Skyrim's 1.3 update is live on PC, heading to consoles now

Skyrim's 1.3 patch is live for PC and XBLA, Bethesda reports. The update's also live on PSN outside of North America, with this territory to be added very soon. Steam and Xbox players can download the patch immediately, which fixes minor annoyances from the previous update and initial release as well as improving general stability.

Above: If your response to this image is "sweet, that sucker's on the run now," this patch comes just in time

The most widely-noted fix of this patch will probably be the game's notorious backwards-flying dragons, who began appearing (along with other highly amusing variations) after last week's patch. Also remedied are that patch's issues with magic resistance; the full patch notes are below.

Update 1.3 Notes (all platforms unless specified)

  • General stability improvements

  • Optimize performance for Core 2 Duo CPUs (PC)

  • Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles

  • Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly

  • Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes

  • Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading

  • Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate

Bethesda notes that a further PC-specific patch next week will address the current version's problems on machines with more than 2GB of memory, allowing improved performance and stability. We've been running the 360 patch for some hours now and our machine has thoroughly failed to explode spectacularly, which is actually a bit disappointing but mainly a good thing.


  • draztyk01 - January 11, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    what about bonechill the inability to finish the ceremony for the thieves guild these are serious things that need to be fixed starting to wish i got this on ps3 not on pc atleast that way i could trade it in for rage.
  • inkyspot - December 16, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    The game is still broken for me, a few missions cannot be completed. I can't really tell what they fixed, maybe I'll have to check on that backwards flying dragon. Graphic bugs are one thing, but bugs that kill or stop the gameplay... unforgivable.
  • CoD4Kamikazi - December 16, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    Me too. I can't complete The Forsworn Conspiracy and all my dragons fly backwards and lag around.
  • Hydrohs - December 16, 2011 6:22 a.m.

    I could have sworn this patch was already released... I remember reading these exact notes in the past.
  • Hydrohs - December 16, 2011 6:25 a.m.

    Yes, it was actually released a week ago for PC. I am no longer confused.
  • inkyspot - December 15, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    Some missions were not playable on the Xbox version, si I hope this patch fixes that, although I see no mention of it here.
  • TheJerseyDevil - December 15, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Not sure if it was a fix or not, but after I downloaded this patch, my horse Shadowmere (whom you get from the dark brotherhood, which is supposed to be unkillable)appeared beside me after fast travelling even though he died in a dragon fight a looong time ago.
  • KnowBuddy - December 15, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    Of course, you don't need an official patch to address that particular issue.
  • CrashmanX - December 15, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    "PC-specific patch next week will address the current version's problems on machines with more than 2GB of memory" Soooo, every PC that can play Skyrim right now has serious performance bugs? Or is this directed towards machines with 2GB or more of Video RAM?
  • MuckPuppy - December 15, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    I usually don't respond to people... but that was a pretty retarded question, Crash.
  • Fhiend - December 15, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    Skyrim requires 2gb of ram to play. If You have more tha 2gb of ram, skyrim still only uses 2gb. More ram=Better performance.
  • Tom_Goulter - December 15, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Fhiend is correct. The PC-specific patch will unlock larger amounts of RAM where available. Sorry if this wasn't clear.

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