360 Skyrim texture issue fix incoming

Bethesda Softworks commits to resolving graphics bug in Microsoft console version of latest Elder Scrolls game; timeline TBD.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim launched today to high praise from critics. However, Bethesda Softworks' latest action role-playing game isn't without bugs, and one related to low-resolution textures on the Xbox 360 seems to have slipped through.

Skyrim could look better or worse depending on whether it's installed or not.

In a post to Bethesda's official forums, a company representative recognized that the Xbox 360 version of Skyrim loses graphical fidelity when it is installed to gamers' hard drives. The representative noted that the issue revolves around the game's "heavy use" of the system's cache and that when playing off the hard drive, high-quality textures fail to load on occasion.

The representative said that Bethesda plans to include a fix for this bug with the game's next title update. However, the studio has not yet established a date for this patch. Until then, the studio recommends gamers not install Skyrim to their Xbox 360 hard drives.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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jamesm7786
jamesm7786

@strothers101 Have all of those, and you have yet to see trolling :D

taddia
taddia

i just want em to solve the gameplay bugs, like treasure chests not spawning even if u have the treasure map ^_^

IanFrederick91
IanFrederick91

@guys complaining the games too easy - it depends on your class, i find the easiest way to play as going heavy armor, block, one handed, smithing, and just maxing out those 4, but even so, the game does have its hard battles, id say between level 20-30 is the hardest part, because once you hit 20 everything jumps to an unexpected challenge, and once you hit 30 you have the skill and knowledge to handle it by then, im now playing a mage and its very easy until im outnumbered, if ur under level 15 and want a challenge try fighting a dragon priest

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@godzillavskong The Crysis 2 DX11 and texture patches were only for the PC. I had one HD 6950 at the time and it handled the game easily but after the patch I noticed some slow down. So I bought another card and unlocked them both to 6970's. Skyrim looks great if you don't analyze the graphics up close. It's definitely a game that is to be taken in as a whole. Having to start from scratch is a bit infuriating but I had that experience in Morrowind as well and eventually everything was fixed. One thing I like about Bethesda is the support for their games. I emailed my save to them so hopefully they'll find the problem and I can complete the quest. That's what I'm waiting on before attempting a restart.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Snaptrap Just curious, that high res texture and DX11 capability patch you speak of wasn't for consoles right? I'm not a tech geek but I thought the 360 wasn't capable of DX11 support?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Snaptrap You are probably right on that. I wonder why they don't release a beta for big single player titles like this? Or maybe they did and I'm just not aware of it, but it seems like that would have caught some of these glitches.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@godzillavskong One of my characters that I spent most of my time on got a main quest glitch which Bethesda tried to help me fix but ultimately suggested a restart. A game doesn't get anything over a 9.0 with glitches like that. I shelved the game until I feel it's safe to restart with a few patches. Experience a glitch like that and I'm sure your view would change.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I hope they release a high-res texture and DX11 capability patch like Crytek did for Crysis 2.

MisterFalcon
MisterFalcon

50 + hours of gameplay, and guess what...I am still in awe on how amazing the landscape looks. Love this game.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@darckdeth Yeah, I have a 08 model, with a 120gb hard drive, and I usually just install the game I'm currently playing, then delete it once I'm finished. I was thinking of getting the 250gb hard drive, but I think I'll just go ahead and wait til the Star Wars limited 360 comes out. That console looks sick! I could care less about the game.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I've seen my share of glitches and guess what, I still think the game is a 9.5-10!!!

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

@doktron - I do, way too easy- and leveling at record speed. Agreed.

doktron
doktron

does anyone else find skyrim (PC) too easy?I seem to be killing human enemies with one or two hits with a regular steel sword on the highest difficulty. I know I m good, but not that good.

Odins_Fury
Odins_Fury

I have the 360 version as well as the PC version. The PC version looks a little better on High settings, but not much. On the 360 I notice no difference between installing it on the HD or playing off of the disc as there are low quality textures either way for me.

hombreg1
hombreg1

so if i install the game, i'll evade the overheating problem. weird, played many games for many hours and never had that issue...

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

Can they fix the glitch (or what seems to be one, anyway) where projectiles--arrows in particular--stay stuck on your body until you get hit by more projectiles? That would be great--that's really the only apparent glitch I've experienced so far.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@EVIL346, Yeah, the music is wonderful and complements the game perfectly.

darckdeth
darckdeth

to the person saying why install it. well the answer is simple installing your games helps keep 360 cool and it increases the life cycle of console and with a game as massive as Skyrim it smarter to install the game even though most of us do have "Slims" we are logging in massive play time which not installed has a higher chance of leading to overheating issues.

strothers101
strothers101

@jamesm7786 Yeah true... just like you should stop trolling and get a job/girlfriend/life.

fallatio
fallatio

haha, has anyone else noticed the bug for when your smithing at the forge? just watch what your characters doing closely next time you go to the forge ;) still my favorite game ever though

Tormentor-1000
Tormentor-1000

I couldn't really tell the difference...Still looked good even after the install...but enough talk I gotta get back on this game

sh4d0wc4st3r
sh4d0wc4st3r

this actually came as good news to me. what i thought was an amazing game is even better

EVIL346
EVIL346

So what's wrong with playing it from the cd lol!!! we never complained from it before just play the game from the cd and enjoy it you don't need to install it the xbox 360 owners with the slim edition won't notice anything in performance or noise, yes the older 360's do make noise but just pump up the volume lol!!!! and listen to the best music ever in a video game

fillup0
fillup0

I noticed this, but the game is still beautiful to look at regardless of this. Even if the graphics were terrible in Skyrim, the game looks great anyway.

D4rkside99
D4rkside99

Ironicaly the worst texture in skyrim is the snow! when its on rocks and you get close up to it anyway. didn't realy bother me too much tho Skyrim is DON!

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

@Soothsayer42 : I don't care about hype or trends. Only people wanting to fit in care about that crap. I don't care about making a fool of myself obsessing over a game. There is no "trying" to wait a year. I will wait and pay much less. It's not a big deal, it's just a game.

brain20035
brain20035

@Ballock no. it was a day one patch for different fixes, but it didn't include this one.

dawil123
dawil123

@DarthVeng_basic i never sais the commonfolk was smart. meanwhile in tamriel.....

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@DarthVeng_basic dude the PATCH Only Need to install in few minutes in the upcoming weeks. whatever man... have fun trying to wait a year while others are hyping about it

TTDog
TTDog

So don't install it... it's all on the one disk, load times are tiny... not a problem.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

@Soothsayer42 : Your not understanding. If you wait for GOTY you don't have to patch it because the patch is already in the game. You don't have to deal with the glitches and problems from a new game, ones that are all together too common in Bethesda games. You don't have to pay for the DLC prices either. You get everything all in one for much cheaper. I wait. I don't waste my money.

jamyskis
jamyskis

I think it's a bit of a shame that everyone seems to be obsessed with the "day-one or bust" mentality. I usually also wait for the GOTY edition with all of the DLC to come out, because otherwise you will be spending far too much money. That being said, I did on this seldom occasion buy the PC version on release day. Whether I buy the DLC or not or just wait for the PS3 GOTY version depends largely on the price of the DLC, as the GOTY version usually costs less than the DLC together.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@DarthVeng_basic nahh, the patch usually came in a few weeks or 1 month. more polished game in GOTY version? no. it will just be like the latest patch version... Go buy it now than having to wait a year...

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

@Soothsayer42 : And what is wrong with waiting for GOTY and not having to pay for the DLC, having a patched and more polished game?

supergp17
supergp17

Even though I have a PS3, I just had to get this on PC. I've got an HDMI cable hooked to my big screen and and old xbox 360 controller to play with. PC version looks fantastic and MOD support is already going despite the fact that the creation kit isn't available yet. Can't wait to see what people cook up for this bad boy.

DMWhiteDragon
DMWhiteDragon

@dawnofhero 3 crashes so far, but played 41 hours - not bad for a Bethesda game really heh. The much faster load times and way better textures on the PC are a huge plus (as well as the mods of course, but not many out yet only a few) so i'm more than happy - just quick save a lot ;)

bleat
bleat

I watched my wife play it for a while, the load times are not that bad without install. Beats muddy textures. Just turn up the volume loud enough to drown out the sound of your Airbus 360 optical drive. Or use headphones. :) As soon as the patch is released and it's proven to fix the problem I'll probably install the game to HD for her to reduce wear on the optical drive.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Too bad the game has so many bugs... I want to buy it for my PC, but apparently people are reporting multiple crashes/freezes among other bugs.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

hopefully this incoming patch will fix the other glitches as well

Ballock
Ballock

when i turned skyrim on the 12 nov(played offline the 11 nov) there was an update...was that this update?

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Thinking about this... I never installed any games to my 360 HDD. I had a 20GB and never wanted to pay the price to upgrade. Installing was not an option. I'm curious how many Xbox gamer's still have this problem or if Microsoft was successful in upgrading early most adopters...

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

It's nice that these issues can be fixed through patches on today's consoles.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@DarthVeng_basic but waiting for skyrim GOTY???? comeon

Leonardoutulien
Leonardoutulien

I´ve noticed the same issue in Arkham City. Anyone else ?

shabulia
shabulia

It's a great game but it isn't perfect. But they will fix what needs fixing. In the meantime, just enjoy it and watch as it gets better and better as the patches come through.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

@dawil123: So, essentially what your saying is people have no patience and "can't wait"? Pathetic. I wait for the GOTY editions and pay less, get all the DLC, and patched.

dawil123
dawil123

@DarthVeng_basic you're probably right but i have the pc version. and if i had the 360 version i dont think i could wait

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

Though I have it on PS3, and am not experiencing these "Long load times" and "Low FPS" that people are giving null rebuttals about, this just sucks. I'm tired of developers skimping on multi-platform games. Release it right day one, for everyone, or just nut up and push it back. You can't rush greatness (Which the game is) but little things like this DO detract from the experience. Small favor for Bethesda: DO NOT fix the "glitch" where when a giant kills me I fly 100+ feet in the air...that is just plain awesome =P

lowkey254
lowkey254

one day textures will be a dlc add on.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Hig1134 Or don't install it to your hard drive. Installing it to your PS3 could take quite a while. Both versions aren't without their bugs, so your comment is null.