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Skyrim Beta Patch

The Bethesda Blog has news that the promised beta version 1.4 patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available on Steam. They outline how to back up your saved games and opt in to the beta test, offering warnings along the way that a beta patch is to be used at your own risk. They also outline how to revert back to version 1.3 if the beta is not to your liking.

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27. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 18:42 Jerykk
 
This one is not a bug, but instead a limitation of the CPU-bound physics/shadowing implementation in the game.

If that's indeed the case, they should put a 60 FPS limit into the code itself. Why even allow players to run at more than that if it breaks the game?
 
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26. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 17:26 DG
 
Verno wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 14:19:
Sack up man, its fine A save backup is all you need and takes about 3 seconds to do.
Yeah I caved. I'd thought it might be a big download if I wanted to revert but apparently just disable the beta and it'll effectively run another small patch.

There's a performance improvement that's occasionally noticeable without any FPS display, though it ran great before (Ultra at 1600x1080 on a 2500K & ATI9850). Most of the fixes seem to be quests I'm not at yet. Not running any significant mods though folks seem to be saying the bigger mods are getting updates out already.
 
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25. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 14:34 Mordecai Walfish
 
fujiJuice wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 13:32:
I haven't been keeping up to date with the game, took a bit of a break, is the Large Address Aware work around still needed?

no.


Jerykk wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 04:53:
Out of curiosity, does the game still have physics and timescale issues if you don't limit the framerate to 60? That's another pretty major bug that I'd hope would be resolved by now.

This one is not a bug, but instead a limitation of the CPU-bound physics/shadowing implementation in the game.
 
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24. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 14:19 Verno
 
DG wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 13:15:
Whoa, that's some performance improvement.

Still, nope. Not touching this until after a lot of feedback. Not risking 63 hours so far.

Although...

Although...

Although I could just backup my saves, run steam backup and give it a go. Worst happens just opt out of the beta and restore the backups.

Sack up man, its fine A save backup is all you need and takes about 3 seconds to do.
 
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23. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 13:53 Slashman
 
Verno wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 08:46:
Also the combat system could use some major fixes.

The combat could always be better I suppose, but compared to Oblivion this combat system is about a trillion times superior.

I actually ENJOY fighting in Skyrim. I pretty much hated it in Oblivion. The magic system is a major improvement and I find I can actually work out tactics for fighting things.

Its not Darksiders or Prototype, but its still fun. Granted, I'm only level 16 and fighting in 3rd person...so maybe that makes a difference. When taken along with the rest of the game, I think combat in Skyrim does its job decently enough.
 
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22. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 13:32 fujiJuice
 
I haven't been keeping up to date with the game, took a bit of a break, is the Large Address Aware work around still needed?  
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21. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 13:23 CrimsonPaw
 
Kastagir wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 00:34:
2560x1600, Ultra, FXAA, 16xAS - Dragonsreach view toward the Gildergreen tree

1.3.10.0 = 32.4 FPS (default)
1.3.10.0 = 36.4 FPS (SkyBoost v3)
1.4.15.0 = 59.6 FPS (default)
I'll take "Holy Shit" for $500 Alex ... this patch sounds like the Bee's Knees!
 
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20. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 13:15 DG
 
Whoa, that's some performance improvement.

Still, nope. Not touching this until after a lot of feedback. Not risking 63 hours so far.

Although...

Although...

Although I could just backup my saves, run steam backup and give it a go. Worst happens just opt out of the beta and restore the backups.
 
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19. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 10:28 Quboid
 
Dev wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 19:52:
Basically the instructions are to opt in with steam settings.

Quboid wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 19:50:
Their virtual bouncer wouldn't let me in (404'd after putting in a DOB), this is the correct URL:
http://www.bethblog.com/2012/01/23/now-on-steam-beta-update-for-skyrim/
Same link as in story blurb (unless blue already updated it).

Er, yes, so it is. Maybe Blue updated it, or more likely I'm going senile. When I clicked the link, the virtual bouncer asked for my DOB and then forwarded me on to what was supposed to be that page, so I guess there was a bug in that.
 
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18. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 08:50 jomisab
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 19:50:
Very nice. Bethesda's support seems to improve with time rather than degrade; a welcome oddity in the PC gaming world.

^D^

Makes it easier to justify supporting a game if it's selling bazillions of copies I suppose.
 
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17. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 08:46 Verno
 
Kastagir wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 20:56:
It won't 'break' SkyUI, but some features won't work until SKSE is updated

SKSE is already updated.

I just want the creation kit so I can put a satchel on the alchemy table in Proudspire manor.

I just want the CK so I can fix that broken ass house in Windhelm. Also the combat system could use some major fixes.
 
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16. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 07:39 Bludd
 
I just want the creation kit so I can put a satchel on the alchemy table in Proudspire manor.  
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15. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 05:59 wonkawonka
 
And when do we get really hi-res textures for the PC?
Talking to a dragon a few feet away makes me want to puke all over my screen.
And I'm not even mentioning the amazing 1994 Doom-style pixely enchantment table!
 
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14. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 04:53 Jerykk
 
Out of curiosity, does the game still have physics and timescale issues if you don't limit the framerate to 60? That's another pretty major bug that I'd hope would be resolved by now.  
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13. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 03:55 wonkawonka
 
Kastagir wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 00:34:
I guess it helps if you compile the exe with optimizations...
You took the words right out of my mouth!
I am keenly aware that one of the biggest mistakes is early optimization, but one should probably do it by the time the software is bumped to 1.0 and golden.
 
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12. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 00:40 Silicon Avatar
 
Nice. I think that may be the most performance improvement I've ever seen from a game patch.

 
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11. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 00:34 Kastagir
 
2560x1600, Ultra, FXAA, 16xAS - Dragonsreach view toward the Gildergreen tree

1.3.10.0 = 32.4 FPS (default)
1.3.10.0 = 36.4 FPS (SkyBoost v3)
1.4.15.0 = 59.6 FPS (default)

I guess it helps if you compile the exe with optimizations...
 
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10. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 00:33 Creston
 
Drayth wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 21:02:
Apparently this patch boosts performance so high the author of Skyboost is declaring his mod dead. Nice.

From the forum:
1) Place of test: Dragonsreach overlooking the tree (how original...)
2) Running over 1 GB of texture mods, gameplay mods, and some shadow tweaks
3) Rest are Ultra settings

vanilla 1.3 --------> 23-24 (LAME!)
SB r4_test1 ------> 35-36 (Alex, I love you man!! Please continue with SB!!)
beta 1.4 -----------> 44-45 (Oh yes, your eyes are OK)




Damn, that's impressive. (or rather, it's sad how poorly optimized Skyrim really is...)

Still, kudos to Bethesda for FINALLY realizing "Hey, if the community made a patch that actually works, maybe we should just make it official?"

That only took them 10 years to work out.

Creston
 
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9. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 23, 2012, 22:20 Slashman
 
Drayth wrote on Jan 23, 2012, 21:02:
Apparently this patch boosts performance so high the author of Skyboost is declaring his mod dead. Nice.

From the forum:
1) Place of test: Dragonsreach overlooking the tree (how original...)
2) Running over 1 GB of texture mods, gameplay mods, and some shadow tweaks
3) Rest are Ultra settings

vanilla 1.3 --------> 23-24 (LAME!)
SB r4_test1 ------> 35-36 (Alex, I love you man!! Please continue with SB!!)
beta 1.4 -----------> 44-45 (Oh yes, your eyes are OK)


Holy crap!!!!
 
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8. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 23, 2012, 21:02 Drayth
 
Apparently this patch boosts performance so high the author of Skyboost is declaring his mod dead. Nice.

From the forum:
1) Place of test: Dragonsreach overlooking the tree (how original...)
2) Running over 1 GB of texture mods, gameplay mods, and some shadow tweaks
3) Rest are Ultra settings

vanilla 1.3 --------> 23-24 (LAME!)
SB r4_test1 ------> 35-36 (Alex, I love you man!! Please continue with SB!!)
beta 1.4 -----------> 44-45 (Oh yes, your eyes are OK)

 
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