Skyrim 1.4 beta patch, lots and lots of improvements

Skyrim gets 1.4 beta patch, includes slew of new updates and more specifically "improved compiler op.

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Been obsessively playing Skyrim since launch like most people? Want to keep on that bleeding-edge, well, Bethesda have been kind enough to release the latest 1.4 beta patch for Skyrim and have made it available through Steam.

Skyrim 1.4 beta patch, lots and lots of improvements |

Bethesda have warned people of the update, with "apply the update at your own risk." In order to apply the update, you'll need to check your Steam settings then opt-in to the Skyrim beta listed there. Bethesda recommend backing up your save games just in case you lose them, and the resulting after effects of which would be complete rage black-out.

Details on how to apply the update are here. And below I've listed a full list of fixes and goodies, there's a lot:


Skyrim launcher support for Steam Workshop (PC)


General optimizations for memory and performance

Fixed occasional issue with armor and clothing not displaying properly when placed on mannequin's in player's house. (PS3)

Improved compiler optimization settings (PC)

Long term play optimizations for memory and performance (PS3)

Memory optimizations related to scripting

Fixed crashes related to pathing and AI

Fixed crash in Haemar's Shame if player had already completed "A Daedra's Best Friend"

Fixed rare crash with loading saved games

Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line

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 quests would incorrectly progress after reloading a save

Fixed issues with placing and removing books from bookshelves in the player's home

Fixed issue where weapon racks and plaques would not work correctly in player's house if player immediately visits their house before purchasing any furnishing.

Fixed issue where the player house in Windhelm would not clean up properly

Fixed crash related to giant attacks and absorb spells

Fixed issue with ash piles not cleaning up properly

Fixed occasional issue where overwriting an existing save would fail

Fixed memory crash with container menu

Fixed infinite loop with bookshelves

Fixed issue where traps in Shalidor's Maze would not work properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian versions

Fixed issue where transforming back to human from werewolf would occasionally not fail

Bows and daggers will display properly when placed on weapon racks


The Unusual Gem inside the Thalmor Embassy is now accessible after finishing "Diplomatic Immunity"

In "Breaching Security", the quest token is no longer required to receive a fortune reading from Olava the Feeble

Fixed issue where Galmar would not complete Joining the Stormcloaks properly if "Season Unending" was an active quest

Fixed issue where starting "Season Unending" after finishing "Joining the Stormcloaks" would prevent "The Jagged Crown" from starting properly.

Fixed issue progressing through "Message to Whiterun" while "Season Unending" was still open would block progression for both quests.

In "Arniel's Endeavor", fixed issue where a quest journal would trigger multiple times

In "Forbidden Legend", the amulet fragment can no longer disappear after player leaves a dungeon without taking it

Fixed rare issue in "Forbidden Legend" where killing Mikrul Gauldurson while sneaking would make his corpse unaccessible

In "The White Phial", the phial can no longer disappear if player leaves dungeon without taking it

"The White Phial" will now start properly if player already has a briar heart in their inventory

Player can no longer get stuck in Misty Grove after completing "A Night to Remember"

Fixed issue where leaving Riften during "A Chance Arrangement" would prevent quest from progressing

In "Darkness Returns", a door in Twilight Sepulcher will properly open if the player leaves the dungeon for an extended period of time before completing the quest

In "Revealing the Unseen", if the player leaves the Oculory for an extended period of time after placing the focusing crystal and returns, the quest will proceed correctly

"Onmund's Request" will now start properly if player has already found Enthir's staff before receiving this quest

Fixed instance where Tonilia would stop buying stolen items and also would not give Guild Leader Armor

"Repairing the Phial" will start properly if player already has unmelting snow or mammoth tusk in their inventory

Finding Pantea's Flute before speaking with Pantea no longer prevents her quest from updating

In "The Coming of the Dawn", fixed rare instance where a quest object would spawn incorrectly on the Katariah during Hail Sithis

Fixed rare issue in "The Mind of Madness" where player is unable to equip the Wabbajack

Fixed issue in "Pieces of the Past" where Mehrunes Dagon's Razor will not trigger properly if player leaves the cell for extended period of time before activating it

"Blood's Honor" will start properly if you visited and completed Driftshade and an extended period of time passes before starting the quest.

Fixed rare issue where "Dampened Spirits" would not start properly

Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first

Fixed issue where killing guards in Cidhna Mine would block progression for "No One Escapes Cidhna Mine"

Fixed numerous issues with "Blood on the Ice" not triggering properly

In "Blood on the Ice", Calixto can now be killed if player owns a house in Windhelm

In "The Cure for Madness", killing Cicero then resurrecting him no longer impedes quest progress

Fixed rare issue in "To Kill an Empire" where an NPC would fail to die properly

Clearing Knifepoint Ridge before starting "Boethiah's Champion" no longer prevents quest from starting.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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