Bethesda’s recommendations for a smoother Skyrim on PS3

With some folks still having trouble with the Skyrim‘s PlayStation 3 version — the patches haven’t removed the stuttering for all players — Bethesda’s given out a handful of suggestions on how to possibly alleviate the problem.

Of the options listed below, clearing hard space is already being reported as something that works. Keeping at least 2GB of space free is recommended.

  • 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.

You can go tinker around in your PS3’s safe mode as well but, as Bethesda points out on its forums, Sony doesn’t recommend this unless you’re having problems with the console itself as loss of data is a possibility. Read more about all that here.