Second Skyrim patch is needed to fix Xbox 360 texture issue

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Xbox 360 is running into some problems. These aren’t the usual game crashing, mission-breaking bugs we’re used to seeing in open-world Bethesda games. This time, it’s about texture scaling. Textures are what gives games more detail. Bethesda is aware of the issue and are currently working on a patch that will be released hopefully sooner rather than later.

The issue occurs when you install Skyrim to the Xbox 360’s hard drive. When Skyrim is being played this way, some of the game’s textures remained scaled down (i.e. ugly) instead of scaling back up (i.e. pretty).

Bethesda explained the situation on its forums.

“Skyrim uses a lot of dynamic streaming systems, including textures,” the statement reads. “We’ve seen a few reports of certain textures temporarily scaling down on the Xbox 360, and not scaling back up. We have verified that this issue does not occur when playing off the disk and when the game is fully cached (not installed). Skyrim makes heavy use of the Xbox 360 caching system, and caches over the normal course of play while in menus or interiors. This cache can be wiped when other games are played or when the user manually removes it. We’re working on a solution in the next title update for those who have installed the game.”

We don’t have an estimated time frame for the patch.

For now, keep Skryim off the Xbox 360 hard drive. You may have to deal with slightly longer load times and the super loud disc drive on older Xbox 360s, but it’ll be worth it.

Via [Bethesda Forums]

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  • bammer0934

    It looks terrible even off the disc! It must look HORRIBLE off the install. I am sorely disappointed.

  • chris

    I'd prefer if they fixed the constant crashing. I can't get through the first area because it crashes my xbox.

  • Benji

    What do you expect, it was developed for your bad hardware…. Now had it had been developed for PC….. zzzz

  • Daryn St. Pierre

    Tired argument is tired.

  • Yes

    True argument is true.

  • Noyeahnoyeah

    it's also been "verified" that the problem still occurs when playing from the disc, just not as frequent. I installed my copy of Skyrim simply because even when at the dashboard with Skyrim in the disc drive makes noises I'd rather it not, not for my ears sake but for the hardware's sake. BTW this is being written on my PC(HDMI) to 46" Bravia which is perfectly capable of running Skyrim, so take the elitist PC vs Console or whatever you guys hate this month or do you guys hate things on a weekly schedule? I can never remember as I've always had a "play and let play" attitude.