Posted by John on December 8, 2011

Skyrim PS3 save issue workarounds suggested by Bethesda

If you suffering from the crippling frame-rate problem on the PS3 version of Skyrim, Bethesda has offered a number of workarounds to help alleviate suffering.

Among the suggestions are to turn off auto-save as “this can cause temporary stuttering since the PS3 saves these files in the background”.

Clearing space on your hard drive is also recommended, with 2 GB being the optimal amount. Some users have reported that upgrading the hard drive can have a positive effect.

Waiting or resting for up to 30 days can help clear up and reset any items you may have interacted with or actions you may have performed in the world, and “saving, resetting, and loading after this will have the largest effect,” Bethesda says.

Additionally, you can also enter the PS3’s ‘Safe Mode’ and ‘Restore file system’, which “attempts to repair all areas on the hard disk drive where files can be saved” and may delete corrupted data from the hard drive.

Alternatively the mode also allows users to access the ‘Rebuild database’ option, which helps with memory fragmentation and may also improve performance. Safe mode is not recommended however, as it could result in a loss of data.

It’s still not the definitive fix gamers are waiting for, but it’s something at least.



An Obsidian designer that worked on Fallout: New Vegas has said the lag problem is “engine-level issue” and that a Skyrim PS3 fix would require ‘large time commitment’.

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