Skyrim update live with PS5 and Xbox improvements

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A new Skyrim update is now live and ready to download on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. This latest patch won’t eat up much of your hard drive, weighing in at just under 200MB (at least on PS5).

The new update appears to focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S fixes following the recent release of Skyrim Anniversary Edition.  Here’s what’s changed according to the patch notes:

  • Added general stability fixes.
  • Addressed game crashing issue son PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
  • Addressed some texture issues.
  • Fixed audio-related bug.
  • Added performance improvements.
  • Other minor fixes.

What’s the difference between the Special and Anniversary versions of Skyrim? Skyrim Special Edition launched 5 years ago, including the base game as well as the Heartfire, Dawnguard, and Dragonborn DLC expansions. Bethesda is now giving away four major content packs including: Saints & Seducers, Rare Curios, Survival Mode, and Fishing. Together, these add plenty of new items and features to the core game. For more details on what these pack bring to the Skyrim experience, here’s a pretty handy blog.

Skyrim on PS5 – how to upgrade for free

Meanwhile, Skyrim Anniversary Edition has only just launched. Celebrating 10 years of frosty open world RPG antics, Bethesda has released Skyrim yet again for PC and consoles. Grabbing a copy of Anniversary – or upgrading from Special – will net you every piece of creation club content with more than 500 bits of DLC to scour through. Those on Xbox One or PS4 can also upgrade to Xbox Series X|S and PS5 respectively, for free:

Owners of Skyrim Special Edition or the Anniversary Edition on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S will receive a next-generation upgrade for the game. The upgrade will be free and optimize the game with enhanced graphics, faster loading times and more.

As Skyrim turns 10 years old, it leaves behind quite a legacy. We can sit here and joke about the various ports and re-releases we’ve seen over the years but, in truth, this is testament to the enduring influence this mighty action RPG has had. From a slew of indie studios and AAA developers, all the way up to Nintendo, many have tried to capture that same essence – that feeling of wonder when the tutorial stabilisers fall away and you’re free to explore a vast living world.

Since Skyrim, there has been The Elder Scrolls Online, Blades, and the announcement of The Elder Scrolls 6, Bethesda now being a Microsoft studio. Needless to say, a lot has changed, but we’re still excited to see where this landmark series will take us next.

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  1. Well, I remember I got it back then on the PS3, but was rather disappointed, mainly because Oblivion had a much better UI. Skyrim is probably not a bad game, but for me it was hidden behind an awkward interface and controls, so that I never really got into it. I also made another attempt a year back or so, but I gave up quickly. For Oblivion, on the other hand, I still got lots of fond memories.

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