Elder Scrolls Skyrim Patch Hits Xbox Live, PS3 Next

Posted: Feb 9 2012, 1:55pm CST | by , in News | Gaming

Elder Scrolls Skyrim Patch Hits Xbox Live, PS3 Next

Fixes crippling lag, hopefully

Bethesday has just released a patch to the latest entry in the Elder Scrolls franchise, and it's a patch console games have been waiting for.

However, it's going live on the Xbox 360 first, where the issues are not as severe. The patch includes more than the lag fix, though, and also optimizes various other key aspects of the game.

Since its release, there have been complaints from users who say playing the game on PS3 results in severe lag that cripples gameplay and results in an annoying experience.

Based on posts on the game's official forums, it appears the problems begin with players progress through the game far enough that their save file size exceeds 6 MB.

The game has an auto-save feature, so what is most likely happening is that as the file grows in size, the constant re-saving has a draining effect on the performance of the game.

Turning off auto-save (which is on by default) seems to alleviate some of the pain, but gamers have wanted a more permanent solution.

Earlier this month, game maker Bethesda said it believed it found the source of the problem and that a fix was in the works.

Well, a PC patch was recently released and based on reports, it looks like it eliminated the error that was causing the problems on PS3.

However, patches for PS3 games need to undergo a whole certification process so it took a while before the update was made available to the Sony console. It will be hitting the system in the next couple days.

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