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Skyrim 1.7 patch slows Dawnguard for PS3

The days couldn’t go any slower for gamers counting the days until Skyrim Dawnguard finds its way to the PS3 platform, and considering the exclusive with Microsoft is meant to be 30 days then that made it easy to work out a release date for Skyrim’s first DLC on PC and PS3, which should mean a launch on July 26. We touched on this in an earlier article with a countdown timer that has just 2 days and 4 hours to go at the time of writing.

Following on from looking at Skyrim patch 1.7 and fixes needed for both Dawnguard and the main game itself, we had a lot of feedback from players that either had some bugs to report or voiced frustration over exclusivity and the lack of problems being fixed in the original game.

We now know what is included in Skyrim patch 1.7 – thanks to a posting on the official Bethesda blog within the last few hours we now know the bug fixes, and the initial patch 1.7 release notes for PC beta. It is worth pointing out that Bethesda said these fixes are for all platforms unless stated otherwise. Xbox 360 exclusive fixes include a fix for Kinect-enabled dragon shouts, this is not for English versions of the game, and also improvements with 360 Kinect voice commands and the loading screens for add-ons.

You can see the full list of Skyrim bug fixes in patch 1.7 via the image below, and this beta update is currently live on steam for PC users. We welcome the stability improvements but wonder where the quest fixes are, especially considering many of our readers have reported problems with completing certain quests?

Skyrim 1.7 patch is a setback for Dawnguard on PS3 – considering the Xbox 360 had patch v1.6 around a month ago and the PlayStation 3 has never seen this update, then we should expect the PS3 to miss a version and jump directly to v1.7. It wouldn’t make sense to release one version to the PS3, as it’s needed for the Dawnguard DLC, and then another in a couple of weeks.

If we are to believe the next patch for Skyrim on PS3 is version 1.7, then you can expect that to land in around 1 to 2 weeks. This is because the PC has only a beta right now and when it finally gets submitted to the PS3 it takes another week or two for approval by Sony. This has been the pattern for many patches over the years, and also past Skyrim updates as well. Dawnguard will need a PS3 patch before you can play it, so taking everything into account we believe that the first Skyrim DLC won’t land on the PS3 for another week or two, which is later than the planned 30 day delay.

How would you feel if Dawnguard doesn’t land on the PS3 for another couple of weeks, which would be thanks to patch 1.7 being needed first?

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