Skyrim Update 1.3 Now Available for North American PS3 Users

North American PS3 users are finally able to download The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim update 1.3 after Bethesda announced last night that it had begun rolling out the patch.

PS3 users in North America should now be able to download the new patch, after having to wait more about two days after the patch had released for Xbox 360 and PS3 Europe.

But if you are hoping the new patch will solve your long-term play lag issues, then you'll be quite disappointed.  Bethesda had already said this patch won't address the lag plaguing the PlayStation 3 version of the game.

For the most part, this patch fixes issues that were broken when the 1.2 update was released.  These fixes include:

  • 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

Bethesda has promised, "After the holidays, we’ll continue to release 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. We plan on having a lot of these, not just a few. Overall, you should expect updates to be hitting the PC and Steam earlier and more often, as that’s a process we control. Console updates will follow, as they must be certified and processed by those manufacturers."

This could explain why it took so long for the console versions, particularly the PS3 North American users to get their 1.3 update.  The PC version has had their update for over a week now.

Hopefully, future patches will address the lag issues.  Bethesda confirmed earlier that the issue was not caused by 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."

In the meantime Bethesda has offered tips that could improve Skyrim's performance on the PS3.