Skyrim patch 1.4 live now via Steam beta participation

Are you waiting for the Skyrim 1.4 patch?

Well wait no longer! The Skyrim 1.4 patch is live right now – if you want it to be.

Via the Steam beta participation, you can apply the patch right now to your game. Understand that the patch is very much a work in progress, warns Bethesda.

Translation? You could very well break everything you’ve worked so hard to get! But if you suffer from a range of issues Bethesda goes over here, then the patch could help you out, and your participation could help out countless people afterward! This is your chance to put yourself at risk to help the greater good – what are you waiting for?

Me? My game runs just fine right now, and I think I’ll keep it that way, but you should feel free to go right on ahead. You brave soul you…

Bethesda lays out the steps you need to take if you want to participate in the patch’s beta:

Be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim (v 1.3).

To get the beta, you need to do the following:

  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.


It’s nice that they let you back out, and tell you the steps to take, if your game breaks horribly.

Note: It’s unclear whether this includes the Creation Kit that’s going to be released alongside the official 1.4 patch. My guess is that this is bug fixes and nothing more, but again that’s just my guess.

Are any of your brave enough to test it out? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: [Bethesda Blog]