PSA: You probably shouldn’t install Skyrim on Xbox 360

If you’re the type who installs every new game on your Xbox 360 to the HDD, you might want to hold off on doing that for Skyrim, at least if you want your textures to remain looking pretty.

Users are reporting that when installed to the hard-drive, certain textures throughout Skyrim can become low-res. According to Bethesda, this is apparently due to the game not remaining fully cached while installed, causing some textures to downscale over the course of play.

Bethesda wrote in a post on their forums:

“We’ve seen a few reports of certain textures temporarily scaling down on the Xbox 360, and not scaling back up. We have verified that this issue does not occur when playing off the disc and when the game is fully cached (not installed).

“Skyrim makes heavy use of the Xbox 360 caching system, and caches over the normal course of play while in menus or interiors. This cache can be wiped when other games are played or when the user manually removes it. We’re working on a solution in the next title update for those who have installed the game.”

So, there you have it. If you already have installed your game to the hard-drive, you’re advised to uninstall the game and clear your cache for a potential fix. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until Bethesda issues a title update.

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