One of the advantages of PC gaming is developers can just throw out updates quickly, with no certification or QA whatsoever and make you suffer through various issues (kidding, sort of). That's more or less the case with today's PC beta patch for Skyrim, which features significant performance improvements and a whole lot more.
Naturally, you should be wary of installing it unless you're in dire need of the fixes and improvements, or just if you like to live life on the edge. The final, tested version of the patch should hit later this week or next.
To get the update, follow these steps (and steps 4-6 if you want to revert):
- Log into Steam
- Click on Steam in the upper menu
- Select Settings
- Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
- A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
- Select OK.
- Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.
For those of you that do take the plunge, be sure to share impressions of any performance improvements in the comments below. Note SkyBoost shouldn't be necessary any longer for better performance after this patch.