Skyrim Special Edition update causes more issues than it fixes

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Skyrim Special Edition is an impressive game, but unfortunately the gaming experience has been very disappointing for many players. This game is affected by many bugs, ranging from FPS rate issues to audio bugs.

The good news is that Bethesda recently rolled out a patch for Skyrim Special Edition, fixing four major bugs. The 1.1.51 update is available on Steam Beta and should soon come to Xbox One as well.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 1.1.51 update fixes the following bugs:

  • General performance and optimization improvements
  • Fixed rare issue with NPCs not appearing in proper locations
  • Fixed issue with saves erroneously being marked as Moddded, even though no mods are active
  • Updated some sound files to not use compression.

Here’s how to access the Steam Beta

  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 the Library.

Bethesda’s intentions were definitely good when it released this update, but it appears this patch is not enough to guarantee a smooth Skyrim Special Edition gaming experience.

Gamers report this update causes texture issues, tearing and ripping across the screen.

In both the normal build and the 1.1.51 beta build the textures screw up. Suddenly you’ll get tearing and ripping across the screen. I’ve also seen pixelation appear if you stare at stuff eventually (I’ve noticed this during conversation – suddenly you see ghost images and screwed up textures)

Also, the update causes FPS rate issues, with many gamers complaining that after installing the 1.1.51 beta build, the FPS sometimes drops to as low as 40.

Unfortunately, after updating to the 1.1.51 Beta version, I’ve noticed a significant decrease in smoothness. Looking around and running causes jittering and after testing my fps in-game, I realized it has decreased from 60 to 40-ish frames per second.

Judging by user reports, the Skyrim Special Edition 1.1.51 update definitely needs more polishing.

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