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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 (opens in new tab) by Xbox 360 owners. While the game's day 1 patch (opens in new tab) 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.

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As you can see in the comparison shot above (here's the full video (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)), but at least when your textures get all de-veined and inhuman-looking (opens in new tab), someone's on hand to fix it for you.