Skyrim Patch 1.3 Now Available on Xbox 360

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim update 1.3 has finally been released for Xbox 360.  After over a week of waiting since the release of the 1.3 patch for PC, console users should begin to get the update – at least the Xbox 360 version.

According to Bethesda the latest update is now on Xbox LIVE and available for download. This update was approximately one hour ago so if you haven't yet received it, be patient and it should roll out on your machine soon.

As for PS3 users, the 1.3 patch is still not available.  And your guess as to why it's still not out is as good as anyones.  Bethesda confirmed over a week ago that the patch had been submitted to Microsoft and Sony for certification.

"It's currently in the hands of Sony.  As soon as it's up, we'll let folks know."

The 1.3 patch for consoles is similar to the PC version.  It should fix the magic resistance and backwards flying dragons, among other things.  The full patch notes were made available on the Bethesda forums.  The following notes are for all platforms, unless specified.

  • General stability improvements
  • Optimize performance for Core 2 Duo CPUs (PC)
  • Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles
  • Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly
  • Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes
  • Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading
  • Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate

Unfortunately the 1.3 update won't fix the long-term lag issues for the PS3 version.  Bethesda admitted, "Right now we know it’s not one thing, but a combination of smaller ones that some folks are seeing, but others are not. Some seem to be the PS3 autosaving in the background (you can turn that off), some may be SPU AI updates, and some may relate to dynamic system memory allocation."

They did offer a glimmer of hope for those plagued by lag on the PS3, however.  Bethesda has said they plan on releasing "regular updates for the game through full title updates, as well as "incremental gameplay updates" to fix whatever issues come up along with rebalancing portions of the game for difficulty or exploits."

If you have received your Skyrim 1.3 update on Xbox 360, let us know if you encounter any problems.