Bethesda snuck out a small PC patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim yesterday, updating it to version 1.3.10 with official support for using up to 4GB of memory. What, you want your Skyrim news to have more vim, vip and vigor? How about new Nvidia beta drivers teasing tantalizing performance boosts?
The patch notes for 1.3.10 are simple:
- Support for 4-Gigabyte Tuning (Large Address Aware)
- Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line
Support for accessing up to 4GB of memory will allow Skyrim to happily run mods and prettier graphics settings, if you have the RAM to back it up. Modders found a way to bump the previous 2GB cap soon after release, but Bethesda inadvertently blocked it with a patch. Those clever modding types soon found a new workaround, but hey, now it's official--no patches required!
The patch will update automatically through Steam. You probably already have it, in fact.
Nvidia teases performance boosts of "up to 25%" in Skyrim with its new 290.53 beta drivers, though this is of course with specific settings and hardware in certain locations, not a blanket improvement. Nvidia's ambient occlusion profile for Skyrim has also been given a bit of extra pep.