Guess what all you PS3 owning Skyrim fans, you’re about to hit a wall! Best of all, it’s an unavoidable wall. While Skyrim may be playing perfectly for you right now, that is about to change. Apparently, the save file is a ticking time-bomb on your console.
Allow me to explain. The save file found in Skyrim is like the one used in other Bethesda games. That is, it is continually growing. It doesn’t just stay at some fixed size like 1mb, 2mb or even 3mb. No, that would be convenient! The Skyrim save file is hungry for your hard drive and has been known to grow past the 6mb issue.
You’d think that’d be no big deal. I mean, PS3 hard drives are now at least 160gb, and even the oldest and smallest ones are still 20gb. Well, the larger that save file is, the more lag PS3 players will encounter. Multiple outlets and the official Bethesda Softworks Forums are filled with tales of woe from people whose save files have grown past the 5mb point. At that point, it becomes impossible to complete quests, talk with NPCs and so on.
Now, I’ve been playing Skyrim on the PS3 and haven’t encountered any lag yet. However, my save file is also still under 4mb. All reports state that the lag kicks in after your save file hits the 5mb mark. So I guess all of us PS3 owners have something to look forward to in the coming days and weeks!
While PS3 owners will have to wait, hope and pray for a patch that will fix this problem entirely, there are two things that can be done to make the lag more bearable. One is to turn off the autosave feature in the options, to stop the constant save-file growth. The other is to turn off and restart the PS3 after an hour of play. That second one is just so convenient!
Know what I really wish? I wish that companies would just make a game completely playable at launch. I don’t care if it means we get it a few weeks, maybe even a month late. Just make a game that doesn’t have game-breaking glitches and require constant patches. I mean, if it could be done as recently as the GameCube/PS2/Xbox era, then it should be able to be done now. Especially in this case, because a save file issue like this had to come up during the testing period. I mean, this same issue came up with the PS3 versions of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It’s part of the reason I even stopped playing New Vegas!