Skryim 1.6 Update Incoming, PC Beta Available Now

Announced on the Bethesda Blog recently was the 1.6 update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The update implements several general bug fixes, but more importantly adds “mounted combat” to allow players to fight off enemies while on horseback.

First shown off in the Skyrim Game Jam sizzle reel months ago, the apparently “highly-requested” feature is now arriving for free via the update. PC players can get the jump on the patch today by giving the latest Steam Beta Update a download.


  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

Features and Bug Fixes in Skyrim 1.6


  • Mounted Combat – Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse


  • General stability and memory optimizations
  • General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
  • Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks
  • Fixed rare crash with lighting
  • Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
  • Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
  • Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
  • Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
  • Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
  • Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
  • Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
  • Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
  • In “The Break of Dawn” fixed rare issue where Meridia’s Beacon would disappear from player’s inventory
  • Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime
  • Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
  • Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
  • Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater
  • Fixed issue where map cursor would occasionally disappear after closing a message box with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed rare issue with shouts only performing the first level and not other unlocked levels with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue where the shout buttons would stop working properly if users mashed LB and RB during cooldown with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)

Now go fight some dragons on horseback. Do it, and do it with epic-ness.

  1. Oh I thought there was an interview with Todd Howard before Skyrim release where they asked him about mounted combat. He said something about “we just want to keep horses as a means of transport”. I wonder what happened to that mindset lol maybe the demand for horseback combat was just too damn high

  2. The elder scrolls: mount and blade

  3. When are they gOnna to add jump attacks?!?!

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