news\ Dec 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

PS3 Safe Mode Could Improve Skyrim Lag


Earlier today, Bethesda offered three ways to help the game's performance on PS3.  The tips were to turn off auto saves, clear spac eon your hard drive, and wait for time to pass.

While it's not guaranteed to solve the problem, they did inform us that they are receiving "positive feedback from folks that are clearing hard drive space."

According to their latest update, "having at least 2GB of free space will help the system emmory work with the PlayStation 3 hard drive more effectively.

"If you can free up more space than that, it’s possible you’ll have better results," they said.

In addition to those tips, they may have found another way to help with the performance.  The PS3's Safe Mode feature includes options that can help with memory fragmentation.  According to the community manager:

Restore File System. Attempts to repair all areas on the hard disk drive where files can be saved. Corrupted data may be erased, which can help performance.

If you choose not to enter Safe Mode, you can manually delete corrupted saves within the XMB menu. Go to Games>Saved Game Utility. Within the menu, delete any corrupted save files. These files can be created from Skyrim and other games when a game doesn’t save properly (shutting down the console before an autosave completes, etc).

Rebuild Database. Will help with memory fragmentation on the PS3 HDD. Note: Using Rebuild Database will erase messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. The content that is erased will not be recoverable.

It should be noted that Sony does not recommend using the Safe Mode options unless you are experiencing issues with the PlayStation 3.  Some of the options can result in loss of data.  So in other words, do this as a last resort and at your own risk.

The Skyrim 1.3 patch was just released on PC today, and submitted to Sony and Microsoft for approval.  Pending approval, it should be released later this week, but Bethesda has already said the recent patch will not address the lag issues.

In the meantime, I'd suggest using these pointerss to help solve the problems, at least temporarily while Bethesda works on a long-term solution.

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