Skyrim launched with its fair share of bugs and glitches, but none has been as devastating as the PlayStation 3’s save file problem. In short, the size of Skyrim’s save file and the way that file interacts with the PS3’s architecture create a situation in which the system struggles to keep up with your ever-expanding save, eventually dragging gameplay into a slow, laggy mess.
Bethesda attempted to fix the issue earlier this month, but many users are still experiencing the same issue. And while there’s no official fix to the problem (one could still be weeks away), there are a few things that have been reported to help alleviate the symptoms.
If you’re having trouble with Skyrim on your PS3, here are a few things you can try to make it run more smoothly:
Clear Space on Your Hard Drive: This is only effective if you wipe several gigabytes of installed games and is not guaranteed to positively impact Skyrim’s gameplay. Only test it if you’re not worried about re-installing games.
Turn off Auto-Save: Turning off the auto-save function helps keep your overall save file size down, but probably won’t change issues you’re already experiencing. Still, it’s worth a shot.
Control Your File Size: Skyrim keeps track of everything you do, from leaving doors open to moving fruit around your house. Do what you can to leave the environment as undisturbed as possible and you’ll keep your save file down to a more manageable size.
Restart the PS3: No guarantees here either, but some players report that a quick restart can help limit frame rate issues for long play sessions. Always worth a shot, right?
What’s really amazing about this problem is that it somehow made it into the final version of the game. It’s astounding to think that no tester at Bethesda put enough time into the PlayStation 3 version to hit a bug that’s apparently affecting a very large sampling of the user base. Then again, you can’t always catch everything, right?
Let us know if you have troubles with your Skyrim install, and if any of these solutions help. In the meantime, how should Bethesda make this up to customers?