Bethesda has released the 1.7 beta patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Steam.

The patch, according to the Bethesda blog, offers optimisations for memory and stability, and fixes a few crashes.

Over on the PlayStation 3, 1.7 will also roll in the currently unreleased 1.6 patch, finally giving Sony owners features like mounted combat.

Bethesda has not dated when the final 1.7 patch will be publicly released on any platform, but has asked PC owners participating in the beta to leave feedback.

The patch notes in full:

  • General memory and stability optimizations
  • Fixed crash related to new water shaders
  • Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
  • Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
  • Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
  • Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
  • Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)