Skyrim Patch 1.4 Being Tested, Hopefully Fixes PS3 Lag

Skyrim’s 1.4 update is currently undergoing testing on all three platforms, the PC version will be released first and the console versions will be sent for certification next week.

As usual there is a huge number of fixes but it does include ‘Long term play optimizations for memory and performance (PS3)’. Hopefully this will be end of the horrific lag some players have experienced, it will be nice to have a working game two months after buying it.


The full list of fixes is as follows:


  • General optimizations for memory and performance
  • Fixed occasional issue with armor and clothing not displaying properly when placed on mannequin’s in player’s house. (PS3)
  • Improved compiler optimization settings (PC)
  • Long term play optimizations for memory and performance (PS3)
  • Memory optimizations related to scripting
  • Fixed crashes related to pathing and AI
  • Fixed crash in Haemar’s Shame if player had already completed “A Daedra’s Best Friend”
  • Fixed rare crash with loading saved games
  • Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line
  • Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian
  • Fixed issue where dragon priest masks would not render correctly
  • Fixed issue where quests would incorrectly progress after reloading a save
  • Fixed issues with placing and removing books from bookshelves in the player’s home
  • Fixed issue where weapon racks and plaques would not work correctly in player’s house if player immediately visits their house before purchasing any furnishing.
  • Fixed issue where the player house in Windhelm would not clean up properly
  • Fixed crash related to giant attacks and absorb spells
  • Fixed issue with ash piles not cleaning up properly
  • Fixed occasional issue where overwriting an existing save would fail
  • Fixed memory crash with container menu
  • Fixed infinite loop with bookshelves
  • Fixed issue where traps in Shalidor’s Maze would not work properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian versions
  • Fixed issue where transforming back to human from werewolf would occasionally not fail
  • Bows and daggers will display properly when placed on weapon racks


  • The Unusual Gem inside the Thalmor Embassy is now accessible after finishing “Diplomatic Immunity”
  • In “Breaching Security”, the quest token is no longer required to receive a fortune reading from Olava the Feeble
  • Fixed issue where Galmar would not complete Joining the Stormcloaks properly if “Season Unending” was an active quest
  • Fixed issue where starting “Season Unending” after finishing “Joining the Stormcloaks” would prevent “The Jagged Crown” from starting properly.
  • Fixed issue progressing through “Message to Whiterun” while “Season Unending” was still open would block progression for both quests.
  • In “Arniel’s Endeavor”, fixed issue where a quest journal would trigger multiple times
  • In “Forbidden Legend”, the amulet fragment can no longer disappear after player leaves a dungeon without taking it
  • Fixed rare issue in “Forbidden Legend” where killing Mikrul Gauldurson while sneaking would make his corpse unaccessible
  • In “The White Phial”, the phial can no longer disappear if player leaves dungeon without taking it
  • “The White Phial” will now start properly if player already has a briar heart in their inventory
  • Player can no longer get stuck in Misty Grove after completing “A Night to Remember”
  • Fixed issue where leaving Riften during “A Chance Arrangement” would prevent quest from progressing
  • In “Darkness Returns”, a door in Twilight Sepulcher will properly open if the player leaves the dungeon for an extended period of time before completing the quest
  • In “Under New Management”, if the player leaves the Oculory for an extended period of time after placing the focusing crystal and returns, the quest will proceed correctly
  • “Onmund’s Request” will now start properly if player has already found Enthir’s staff before receiving this quest
  • Fixed instance where Tonilia would stop buying stolen items and also would not give Guild Leader Armor
  • “Repairing the Phial” will start properly if player already has unmelting snow or mammoth tusk in their inventory
  • Finding Pantea’s Flute before speaking with Pantea no longer prevents her quest from updating
  • In “The Coming of the Dawn”, fixed rare instance where a quest object would spawn incorrectly on the Katariah during Hail Sithis
  • Fixed rare issue in “The Mind of Madness” where player is unable to equip the Wabbajack
  • Fixed issue in “Pieces of the Past” where Mehrunes Dagon’s Razor will not trigger properly if player leaves the cell for extended period of time before activating it
  • “Blood’s Honor” will start properly if you visited and completed Driftshade and an extended period of time passes before starting the quest.
  • Fixed rare issue where “Dampened Spirits” would not start properly
  • Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first
  • Fixed issue where killing guards in Cidhna Mine woud block progression for “No One Escapes Cidhna Mine”
  • Fixed numerous issues with “Blood on the Ice” not triggering properly
  • In “Blood on the Ice”, Calixto can now be killed if player owns a house in Windhelm
  • In “The Cure for Madness”, killing Cicero then resurrecting him no longer impedes quest progress
  • Fixed rare issue in “To Kill an Empire” where an NPC would fail to die properly
  • Clearing Knifepoint Ridge before starting “Boethiah’s Champion” no longer prevents quest from starting.

Source: Bethesda



  1. Plenny o’ fixes theeur. Hopefully this doesn’t backfire like patches tend to.

  2. Thank goodness. I do hope it works, my save file has just hit 10Mb & has become rather unplayable :/

    • A work-around for that is to “Hard” Save first, quit to XMB, and delete all the auto saves leading up to the Hard save you just performed. ALso change auto save options in menu to 1 of the 3 options instead of all 3. My file 16mb and hardly ever lags as I do that regularly

  3. OMG, that’s pretty terrible that the game released with that many bugs!! That might even be worse than Dead Island.

    • Problem is scale, not quantity. Would be interesting to calculate the volume of bugs to the time of 100% completion on all buggy games and see where it came out. When people are putting over 150 hours in with lets say 150 bugs, then might not actually be bad to games like Dead Island, or such like.

      • Yeah, I guess with a game this big it’s hard to find all the errors in testing. Some of them look like they shouldn’t have happened though!

      • I don’t know, I mean when the whole games focus is on dragons, it’s pretty easy to understamd how they missed backwards flying dragons ;)

      • Remember, it’s not always missed by beta testers, but marked as ignore or unfixable by programmers, or time restraints from above mean it has to go out before it’s finished, a lot of these were probably found quite a few times…

      • Oh. Not sure if that makes it better or worse!! :)

  4. Ah. glad they are fixing the unusual gem problem in the embassy. That was a right pain in the arse when I realised I’d missed it and would be forever carrying an undropable 20 of weight.

    • It was already possible to get it if you have a horse – that’s how I did it when I realised I’d missed it.

      • Serious? I never knew that. I knew there was a way if you used the shout that makes you sprint but never bothered to try it.

      • I used Shadowmere, but it should work with any horse.
        Guess this is spoiler-ish, but most must know by now:

        Basically you ride the horse to the edge of the railings (look for a suitable place where the railings are slightly lower) around the embassy and you can jump over, once in the courtyard the door to the *place where the gem is* should still be unlocked from the quest. (was for me)
        To get back out of the courtyard either jump back over on the horse or fast travel somewhere, the horse will follow :)

  5. Sounds like a good update to me. I’ll have to figure out a way of getting my PS3 online in these uni halls.

    • What’s the reason for it not connecting?

      If it doesn’t connect to PSN then you’ll still be able to get the patch.
      If you have to register each computer you use on your university network, which is what I had to do for Cardiff, you can fake your MAC address (Unique ID for the network port on each device) on your computer, so it looks like the same address as your PS3. Then you reregister the PC, and then the PS3 will work as well, at least for things like patches. Worked for me!

      • I’ll be honest, I’ve not even tried getting it online yet. I just know that other people have had problems. Cheers for the advice, I’ll be sure to come back to these comments when I get around to sorting it out.

    • I plugged my registered computer in to the ethernet, looked up the internet settings, then found the IP address, Subnet mask, router, DNS Server and some other stuff, then went on internet setting in the PS3 and punched it all in manually, took a little while, but worked. I get PSN, patches, demos, friends, all the stuff. A mate has the a 360 and it all works for him. We have to register computers to, I’m in Falmouth though.

      • What course are you on. I’m also there although I’m with Exeter/CSM.

      • Marine and Natural History Photography! You?

      • Renewable Energy.

      • Haha, I read that as Marine and Natural History Pornography!

      • ha, no, that’s only in my spare time.

  6. This is great news, my save file is now 8.5Mb and is starting to get pretty slow. I’ve not encountered some of those other problems but it’s good to know they’re being fixed.

  7. Cool, my was getting really hard to play, hopefully it doesn’t go wrong and makes it worst.

  8. I stopped playing Skyrim because of the lag and an increasing number of broken quests. Hopefully it’ll be worth giving it another go after this patch.

    • same here, would love to play some more.

  9. May patience to play the game when it’s been heavily patched may pay off.

  10. Will be able to start playing the game soon then, maybe. I fired it up when I got it, and it froze when trying to get out of the cart at the start, so I packed it in and fired up Assassins Creed Revelations instead. That’s done with now, so I might be persuaded to try again

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