patch won’t be a massive bug fixer but it will fix some Skyrim Special Edition problems plaguing Xbox One, PS4 and PC.


The developer’s confirmed a brand new 1.4 patch for the Skyrim remaster. The update’s release date is close and today we want to take a look at the most important things to know as we close in on its release for console and PC.

Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 Beta

Bethesda’s released a Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 beta ahead of the update’s official release. The beta is only available to PC users and won’t be coming to Xbox One or PlayStation 4.


If you want to test the update ahead of its official release next month, here’s how to get it on board your rig right now:

  1. Log into Steam.

  2. Right Click on Skyrim Special Edition in your Library.

  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Betas.

  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta.

  6. Select OK.

  7. Wait a few minutes and Skyrim Special Edition should update.

  8. When done, Skyrim Special Edition should appear as Skyrim Special Edition [Beta] in your Library.

Remember, this update can and probably will cause problems. Many of you will probably want to wait for the final, and perhaps more stable, version of the 1.4 update to roll out.

How to Report 1.4 Beta Problems

If you do decide to give the Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 beta a go on your PC make sure you report any problems you encounter back to the developer. This way, it can improve the software in the days between now and the final release.

Providing feedback to Bethesda is pretty simple. Head to the company’s Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 beta forum and tell its engineers about your issue. You’ll want to be as specific (and civil) as possible.

1.4 beta users are already running into issues and we expect complaints to pickup as more people download and install the update on their machine.


Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 Release Date

You won’t have to wait long for the Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 update’s arrival.

Bethesda hasn’t confirmed a specific release date but it looks like the update will hit all three platforms sometime next week.


In an announcement, Bethesda says next week it’s “rolling out new updates for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.”

In another announcement, the company states that the Xbox One and PS4 will get the update “next week.” So, it sure sounds like we’ll see all three patches push out in early February.

Skyrim Special Edition Mods

The Skyrim Special Edition 1.4 update, in its current state, focuses on two areas: Skyrim mods and Skyrim problems.

The 1.4 update is loaded up with some interesting changes for Skyrim Special Edition mods. Here is the full list of changes:

  • Added Featured category for mods

  • Added ability to sort Highest Rated and Most Favorited filters by today, week, month and all time

  • Added number of ratings count to Mods Browsing Menu

  • Added number of favorites count to Mod Details page

  • Added required dependencies to Mod Details page

  • Added latest version number and notes to Mod Details page

They’re similar to the changes coming to Fallout 4 with Bethesda’s 1.9 update. The Fallout 4 1.9 update is also expected sometime next week.

Bug Fixes

The 1.4 update also delivers some bug fixes for lingering Skyrim Special Edition issues.


The change log isn’t long but it currently includes general performance and stability improvements, improvements to reporting mods categories, a fix for occasional crashes while scrolling through Load Order menu, and improved Bethesda.net error messaging.

Don’t expect this to change much between now and the update’s release next week.

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