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Skyrim Remaster Patch Fixes Audio Downgrade and More

The patch is out now in beta for PC.


Bethesda announced today that, as promised, it's going to fix the audio issues facing some versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's remastered version. The patch is out now in beta for PC on Steam and will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later, Bethesda said in a form post.

Following last week's launch of Skyrim's remastered version, called the Special Edition, players quickly discovered that the game's audio sounded downgraded due to a compression issue. Bethesda quickly responded to say it was going to fix the issue with a patch. The patch notes for today's update explain that "some sound files" have been updated so that they are not compressed.

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This patch also includes "general performance and optimization improvements." Additionally, it clears out a "rare" problem where NPCs wouldn't show up in the right spots. You can see the full list of fixes and instructions for how to access the Steam beta below.

Skyrim Special Edition 1.1.51 Fixes

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

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 your library.

For more on Skyrim's Special Edition, check out GameSpot's feature, "Should You Buy Skyrim Special Edition?" You can also watch this graphics comparison video to see how the new game's PC graphics compare to the the 2011 original.

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