It looks like that the texture issues we told you about a few days ago are actually quite a serious problem with Xbox 360 copies of Skyrim. Bethesda has now confirmed the issue in an official statement, adding that a patch update is definitely on the way. For those of you with any version of game – how bad are the graphics really for you?
We have seen a lot of complaints about textures disappearing and not loading up, but then we have also heard that many of you are having no problems with the game at all. Firstly, here is the official word on the issue from Bethesda which they posted to the official Skyrim boards:
“We’ve seen a few reports of certain textures temporarily scaling down on the Xbox 360, and not scaling back up. We have verified that this issue does not occur when playing off the disc and when the game is fully cached (not installed). Skyrim makes heavy use of the Xbox 360 caching system, and caches over the normal course of play while in menus or interiors. This cache can be wiped when other games are played or when the user manually removes it. We’re working on a solution in the next title update for those who have installed the game.”
As you can see, that confirms previous rumors that the texture issue is specifically related to the Xbox 360 version of Skyrim that has been installed to the hard disk drive. We labelled this as a rumor earlier this week, but it now looks to be confirmed. Bethesda reminds everyone that those playing the game on disc are not affected by the texture problem, but a patch update will be coming in a title update for those that already have the game installed.
We don’t want to be picky here, but should Bethesda have really tested this kind of problem before the game came out? They should have known that a lot of Xbox 360 users will install the game to their hard drives as it’s a very common thing to do these days. As a result of this, the game looks far worse than the PS3 and PC versions when installed, as evident in this PS3 Vs Xbox 360 graphics comparison.
If you have the Xbox 360 version or indeed any version of Skyrim, let us know your opinions on the textures problem. Is it really as bad as some people are making out or not?
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