Skyrim looks worse when installed to Xbox 360 HDD (for now)

If you're planning on rushing home and installing your new copy of Skyrim on the Xbox 360 you might want to wait a bit. Bethesda has announced it's working on a patch to fix texture issues reported by Xbox 360 owners. While the game's day 1 patch fixed a number of minor bugs detected between pressing and launch, one issue that made it through undetected is the texture scaling caused by the game's dynamic streaming when not running from the system cache. Or, in simpler terms, the game sometimes looks kind of weird if you install it, but that's getting fixed.

As you can see in the comparison shot above (here's the full video, if you've too much free time), some pretty noticeable texture pop-out can result from installing the game to the system HDD. Bethesda says it's “verified that this issue does not occur when playing off the disk and when the game is fully cached (not installed).” The developer promises it'll be remedying the problem in an upcoming patch for users who diligently sat through that agonizing install-bar, only to see performance the worse for it.

Skyrim players, it could be worse: not only is your dragon-filled fantasy game still freaking gorgeous (and 10/10 excellent), but at least when your textures get all de-veined and inhuman-looking, someone's on hand to fix it for you.


  • billy-wayne-culp - November 14, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    I have been playing this whole time off the hdd, damn.
  • D0n41d - November 13, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    Don't uninstall it to try to fix it if you already have a save game. Buddy of mine did that and lost about 20 hours of saved progress
  • samsneeze - November 11, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    I honestly thought something was amiss when I installed it last night. I just remember looking at it and going "Well, I guess it looks alright from far off..." Good to hear a fix is coming soon. reCAPTCHA: access toesnot
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - November 11, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    I KNEW IT!!! it looks terrible on mine which i installed! thank you for this! now i know to get rid of the install
  • boondocks50 - November 11, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    only on the xbox?
  • Triscuitable - November 12, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    PS3: Mandatory install PC: Hasn't been able to run games straight off the disc since Taco Bell kids meal games from 2002. Xbox 360: Jesus Christ it's a bloody fucking revolution.
  • taokaka - November 11, 2011 6:10 p.m.

    I installed the game as soon as possible so I've never seen skyrim's true look, I just thought all the people that previewed it were over hyping the graphics but if this is the case I must remove it from my hard drive.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - November 11, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Hahahaha! Someone's "ON HAND". GET IT?
  • Zepaw - November 11, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    I am in the habit of always installing games so thanks for the notice!

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