Bethesda call BS on Fallout dev’s claims. Suggest “upgrading drives” could improve Skyrim PS3 lag
Pete Hines, vice president of PR and Marketing at Bethesda, has refuted the PS3 Skyrim lag explanation by an Obsidian developer who worked on Fallout: New Vegas. Answering a series of fan tweets Hines spoke of the devs claims saying. “No, it isn’t true. He brings up issues we solved long ago.” Presumably then they’ve managed recreate the effect perfectly with the new engine.
He also clarifies Bethesda’s stand further by saying “Josh Sawyer did not work on Skyrim nor this engine and his comments don’t reflect how the current tech works.” Hines also offers up a work around. You know, like a bodge, which is posted on the Bethesda forums by a senior community manager and runs as follows:
As we continue to work on updates for PS3 (as well as Xbox 360 and PC), here are some helpful pointers that can help the game’s performance.
Turn off auto saves. This can cause temporary stuttering since the PS3 saves these files in the background. This is most noticeable with large saves when fast traveling to a new area or entering a new area that auto saves.
Clear space on your hard drive. Skyrim makes heavy use of the hard drive, and freeing up space on here seems to help many people. Hard drive speeds also differ in PS3 models. Some users have reported increase performance by upgrading their drives.
Waiting for time to pass. Many things are running in the world depending on what quests you’ve done or places you have visited. Using Wait or Rest options, passing time will clear up some of these. It depends how long you wait, it may take up to 30 days for some items. Saving, resetting, and loading after this will have the largest effect.