The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition patch 1.2 is live for Xbox One

Skyrim Special Edition's latest update smooths performance, alt-tabbing out of the game, and other wrinkles.


Bethesda published a blog to notify players that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition has been patched to version 1.2 on Xbox One, hot on the heels of the update released on PS4 and PC earlier this week.

Full patch notes can be found below. Highlights include bug fixes related to browsing mods and—of the utmost importance for players who feel the need to break the game's suspension of disbelief so they can debate politics on Facebook—the ability to alt-tab in and out of Skyrim Special Edition.

  • General stability and performance improvements
  • Fixed issue related to using alt-tab while playing the game (PC)
  • Fixed issue with water flow not rendering properly
  • Fixed crash related to changing from werewolf back to human form
  • Fixed crash related to reloading after changing Load Order of mods
  • General bug fixing and improvements with browsing Mods
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      November 16, 2016 1:57 PM

      Nice I was wondering when it would be released, I have it downloading the update now.

      Thanks for the heads up.

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      November 16, 2016 2:22 PM

      Like the new ability to use alt-tab without fear of the game freezing up. Is this the first Elder Scrolls game that lets you do that?

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        November 17, 2016 5:13 AM

        I was doing that without issue in Morrowind and Oblivion.

        It works in Skyrim too, it's just a little janky and I'm not surprised people think it doesn't.

        You alt-tab out and do whatever you need to do. Then click on the taskbar icon for Skyrim when you want go back into the game. This will result in a black screen with a windowed border and will stay like that looking as if it has crashed (it hasn't). At this point you alt-tab again but swictch from Skyrim, cycling through your other oepn apps and back to Skyrim again. This will force the game back into full screen and after a few seconds of blackness the game will resume as normal.

        I only found out about this because a friend told me lol. It works every time though.

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      November 17, 2016 6:57 AM

      Wonder what the water issue was. I didn't notice anything but I guess I wasn't spending a lot of time staring at flowing water.

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        November 17, 2016 7:02 AM

        Sometimes moving water was rendered standing still or moving the wrong direction against the current..