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Beta for Skyrim Update 1.7 Is Now Underway

Marshall Henderson

A new update for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has entered beta, and is now available on Steam. Given the fact that the Steam summer sales have just come to an end, so Skyrim is probably in a lot more Steam libraries now.


Here is a list of the updates in Skyrim, including some of the 360-exclusive fixes:


Update 1.7 (all platforms unless specified)




General memory and stability optimizations


Fixed crash related to new water shaders


Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings


Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)


Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards


Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)


Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)


Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)


Now, most of the updates PC users will have access to seem like nice ones, keeping Skyrim from crashing and such. However, this pales in comparison to the 360's updates. Yes, everyone, the French, German, Italian, and Spanish versions of Skyrim have Kinect-enabled shouts. Picture, if you will, Raoul Bova doing Dragon Shouts at the television. Yes.


Aside from that, you can look forward to it running a little smoother, being better optimized. The 1.7 beta is available right this second on Steam, so feel free to update before you start your next Argonian vampire hunter archer run for the recently-released Dawnguard.

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