Opt into Skyrim 1.7 patch beta for bug fixes

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While PS3 and PC users anxiously wait to see if Bethesda will release Dawngaurd this week those on the latter can feel a little happier in the knowledge that they were able to opt into the Skyrim 1.7 patch beta, which in turn will help to resolve a number of bug issues. If you own a PS3 or an Xbox 360 then you’ll have to wait a little while – although we’re uncertain how long that wait will be.

On the positive side if you do have the PlayStation 3 version of Skyrim then you will skip update 1.6 and will move directly to patch 1.7, but don’t worry because you will get all the new bug fixes along with all the updates that came with 1.6. Skyrim Patch 1.7 is now available to download via Steam, but there are a few steps that you will need to take first, all of which are explained on the Bethesda website.

Most of the bug fixes are for all three platforms, but there are 4 that are for the 360 only, these are logic error on loading screens, Kinect voice commands are now improved, dragon shouts have now been enabled for select European languages and also those same shouts have been enabled for Dawnguard as well.

As for the updates for all 3 platforms memory and stability has been further optimized, there will no longer be crashing that was related to the new water shaders, animation will now play after you have performed a vampiric grip or have been doing a spot of swimming. Finally those who have experienced the rare occurrence of dragon crashes will be pleased to know that this rare issue has now been fixed with patch 1.7.

You’re being warned that if you do decide to participate in the Skyrim 1.7 beta patch then you should backup your saved games. If you feel the beta patch is causing more issues than resolving them then just redo the steps you took to get the beta and just select none instead, then just load one of your old saves and you are good to go.

After looking at the new update it’s clear to see that it’s all about fixing those bugs, so no new features. However, you have to admire how quick Bethesda has pushed this latest patch out, even if it is for PC users for now.