New ‘Skyrim’ PC Update 1.31 Adds 4-Gigabyte Tuning Support

Hot on the heels of Update 1.3’s release for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes a new update for Steam that makes use of up to 4GB of RAM on the PC. 4GB tuning has been an oft-requested feature in the PC version of Skyrim, and was actually patched in but subsequently removed.

But those clever Skyrim modders found a way to continue 4GB support, and made that mod one of the most popular. Now, under the supervision of Bethesda, official 4GB tuning has been patched in, and hopefully it’s here to stay.

Most figure that this 4GB support will pave the way for the Creation Kit, Bethesda’s own set of mod tools that will allow for more diverse Skyrim experiences. As any PC gamer or Bethesda fan knows, a game doesn’t really come together until mod tools enter into the mix. Oftentimes mods can take a game, like Skyrim, which is already stunning to behold, and take it to a whole new level.

The other, and extremely less interesting, part of the update is a fix for accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a dialogue line. It’s a minor issue, but given the Nordic roots of the Skyrim mythology, it’s better to get the correct spelling for everything.

Unfortunately, just like with Update 1.3, there are more gamers left wondering when they will be able to actually play Skyrim, let alone consider incorporating more RAM. The PS3 lag is still a prominent issue, despite a patch being rolled out that was supposed to fix it, and is keeping plenty of gamers away from this serious Game of the Year contender/winner.

Our guess is that Bethesda is done with patches for 2011, but should be doling out some serious improvements in January of 2012 — patches that include that Creation Kit and make Skyrim playable on all platforms.

Are you happy to hear that 4GB tuning has been patched into Skyrim? Any issues on the PC that Bethesda should address before the Creation Kit releases?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available now for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: Bethesda Blog

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