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.