Save Skyrim on PS3 and break the game

Posted on November 17, 2011 - 12:40pm by Sean Hinz

It is rare that a game played offline would experience lag, but Bethesda has found a way to do it in Skyrim. Apparently on PS3 copies of the game, if your save file exceeds 5-6 mb on the PS3 hard drive, it slows the game to a crawl. This bug keeps you from interacting with NPCs or completing quests. Ex OPM UK, Editor Tim Clark has a experienced this himself and had this to say.

“I first started encountering serious lag at around the 25-hour mark, and since then it’s been the same: I boot up, play for an hour or so, then the framerate gets choppier until I ultimately need to restart the PS3. I’d actually already noticed that the file was creeping up in size every time I saved”

So it would appear that the issue stems from the size of a save file. A save file will continue to increase in size as a player spends more time in the world completing quests and growing as a character. The work around appears to be turning off the auto save feature, but I would think that would be worse. I can only imagine forgetting to manually save and losing hours of content. Bethesda tweets they are "continuing to work on an update for all platforms to address issues".

Never have I been so happy to have an Xbox 360 copy in the office. Also, don't forget to check out our review of Skyrim.

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