Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 Update: 5 Things to Know

The third major Skyrim Special Edition patch is on the way and today we want to take a look at the most important things to know about the Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 update and its release.


Skyrim Special Edition problems continue to plague the game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. Gamers on all three platforms are complaining about a variety of issues including crashes, issues with quests and NPCs, and more.

Bethesda tackled some Skyrim Special Edition problems with its 1.1 and 1.2 updates but the game requires additional help. Fortunately, help is on the way.


Bethesda’s confirmed a brand new Skyrim Special Edition update. The 1.3 patch is currently available in an early form to a select group of users.

With the Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 patch confirmed we want to take a look at the key release details for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 Beta

The Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 patch is out in beta form for PC users. Bethesda won’t release a beta for PS4 or Xbox One.


Getting the 1.3 update on board your Windows PC is easy and should only take you a few minutes to complete. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Log into Steam.
  2. Right Click on Skyrim Special Edition in your Library.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Betas.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Wait a few minutes for game to update.
  8. When done, Skyrim Special Edition [Beta] should appear in our Library.

How to Send Feedback

If you do decide to download the Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 update, you’ll want to provide Bethesda with feedback so that it can improve the software ahead of its official release down the road.

The company wants 1.3 update beta testers to post feedback about bugs and problems on its official Skyrim 1.3 beta forums.

If you run into an issue with the patch, don’t be shy. Your report could help the company improve the final product.


Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 Beta Problems

Before you download the beta you must remember that this is early software and there’s a good chance it will cause problems on your rig.


It’s still extremely early but beta testers are already reporting several problems with the 1.3 beta. Early problems include issues with saves, random crashes, problems with gamepads, refresh rate problems, and more. This list will grow as more people download the new update.

If you run into an issue, you’ll want to report it. You’ll also want to fix it. We’ve put together a list of fixes for common Skyrim Special Edition problems that could come in handy if you do encounter something with the software.

Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 Update Release Date

Bethesda hasn’t confirmed a Skyrim Special Edition 1.3 release date for PC. The past two updates stayed in beta for a few days before a wide release for all three platforms. We’d expect this beta to last a few more days at least.


The company hasn’t confirmed a release, or a release date, for PS4 and Xbox One. It’s unclear if this update will be PC-only.

What’s New

As for the Skyrim Special Edition patch’s contents, it’s going to be a small bug fixer.

As of right now, the update includes a short list of fixes including the infamous “General stability and performance improvements.” The other two changes are:

  • Fixed an issue where Slow Time effects weren’t behaving properly
  • Better support for 144hz displays

This could change as the beta progresses but we don’t expect any massive changes to this update before its official release.

70 PS4 & Xbox One Skyrim Mods You Should Try Right Now

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Quality Map

One of our favorite Skyrim mods for PC is now available for console. 

A Quality World Map by IcePenguin is an essential mod for PC. And now that it's available for console, it's an essential mod for Xbox One. (It's not available for PS4 yet.)

Bethesda's vanilla Skyrim map is decent enough but this mod takes it to the next level with improved textures and detailed roads.

The developer has literally drawn out every single road in the game and needless to say, it's impressive. And useful. 

For more info, take a look at the video below.

There are several versions of this mod available for Xbox One including one with a brand new style. 

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