Posted on November 17, 2011, Phil Hornshaw Bug Infestation: PS3 Players Reporting Increasing Framerate Issues in Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim might be on-pace to pull down $450 million worldwide for its launch, but lots of players are finding the game is a buggy experience. The latest issue seems to be limited to PS3 players and is related to game saves as they increase in size — players in Bethesda’s official Skyrim forums are reporting that as their game saves get bigger, Skyrim’s framerate starts to suffer.
As some users in the forums are pointing out, game saves generally don’t get up larger than a megabyte or two. Skyrim players are seeing saves getting up to 5MB, however, and apparently around that time, the framerate starts to suffer pretty significantly, and interactions with NPCs stop working or become intermittent. Basically, it’s a game-breaking bug.
What’s worse is the possibility that this sort of thing isn’t news to Bethesda. Similar bugs were reported by Playstation 3 players with Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, although Skyrim is supposed to be built on Bethesda’s entirely new Creation engine, rather than Fallout’s Gamebryo.
It appears there might be (something of) a workaround until Bethesda rolls out a patch for PS3 players — restart your PS3. The longer Skyrim plays and the further players get into the game, the worse the issue becomes, it seems. It may also help to turn off the game’s autosave feature.
Bethesda has said it’s working on a patch for the game for all platforms. Hopefully this gets ironed out soon.
If you’ve got another way of keeping Skyrim running on PS3, let us know in the comments.