Skyrim issues on PS3 have seriously spoiled one of the year's best games for many players, and publisher Bethesda is clearly on the defensive.
In its latest comments regarding the game's ongoing problems, PR and marketing vice president Pete Hines denied the recent PS3 Skyrim lag explanation offered by an Obsidian developer who worked on Fallout: New Vegas.
On Monday, New Vegas project director Joshua Sawyer, whose game seemingly ran on a similar base tech to Bethesda's epic RPG, told fans that Skyrim's problems on PS3 are likely "an engine-level issue with how the save game data is stored". He added: "We're talking about how the engine fundamentally saves off and references data at run time. Restructuring how that works would require a large time commitment."
Speaking on Twitter (via OPM), Bethesda's Hines said of the dev's claims: "No, it isn't true. He brings up issues we solved long ago.
"Josh Sawyer did not work on Skyrim nor this engine and his comments don't reflect how the current tech works," he added.
Hines also pointed to the following tips for improving game performance, which were posted on the Bethesda forums by a senior community manager:
As we continue to work on updates for PS3 (as well as Xbox 360 and PC), here are some helpful pointers that can help the game's performance.
Turn off auto saves. This can cause temporary stuttering since the PS3 saves these files in the background. This is most noticeable with large saves when fast traveling to a new area or entering a new area that auto saves.
Clear space on your hard drive. Skyrim makes heavy use of the hard drive, and freeing up space on here seems to help many people. Hard drive speeds also differ in PS3 models. Some users have reported increase performance by upgrading their drives.
Waiting for time to pass. Many things are running in the world depending on what quests you've done or places you have visited. Using Wait or Rest options, passing time will clear up some of these. It depends how long you wait, it may take up to 30 days for some items. Saving, resetting, and loading after this will have the largest effect.
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