Bethesda acknowledges PS3 Skyrim frustrations, pledges a "future" fix

Still experiencing problems with Skyrim on PS3? You're not alone, and Bethesda feels your pain. Following reports that last week's patch fell short of completely fixing lag issues on the PS3 version for all players, the studio posted a direct message to Sony fans asking for their patience and promising to continue working on a solution.

“While the 1.2 update fixed the long-term play issues for most PS3 users, we are aware that is not the case for some,” wrote Bethesda in its latest blog update. “We understand how frustrating it can be when your game is having issues, and we thank all of you for your continued feedback and patience. Rest assured we take your gameplay experience seriously and will continue working on this until it’s resolved.”

Update: At least this dragon seems to be flying in the right direction

According to Bethesda, the problem is not one giant bug, but a combination of problems arising from background autosaving, SPU AI updates, and the way the game is saved in the PS3's 'dynamic system memory allocation'. Unfortunately, the incoming 1.3 update will not take these issues into account, however Bethesda did pledge to address them in “future ones”.

Last week, former Fallout New Vegas coder Joshua Sawyer perked ears on Bethesda's forum when he chimed in on the PS3 woes, pegging Skyrim's problems on console's divided memory system and its inability to properly manage the massive amounts of ever-shifting gameplay data for extended periods of time. Today, Bethesda's VP of marketing Pete Hines debunked Sawyer's analysis, tweeting, “Josh Sawyer did not work on Skyrim nor this engine and his comments don't reflect how the current tech works....he brings up issues we solved long ago.”

If it is a hardware issue, and if Bethesda truly conquered it “long ago”, Bethesda's forums wouldn't be flooded with frustrated PS3 dragonborn who still live in fear of stalling out in the middle of a mudcrab battle – or worse still – are reporting even more glitches following the latest patch. In its original update, Bethesda promised to be more careful with its updates when it begins rolling them out in earnest this January, noting, "Thanks again for your continued support and patience. We truly have the best fans in the world, and we couldn’t do it without you."

That's nice and all, but judging by the rising PS3 backlash, next time they might have to.


  • Jaces - December 28, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    This was the main reason I bought Skyrim for PC instead, that and elder scrolls always felt odd on consoles....that and the massive amounts of mods :D
  • fang-dragon - December 26, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    oh sure they feel our pain, i've been longtime fan of them. All they're doing in my opinion when they made Skyrim, is testing it on the xbox then just porting it to the PS3 saying "oh since its good here, lets just copy and paste it in there, change a few things and it be a best seller!". i think they're just hating PS3 users.
  • lancevance821 - December 19, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    I'll wait for the game of the year edition. hopefully they will have their shit together by then.
  • karaokematt - December 20, 2011 1:52 a.m.

    Be careful what you wish for. The Oblivion GOTY edition on PS3 still has the bloodgrass glitch to this day meaning if you turn into a vampire and want to get the cure, you're screwed. They said you can still complete the game as a vampire which is why they didn't fix it and was a big "fuck you" to PS3 owners. And that came out in 2007. Seriously Bethesda either doesn't give a shit about the PS3 or they're just lazy, or both. I could let all that go if Skyrim wasn't even worse than that. I can't focus the Oculary to move on in the Mages Guild, and there's a glitch with learning the Clear Skies shout, I can learn it, but you can't move on because the letters don't disappear off the ground which means the main quest is dead. So far I'm well in over 100 hours. And to add insult to injury this game got Game Of The Year. It's definitely badass, but when I learned they sent the reviewers the 360 version only, that's when I got really fucking pissed. That shows that the team at Bethesda knew they fucked up on the PS3. A slap in the face would have been better than them spitting in your face with this bullshit. If they released a Game Of The Year Edition I'd rob a Gamestop and use them as toilet paper.
  • Unoriginal - December 8, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    Patches in January? Damn, I was going to play this over the christmas break. I've already sunk some 20 hours into the game and have already noticed considerable slowdown on the PS3. I guess that teaches me not to buy Bethesdas products so soon after release. Still, if they fix it in January that means they took two months to fix experience ruining bugs that around a third of their PS3 playerbase is suffering. That is just sloppy work.
  • etcetcetc - December 7, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    It might be unrealistic to have every website review every version of a multiplatform game, I'm not going to argue the merits of that. But how about this for a reasonable compromise? Mention the fact that the game was only reviewed on 360 - and that Bethesda didn't send out review copies of the game for PS3. Because, come on, the fact they didn't should have immediately raised suspicion w/ every website and magazine involved. I don't think it's unreasonable to have gaming critics write a brief intro saying: "We only reviewed this for 360, no copies were sent for ps3, bethesda is known to have bugs, take of that what you will"
  • boondocks50 - December 7, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    theres still texture issues too
  • Thanadros - December 7, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    Pfft... Thats nothing! I bought it for PC and have not been able to play it for more then 5 mins without it crashing to a black screen and requiring me to do a hard reset. Month later.... Patch 1.3..... Still not fixed.. And I'm not the only one. The Bethesda forums have over a thousand replies in a thread asking for crash details. This game never should of been released when it was. I officially hate Bethesda. Ps. I have a Quad intel 2.5GHz processor and a Radeon HD 9850 Graphics card. I even reformatted my computer and re-installed windows to no avail.
  • cL7oud hero - December 7, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Giving skyrim GOTY is like giving the Pulitzer prize to a guy who has a great idea for a book. This game is broken at it's core and it seems bethesda gets away with this every time. Once bugs are a part of the experience as some people have said than you need to re evaluate what you want from a game. This game and SRT3rd should note be contenders for any award except perhaps sandbox GOTY
  • ryoishibashi - December 7, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Betheseda always releases buggy games, it's no surprise really that the PS3 version is so bad (Fallout 3 anyone). In the meantime Betheseda will make promises while they have your money in hand.
  • jackthemenace - December 7, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    They're games ARE Buggy as hell, but, I'm going to be a Bethesdrone here, and say that even though it's NOT OK and justified, they DO still make damned good games. Oblivion and Skyrim, as well as Fallout 3 and Vew Vegas, are some of my favourite games of, literally, all time, and I think part of that is because I know that at any moment, a huge, gamebreaking glitch could destroy everything- and so I appreciate everything while it's working perfectly all the more. I had the ED-E glitch in New Vegas, which was crippling when it came to achievements and DLC, but now it's fixed, I enjoy the game more than I ever have.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - December 7, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    I have Skyrim on the PS3 and have played it for over 150 hours and have only suffered 3 system freezes. They suck but compared to Fallout 3 GOTY edition it seems acceptable. What is totally unacceptable is the framerate and terrible, abysmal performance. I'm lucky to get around 20 fps and that is when I first start up the game. After an hour the framerate is struggling to get into the double digits. I have to keep restarting the damn game every hour to make it playable. It is a complete embarrassment on Bethesda's part. I fully agree with db1331 when he states that reviewers and gaming sites also have to take responsibility for their actions with regards to review scores being posted for Skyrim when they either did not play the PS3 version or did not play it as a real review. Note to all review sites: If you don't review the PS3 version of multiplatform games then don't post a PS3 review. This copy and pasting the 360 review is dishonest and deceptive. The copy and paste technique is acceptable if both games are played to completion and are functionally identical but don't play one version and then assume that the other version is the same because the publisher says so. Guess what game journos, publishers lie!!! They say every game of theirs coming out is the best thing ever and do always you believe it? Why would you take the word of people who get paid to lie to you when your credibility is on the line? Are reviewers really that lazy? What do you call it when someone spends a small amount of time with a game and tells others about their experiences with that game? Answer is a preview. Except when dishonest game sites somehow lose the "p" in preview and falsely call it a review in order to get them some of those sweet sweet clicks. Despicable yet all too often standard practice.
  • db1331 - December 7, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    I feel your pain. That completely sucks. You seem to know and care a lot about fps and performance. If you like these types of huge open world games, the best advice I could give you is to build a PC. You can pay one off at Newegg for less than you spend on your cell phone each month. I've had 3 crashes in 75 hours of play. Even those aren't a big deal, because I'm back in the game and playing again in less than 20 seconds. A lot of PC players are seeing over 100fps indoors, and 45-60 outside. And this is without any proper video drivers yet. It's only going to get better. I know I talk a lot of shit on here about console games, but Skyrim is seriously like a completely different game on PC. BethSoft haven't even released modding tools yet, and look what people have already come out with: Imagine stepping out into a Skyrim with those textures, running at more than double your fps, in full 1080p (or higher), AA, HDR, and with no load times. You walk up to a door, press E, and you're inside. I promise anyone on this site. A few hours with Skyrim on PC, and you would hate going back to the console. If you are serious about huge, open world (Bethesda) games, get a PC. That's not trash talk or smugness, just God-honest advice.
  • yasmarc - December 7, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Holy bejeezus those textures are incredible! I was a long time PC player but switched to Xbox a couple years ago because all my friends had one. The ease of use is nice and not dicking around with settings is alright, but I do miss being able to upgrade different things and squeeze more out of my games. And if there is a problem then your up shit creek without a paddle cause YOU can't fix anything serious. Might be time to get a new PC muh hahahaha! I've got no idea what's good anymore though....
  • db1331 - December 7, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    You should see them in game. I have those textures and this realistic water mod, and any time I pass by a beach or stream, it's impossible to not stop for a minute to admire the view:
  • yasmarc - December 7, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Time to start saving. I'm thinking $800 will get me close enough to that quality. Got some friends in IT jobs that love building up new comps. Hardest part will be convincing the woman.........
  • Crabhand - December 7, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    I would have to agree with you here. I played Morrowind and Oblivion on consoles, but I decided to get Skyrim on PC because I actually have a decent rig to handle it. The differences are... quite noticeable. I've watched a friend play on 360, and the load times are downright atrocious compared to what I've experienced. People don't often take the advice of PC players because of a perceived (often real) elitism, but for certain games it really is beyond comparison. If anyone is spurred to give PC gaming a real try due to these issues, I'm certain they won't be disappointed. I just hope Bethesda can fix the issues PS3 players are experiencing soon (and properly), because the game is definitely worth the time and money when running properly.
  • HamsterGutz - December 7, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    Lol, sorry for releasing a broken game, we'll fix it eventually.
  • mikeylawson - December 7, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    I have Skyrim. I've racked up a ridiculous number of hours on my PS3 and haven't encountered any problems other than the occassional freeze. And all RPGS are going to freeze a few times. It was definitely worth the money.
  • samsneeze - December 7, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Lol, what?

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