Skyrim PS3 Fixes Coming Eventually, Bethesda Offers Pro-Tips

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Both console versions of Skyrim have enough issues that it may be worth waiting a bit more.
Both console versions of Skyrim have enough issues that it may be worth waiting a bit more.

Bethesda Game Studios releases are certainly prone to weird issues, but the PlayStation 3 versions especially so. Users have reported serious performance issues with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when playing for many hours at a time, prompting a response from the company.

Bethesda has started to acknowledge these PS3-specific reports are a problem, promising specific fixes in a patch coming after version 1.3, which is expected later this week.

“We’ve been reaching out to a number of those users to collect save games, so we can take a look at their specific issues,” said the company on its blog. “Right now we know it’s not one thing, but a combination of smaller ones that some folks are seeing, but others are not.”

Version 1.3 comes after version 1.2, which fixed some things and broke others, ala backwards dragons. It's up for PC now.

Knowing things will change eventually doesn’t really help PS3 owners right now, but the company did offer some temporary solutions that could alleviate the pain on its message boards, which I’ll quote in full below:

  • "Turn off auto saves. This can cause temporary stuttering since the PS3 saves these files in the background. This is most noticeable with large saves when fast traveling to a new area or entering a new area that auto saves.
  • Clear space on your hard drive. Skyrim makes heavy use of the hard drive, and freeing up space on here seems to help many people. Hard drive speeds also differ in PS3 models. Some users have reported increase performance by upgrading their drives.
  • Waiting for time to pass. Many things are running in the world depending on what quests you've done or places you have visited. Using Wait or Rest options, passing time will clear up some of these. It depends how long you wait, it may take up to 30 days for some items. Saving, resetting, and loading after this will have the largest effect."

The nature of the problems facing Skyrim on PS3 are understandably upsetting to users. Please report anything you’re running into within the comments, as I’ll be playing close attention.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Both console versions of Skyrim have enough issues that it may be worth waiting a bit more.
Both console versions of Skyrim have enough issues that it may be worth waiting a bit more.

Bethesda Game Studios releases are certainly prone to weird issues, but the PlayStation 3 versions especially so. Users have reported serious performance issues with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when playing for many hours at a time, prompting a response from the company.

Bethesda has started to acknowledge these PS3-specific reports are a problem, promising specific fixes in a patch coming after version 1.3, which is expected later this week.

“We’ve been reaching out to a number of those users to collect save games, so we can take a look at their specific issues,” said the company on its blog. “Right now we know it’s not one thing, but a combination of smaller ones that some folks are seeing, but others are not.”

Version 1.3 comes after version 1.2, which fixed some things and broke others, ala backwards dragons. It's up for PC now.

Knowing things will change eventually doesn’t really help PS3 owners right now, but the company did offer some temporary solutions that could alleviate the pain on its message boards, which I’ll quote in full below:

  • "Turn off auto saves. This can cause temporary stuttering since the PS3 saves these files in the background. This is most noticeable with large saves when fast traveling to a new area or entering a new area that auto saves.
  • Clear space on your hard drive. Skyrim makes heavy use of the hard drive, and freeing up space on here seems to help many people. Hard drive speeds also differ in PS3 models. Some users have reported increase performance by upgrading their drives.
  • Waiting for time to pass. Many things are running in the world depending on what quests you've done or places you have visited. Using Wait or Rest options, passing time will clear up some of these. It depends how long you wait, it may take up to 30 days for some items. Saving, resetting, and loading after this will have the largest effect."

The nature of the problems facing Skyrim on PS3 are understandably upsetting to users. Please report anything you’re running into within the comments, as I’ll be playing close attention.

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#2 Edited by Rincewind (396 posts) -

I already have this, delicious. FUS RO DAH.

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#3 Posted by takayamasama (1461 posts) -

Yay fixes! Thankfully I havent seen many glitches on the 360 version. I feel for the PS3 owners out there though.

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#4 Posted by Mikemcn (8214 posts) -
@Rincewind

asdasdas

Couldn't have said it better myself.
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#5 Posted by Xymox (2372 posts) -

Awesome. I hope they keep it updated and give it a lot of lovin' 'cause it sure does deserve it.

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#6 Posted by rjayb89 (7811 posts) -

FUUUUCKKKK YEAHHHHHHH. BUT I WANT TO PLAY GHOST TRICK, SKYRIM, PLEASE HURRY UP AND FINISH THYSELF.

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#7 Posted by whylessness (26 posts) -

Dragon Priest masks still make my face disappear. At least my elemental resistances are back.

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#8 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Are the backwards dragons gone?

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#9 Posted by whylessness (26 posts) -

@Video_Game_King:

"Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading"

hope so

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#10 Posted by Rincewind (396 posts) -

@Mikemcn: Slander and lies.

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#11 Posted by zombie2011 (5510 posts) -

Wait 30 days in game, for some reason i found that funny.

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#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@whylessness:

Why would you hope for that? Drunk dragons are awesome.

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#14 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12563 posts) -

At least Bethesda is trying to appear like they know what they're doing and are trying to fix this stuff. Let's hope they can and do.

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#15 Posted by vaportra1l (286 posts) -

Cool, now I'll play more skyrim on the PC now that 1.3 is out.

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#16 Posted by duggshammer (161 posts) -

I was once a great game, like you... then I took an arrow in the knee.

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#17 Posted by David (178 posts) -

@rjayb89: Ghost Trick was one of the best games this year if you ask me.

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#18 Posted by Thor_Molecules (758 posts) -

I do hope you bring up these game-breaking bugs in the eventual GOTY-deliberations, Patrick. You have done excellent work reporting on them so far.

Many, many PS3 versions of Skyrim are rendered 100% unplayable by this bug, through no fault of the players.

I mean, Skyrim is a decent game by all accounts, but Bethesda doesn't deserve a free pass on this one just because everyone at GB played it relatively bug-free on Xbox 360 and PC. Bethesda probably had to cut some corners to meet the 11-11-11 deadline, and it just so happened that PS3 owners got completely shafted in the process. They should be held somewhat accountable.

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#19 Posted by GUTBOMB (67 posts) -

I feel like someone has stolen my sweet roll.

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#20 Posted by Neon_Knight (56 posts) -

Pro-tips from Bethesda, "We make good games but we do it very poorly. We put it out on platforms we aren't prepared to develop for properly, do not buy our games again."

Good advice, will do.

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#21 Posted by Spoonman671 (5800 posts) -

This game's going to be awesome!  They built a new engine so this is going to be the most polished Bethesda game ever.  Can't wait to play an Elder Scrolls game without any glitches,

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#22 Posted by fisk0 (6387 posts) -

@zombie2011 said:

Wait 30 days in game, for some reason i found that funny.

I wouldn't recommend doing that in a dungeon you've cleared. 30 in-game days is the time it takes between area resets, when any non-boss enemies and non-quest-specific items will respawn.

In cities it works fine though, except if you're one of those who keep storing stuff in barrels and chests in random houses or guilds, as any container that is not in one of the owned houses are reset as well, and owned houses only include those you've paid for, no guild houses (i.e. something like the arch-mage quarters are not safe places to store your things in).

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#23 Posted by sfighter21 (866 posts) -
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#24 Posted by Nevi (70 posts) -

I ended up starting a second character to do the thief guild quests and s-rank the game. Really hope they fix it so I can do the thief quests on my 200 hour character with the next patch.

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#25 Posted by MeatSim (11151 posts) -

Playing 1.2 on 360 and no magic resistance or backwards dragon problems. Besides occasional lockups I haven't really run into any glitches.

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#26 Posted by Diarmuid (3 posts) -

The last time I used the wait or rest options Skyrim somehow managed to fuck my PS3's hard drive. Good advice, Bethesda.

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#27 Posted by Humanity (16483 posts) -

I thought there might be some Pro-Apologies somewhere too.

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#28 Edited by andyboy (60 posts) -

Please report anything you’re running into within the comments, as I’ll be playing close attention.

Was that misspelling intentional or did your finger hit the "L" key by accident?

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#29 Posted by ptys (2177 posts) -

Ah cool! Definitley getting the frame rate thing so will turn off auto-saves till the update. I actually think Bethesda's response has been pretty good considering how epic the game is, looking forward to the patch next week!

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#30 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -

How can a game that's busted on the PS3, has issues on the 360 and has technical glitches caused by updates be a GOTY contender?

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#31 Posted by Galiant (2237 posts) -

Not a lot of issues, just the weapon racks I can't seem to use. Looking forward to the patch, though. I really hope they fix those racks.

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#32 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

"The platform I play on needs the most attention!"

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#33 Posted by Spoonman671 (5800 posts) -
@Diarmuid said:

The last time I used the wait or rest options Skyrim somehow managed to fuck my PS3's hard drive. Good advice, Bethesda.

That's the reason I stopped playing recently.  The game froze up on me twice in one night, and when restarting my PS3 it had to check the HDD for corrupted files.  I don't know how this game got released.
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#34 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -
@Yanngc33 said:

How can a game that's busted on the PS3, has issues on the 360 and has technical glitches caused by updates be a GOTY contender?

It's a raw deal, indeed.
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#35 Posted by Gabriel (4136 posts) -

@Yanngc33 said:

How can a game that's busted on the PS3, has issues on the 360 and has technical glitches caused by updates be a GOTY contender?

Probably because it feels like it was a weaker year for videogames.

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#36 Posted by Crixaliz (809 posts) -

My character got hit with a couple of arrows and the one that went right through is his head isn't fading away.

Switched the console on/off, tried using different helmets, fast travel and sleeping but it refuses to go away!

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#37 Posted by BlackHawk53 (40 posts) -

I'm playing on the PS3 and have experienced the performance issues. It starts to happen after about 2.5 hours of continuous play. Also after the patch I can't access the bookshelves at my house in Whiterun.

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#38 Edited by SomeJerk (4077 posts) -

"but still not available on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3"

 
That line sounds negative in my ears. Could be rephrased better since the facts are:
 
Microsoft 1) wants to check out the patch data
2) you can only drop X amount of patches in a year
and 3) the patch needs to be a certain size or it'll be DLC (4 megabytes or less? Really?) 

Sony 1) just wants to make sure the shit runs
 
Bethesda 1) are actually working to take care of things, even the PS3 version being a mess
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#39 Posted by Spoonman671 (5800 posts) -
@BlackHawk53 said:

I'm playing on the PS3 and have experienced the performance issues. It starts to happen after about 2.5 hours of continuous play. Also after the patch I can't access the bookshelves at my house in Whiterun.

Yeah, my bookshelves are broke too.
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#40 Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2479 posts) -

@Crixaliz: type "sexchange" into the console twice so you return to your original sex and the arrow disappears. Just remember to restart your game if you want your achievements.

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#41 Posted by falling_fast (2905 posts) -

"Version 1.3 comes after version 1.2"

whoa whoa whoa, what

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#42 Posted by kyrieee (381 posts) -

@SomeJerk said:

"but still not available on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3"

That line sounds negative in my ears. Could be rephrased better since the facts are: Microsoft 1) wants to check out the patch data 2) you can only drop X amount of patches in a year and 3) the patch needs to be a certain size or it'll be DLC (4 megabytes or less? Really?) Sony 1) just wants to make sure the shit runs Bethesda 1) are actually working to take care of things, even the PS3 version being a mess

Seeing as the last patch introduced more problems than it fixed I don't think MS signing off on patches helps much.

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#43 Posted by steelknight2000 (514 posts) -

@Crixaliz said:

My character got hit with a couple of arrows and the one that went right through is his head isn't fading away.

Switched the console on/off, tried using different helmets, fast travel and sleeping but it refuses to go away!

Some arrows you get hit with are added to your inventory. Have you tried dropping it?

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#44 Posted by Zelyre (1769 posts) -

@Buckfitches said:

PS3 owners got completely shafted in the process. They should be held somewhat accountable.

Well, by this logic, Batman is no longer a contender for GOTY since it doesn't work on the PC.

Which means Saint's Row 3 wins and... I'm cool with that.

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#46 Posted by Little_Socrates (5844 posts) -

1.3 fixes the spell resistance stuff from 1.2, right?

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#47 Posted by thebazel (66 posts) -
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#48 Posted by PrixDante (34 posts) -

When I cast my conjuration storm thrall, I only get the potent version. I'm @ 100 in conjuration.

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#49 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -

@Gabriel said:

@Yanngc33 said:

How can a game that's busted on the PS3, has issues on the 360 and has technical glitches caused by updates be a GOTY contender?

Probably because it feels like it was a weaker year for videogames.

How about Portal 2? That game is perfect!

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#50 Posted by Undeadpool (6008 posts) -

@damnable_fiend said:

"Version 1.3 comes after version 1.2"

whoa whoa whoa, what

Glad I'm not the only one who chuckled at that.

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