PS3 Skyrim lag days may soon be over

Posted by Mike Luttrell

A recently released PC patch shows hopeful signs for those who have suffered on the PS3 version of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

Since its release, there have been complaints from users who say playing the game on PS3 results in severe lag that cripples gameplay and results in an annoying experience.

Based on posts on the game's official forums, it appears the problems begin with players progress through the game far enough that their save file size exceeds 6 MB.

The game has an auto-save feature, so what is most likely happening is that as the file grows in size, the constant re-saving has a draining effect on the performance of the game.

Turning off auto-save (which is on by default) seems to alleviate some of the pain, but gamers have wanted a more permanent solution.

Earlier this month, game maker Bethesda said it believed it found the source of the problem and that a fix was in the works.

Well, a PC patch was recently released and based on reports, it looks like it eliminated the error that was causing the problems on PS3.

However, patches for PS3 games need to undergo a whole certification process so it might still be a little while before the update is made available to the Sony console.

But the signs are good that those frustrating days will be a thing of the past.

Around 7 million copies of the game were shipped for launch, half of which were snatched up by consumers in the first 48 hours - an impressive feat for a game that is built for only the most hardcore role-playing game crowd out there.