Unless you have been living under a rock, it would be difficult to imagine not having heard about the various lag issues that have plagued the PS3 version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Despite some of the graphical issues that effected the Xbox 360 Skyrim version shortly after release, nothing prepared PS3 gamers for the unrelenting drop in frame rate as the file size of their save continued to grow.
Patch 1.2 was supposed to fix the issue (among other fixes), but broke many others, including magical resistances. PS3 users still were not seeing any improvement. Patch 1.3 addressed it to a certain degree, though the issue was not fixed in its entirety, with save game files approaching 9-10 megabytes still becoming nearly unplayable.
As reported last week, Skyrim patch 1.4 was supposed to finally fix "long term play optimizations for memory and performance (PS3)," and "general optimizations for memory and performance" (for all platforms). Strangely enough however, as the beta version of the 1.4 patch was released today on Steam for PC users, a line was added (and one omitted) from the 'bug fixes' section. The removed line was "fixed occasional issue with armor and clothing not displaying properly when placed on mannequin’s in player’s house (PS3);" and was replaced with something far more interesting:
"Optimized bookshelf script in player-owned houses that would occasionally cause active scripts to lag and also cause an increase to saved games filesize (PS3)."
It is refreshing that the developers have at least identified a cause for some of the PS3 lag issues, however crazy as it may sound to the common gamer (Bookshelves? Seriously?). Hopefully the patch, along with the general optimization fixes that Bethesda is addressing will allow PS3 players of Skyrim to get back into the game without having to worry about lagging frame rates and, heaven forbid, their growing book collections.
One further point of interest, however, is the now-removed line of armor and clothing not appearing on mannequins inside a player's house. For those who have not tried it, placing a piece of armor on the mannequin would essentially make the mannequin disappear on the PS3 version. We've yet to find an official answer to whether or not this issue is still being addressed or removed - so stay tuned to Game Rant as we try to get clarification.
Skyrim is available now for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
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Source: Tech Digest