Skyrim players have reported that the promised patch for the PlayStation 3 version of the epic fantasy game is out now, bringing the game up to version 2.01.
Users on the Bethesda forum say the patch is 92MB and is live in some parts of Europe, including the UK.
An update is due for all three versions of the game. Last week Bethesda said the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 updates were in certification with Sony and Microsoft.
Bethesda PR boss Pete Hines said the patch will improve performance for "long-term play on PS3". This relates to a bug currently making the PS3 version unplayable for some. The bug occurs when save files exceed a certain size. After that point, the PS3 version suffers from lag and, according to some players, eventually becomes unplayable.
Impressions of the new patch are rolling in. "yeah it fixed it!!!" said user "kenTucky". "but they seem to have minimized the texture details..anyway it's not that bad though...I hope this runs this smooth after hours of gameplay.."
Skyrim on Xbox 360 suffers from a curious texture problem that sees performance drop when the game is installed to the hard drive.
The issue only seems to occur if you have the Xbox 360 version of Skyrim installed to the hard drive - a process that is entirely optional. In this case, the highest resolution versions of the textures appear to stall and not load, meaning you're not seeing the game at its best. If you remove the install, and run the game directly from the DVD, the best quality artwork returns to the game.