If you have the PS3 version of Skyrim, it looks like there are still a fair amount of gamers who are experiencing lag related issues with the game, despite Bethesda sending out patch 1.2 / 2.01 to fix up the initial problem that officially crippled the game.
Fresh reports are now circulating that the problem still lurks deep inside the PS3 version of the game, although thankfully the problems seem to be less widespread following on from the patch update.
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We’ve heard that smooth gameplay once again returns to the PS3 version of the game after installing the update and passing the 6MB game save limit that first caused problems. However, after a few hours of continous gameplay, reports are creeping in that the lag problems return to the game and eventually become ‘unplayable’ again, unfortunately.
This problem has been verified by the guys over at CVG, who have cited information from ex-PlayStation Magazine Editor Tim Clark, who struggles to recommend the PS3 version of the game since the problems still exist after installing the 1.2 patch update. Here is a few quotes from CVG’s report:
”Initially, I was startled by how buttery smooth the framerate seemed having installed the patch,” Tim wrote. “It even held up fine when going into problem areas crowded with NPCs, such as Whiterun, or engaging in large scale scraps with multiple enemies out in the wild. I was a happy Sabre Cat. However, extended play later last night – and we’re talking a three hour session – saw the choppiness creep back in, until eventually it became unplayable again.”
Obviously that is a huge problem if it is happening to a lot of other gamers, but one other important aspect that may factor in these problems, is the lag may now be related to what PS3 system you are using, with whispers online stating that those with the fat PS3 model are more prone to running into problems – see the official Bethesda forum here for evidence of this.
Bethesda are putting the word out right now that Skyrim is up for G.O.T.Y, but we would like to see an end to these problems once and for all. Again, we understand that some of you may be having a problem-free game, but according to reports above, others are clearly not.
Are you experiencing the same problem as above? If so, are you running the game on a fat or slim PS3? We’ll update you if we hear any official word from Bethesda.