Skyrim 1.5 Update Hitting Consoles (Attn. PS3 Users)

Update for PlayStation 3 users: Some PS3 players have reported crashing issues when entering water. If this is occurring for you, you’ll want to clear the game data for Skyrim.

Quick update for console players. Skyrim’s 1.5 update is now available on Xbox LIVE and for PS3.

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the game. This week Todd informed me that the average Skyrim play time (across all three platforms) is 85 hours, and 30% of you have played more than 100 hours of the game. These are truly astounding numbers!

In the comings weeks and months, we’ll have some exciting news to share on the game. Stay tuned.

After the break, check out the features and bug fixes that 1.5 introduces for console players.



  • New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells
  • New kill moves and animations for melee weapons
  • Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value
  • Improved visual transition when going underwater
  • Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes


  • General crash fixes and memory optimizations
  • Fixed issue with Deflect Arrows perk not calculating properly
  • In “A Cornered Rat,” the death of certain NPCs no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Farkas would not give Companion’s quests properly
  • Fixed crash when loading saves that rely on data that is no longer being loaded
  • Followers sneak properly when player is sneaking
  • Fixed issue with weapon racks not working properly in Proudspire Manor
  • Arrows and other projectiles that were stuck in objects in the world now clean up properly
  • Fixed issue where “Rescue Mission” was preventing “Taking Care of Business” from starting properly
  • Fixed issue where certain NPCs would fail to become Thieves Guild fences
  • Fixed issue in “Diplomatic Immunity” where killing all the guards in the Thalmor Embassy before starting the quest would break progress
  • In “Hard Answers,” picking up the dwarven museum key after completing the quest, no longer restarts the quest
  • Killing Viola before or after “Blood on the Ice” no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Calixto would fail to die properly in “Blood on the Ice”
  • In “Waking Nightmare” fixed occasional issue where Erandur would stop pathing properly
  • Fixed issue where letters and notes with random encounters would appear blank
  • Fixed rare issue where dialogue and shouts would improperly play
  • Lydia will now offer marriage option after player purchases Breezehome in Whiterun
  • Fixed issue where if player manually mined ore in Cidhna Mine, jail time would not be served
  • Fixed rare issue with skills not increasing properly
  • Fixed issue where the Headsman’s Axe did not gain proper buff from Barbarian perk
  • In “A Night to Remember” it is no longer possible to kill Ysolda, Ennis or Senna before starting the quest
  • Fixed issue with the ebony dagger having a weapon speed that was too slow
  • Fixed issue with “The Wolf Queen Awakened” where backing out of a conversation with Styrr too soon would block progress
  • The third level of the Limbsplitter perk now properly improves all battle axes
  • Fixed a rare issue where Sanguine Rose would not work properly
  • In “Tending the Flames” King Olaf’s Verse will no longer disappear from explosions
  • Fixed issue with frequency of first person kill cameras
  • Underwater effects now display properly
  • Fixed issue where sun would not appear properly after fast travel

Reader Comments

  1. Any bug fixes being done about me dying for no apparent reason? I have the PS3 version and once I start playing my game, a couple minutes into gameplay, my health goes down and even when I pause the game, I still die. Please fix.

  2. I wish there’d be an update to quit and get new Companion quests. They want me to talk to a corpse, and complain that I havent gotten to it.

  3. Does anyone have experience with the 1.5 patch on the xbox helping to start Blood on the Ice, but not getting past the Viola Giordano step because she is dead? Even though it claims her death will not halt progression?

  4. Im having problems with the quest “The House of Horrors”, I cant find the person you need (Vigilant Tyranus) to start it.

    Ive done some research and looked into possible causes/fixes people have said online, it seems to be either the quest “A Night to Remember” interfering with it or just him simply not being in the location he should be.

    Nothing I have tried has worked and I still cant start the quest. It is the last Daedric I need to complete for an achievement, so if it could get fixed rather then me having to restart that would be nice.

    Its great to see you are still trying to crackdown on the bugs and trying to improve the game, your continued efforts are much appreciated.

    Thank you, and keep up the good work guys.

  5. BUG/GLITCH ??
    I have been playing SKYRIM on the XBOX 360 since Christmas, and am level 61, but now I’m at a standstill and getting very frustrated.
    I am doing the “The World-Eaters Eyrie” quest and reached the third puzzle door leading to SOVNGARDE, where the Diamond Claw is required to open the door.
    Initially the game was glitched where clicking on any of the rings did not have any effect, so I could not rotate them to complete the combination. I had the Diamond Claw in my inventory and when I clicked on the center ring, it tried to open the door, but of course without being able to set the combination, the door would not open.
    I did a bit of research on different forums and found that someone else had a similar problem with another door, and by going back to the last “room”, and then returning, they were able to get the rings to work.
    I tried that,and went back through the last door in Skuldafn Temple, and then back to the ring, and it worked! Sort of!!
    Now the rings rotate, and I was able set the combination to match the symbols on the claw (From top to bottem: Fox, Moth, Dragon), but claw does not open the door!
    I’ve tried going back through the last two doors, powering off/on the console, even tried loading up a saved game before coming into this room and going back out the doors, and then coming to the rings, which now work, but the door still does not open.
    The three rings not working until you go back out the last door is definitely a glitch which can be overcome but is something to look at in your next patch.
    Not sure what the answer is to the combination not working, but hopefully someone can come up with an answer, because I cannot go any farther in the game until I get through this door.
    BTW – great work on the kill cameras

    • Just a follow up on the problem with the door not opening … I loaded up an old saved game that took me back to Dragonreach where I restarted the World Eaters quest, worked my way back through to the door again, and this time it worked using the same combination.

  6. When are you going to fix the Esbern issue where he won’t open the door?? Game has been sitting on my shelf for two months because I can’t progress in the main quest. I have not heard of a patch thats been released yet to fix this.

  7. After downloading the latest patch i had the water bug, following bethesdas advice i deleted game data and update then i downloaded update again and re-installed game, now when i load game im falling and immediately dying and even when i manage to fast travel nothing changes. My game seems irretrievably broken. I need a fix asap

  8. Really Bethesda…. this is just pathetic now. Yet another patch has come through on the xbox 360 and still the glitch with the thieves guild Loud and Clear is still happening! It is says I complete the mission but then it never starts the next quest with me supposed to be going to see Maven. The quest just ends there and I can no longer continue to finish the thieves guild….

    This is the exact same problem I had even after the last patch and I know this is a common knowledge problem amongst gamers. You say you read these forum posts but now I know that is complete bull as if that was true then this problem would have been fully fixed. No matter how many times I reload from a save it will never allow the quest line to continue and there is no way I am restarting as I am close to 200 hrs in. This just confirms I will no longer be purchasing future games from Bethesda if this is the quality I can expect

    • yeah WTF? Its like buying a suit only to find a hole. you send it back to be “patched” only to discover that they missed or even made another hole on the suit. since when was it okay to release incomplete, not even half way done products into the masses bethesda? that’s not a reputation a company such ass yourselves should be associated with.

      • Hey, I love Skyrim and all the other elder scrolls, but this update was supposed to make the game more fun and less “buggy”. I have played a total of 105 hours, and the “bug” or “glich” I have freezes my game whenever I step into the water. Its been a few weeks since I lasted played because i was waiting for you guys to “fix” the bugs that was rendering me from playing the game… when i tried playing it yesterday i found a update and I got very happy because I thought the bug was fixed. Just to find out a worst bug to be created… When I followed your instructions to fix this bug I deleted the game save data and reinstalled the update then tried to play my saved data it said something like your played on a later version please play with the new version. so i got screwed twice… I will always like this game but im really upset, I have to start all over again. please fix this problem then just dont “try” to fix other things you’ll just make things worse… sorry if it sounds rude but its the truth.

  9. Whats with not being able to upgrade certain weapons? (i.e. the Nord Hero Bow)Seems like something simple to fix but its been ignored and ignored. Its probably thee most annoying hiccup I’ve encountered, excluding any fixed quest issues. The bow is awesome, but is worthless if you cant upgrade it.

  10. Is there a certain way to update the PS3 version – I am in the Uk booted up my PS3 last night and no updates?

      • i wouldn’t say this particular patch created any new bugs. at least i haven’t heard of or experienced any new bugs. its ignorant to say the patch itself if full of bugs.

          • My character, copy of Skyrim, and PS3, are all now deathly allergic to water. Wandering into a body of water now makes the character, game, and PS3 ALL stop working.

            I imagine this is from the “improved transition” From above: Improved visual transition when going underwater


            If by improved you were aiming for early, frustrated end to gaming for the night… well, I can’t imagine that being case as an improvement.

            Pantea’s Flute is stuck in inventory and the quest won’t update.

            Pick up the item from Calcemo– the people in the boat– they just say ‘you’re not supposed to BE in here’

            Sometimes, like taking the Falmer etching with charcoal, Alea will start saying ‘you’re not supposed to be in here…” CONSTANTLY.

            The chimarvanadium (sp?) I have a copy, but it does not register to give to the person who requested it.

  11. Hello, Quest items (Elder Scroll, books, etc.) cannot be dropped/stored/sold from the inventory since the 1.5 update was installed. The return of this bug is spoiling Skyrim for me. I can live with unwanted clutter in the inventory, provided no subsequent weight is added toward the carrying capacity. My style of play involves a realistic level of encumbrance. Please save my game. Thank-you for reading, V.

  12. In terms of the fluidity of game play, the latest update for PS3 is a success. That said, the “bug fixes” appear to be only for those who are willing to restart their game and create a new character. I contacted Bethesda regarding an issue with the Thieves Guild Quest (fences not available and the like) and here is the response I received:

    “Please, note any patches that are released are intended to fix the bugs or broken quest in the game, not the saved file itself. Try Waiting for time to pass in game.”
    and after more details…
    “If you continue to have problems please try starting a new game to get the best results from the patches.”

    Needless to say that is disappointing news for those of us who have spent countless hours already playing the game. For the record, I tried every single suggestion they offered and even suggestions from other forums to no avail. Also, I still get no “Lydia proposal” in my current game, which seems to indicate that my assumption is correct:

    The patches are of little use in correcting bugs that you’ve already passed by through quests or other means. The game flow (crashes, screen refresh, etc.) and visual improvements are nice but the frustrating bugs exist.

    I hope Bethesda can develop fixes that have some retroactive impact within a player’s current game.

  13. I noticed a bug when it comes to looking at the items in a chest. In Proudspire Manor (where it happened) I put ALOT of things in the bedroom chest. When I opened it up I zoomed in on one item, pushed LT (playing on xbox) and it switched to the next item. At first I thought of it as nothing, but as I kept switching through items Without zooming out till I reached the last, it got stuck. The game didn’t freeze, I just couldn’t switch back or exit the chest. I was trapped looking at a shirt. Naturally I panicked, until
    I pushed “X” to take EVERYTHING, and dumped whatever i didnt need back in. I never tried zooming in again after that. I hope you guys look into this. OH! Also, can you put in an organized menu for chests? Like Categorizing things like it does in the Inventory menu. Thanks.

  14. Gstaff/Beths

    I have an ongoing prob with my PS3 game,

    After completing japhet’s folly tower through the front door (taking the ship there, and NOT warping there) I noticed a cave entrance which intrigued me, so I went in, saving as I entered each room (as auto-save was switched off, following Beths advice from previous lag issues). When I got back into the castle, there was no door to leave by, and having saved as usual using my only save file, I’m now stuck in limbo, unable to leave.

    Please add a door or warp back into the cave, so I can go outside! Don’t want to have 80 hours of playtime lost.

    Thank you in advance


      • Is it me,or did Bethesda give up after Fallout 3? New Vegas = Garbage, Brink = garbage, Rage = garbage, Elder Scrolls = Garbage. They used to care about their customers, but now they say “We know our product is crap, but we are to busy to fix it because we are trying to make another garbage game.” Get your heads out of your butts, stop being LAZY and fix the game. You should stop promoting new games if you can’t fix the ones that are out.
        Show a little accountability huh?

  15. so I have to do the work for this sorry excuse of a patch you obviously rolled out without even testing? Hey I have an idea instead…how about I take this game and burn it and never play it again and make a video on youtube about how sorry your updates are? Why dont you get off your butts and fix this yourselves and stop asking us to always find some way to fix your mistake? Sloppy sloppy patches.

    • I am almost in agreement with this. The most important quest for the whole Conjuration skill is bugged, and nothing is done about it. Why on earth not?

  16. Please fix bug when Trouble in Skyrim and Boethiahs Calling are done at the same time. I now cannot do ANY companion quests

  17. Gstaff,

    Main problem is, after following Bethedsa advice of saving often, the one save file I have is saved in the limbo room, so there isnt a save file to roll back to. You can see my problem….

  18. I play on ps3 and so far my game has not froze while im in the water but now it is all blurry and i cant see a foot in frnt of me when im swimming. This stinks!

  19. I would just like to say that I have not had a problem with Skyrim since I started playing (Xbox version) I download the update over the weekend and my game has crashed twice in one day and it keeps freezing. AND I have found out that if you get a fatality on a non-kill able NCP, you can kill them. I accidentally killed the trader in Riverwood and a Imperial Solider who attacked me for no reason. I also lost my follower during the “eye of Magnus” quest when the thalmor dude (sorry can’t remember his name) uses a spell that knocks everyone out except you. After I defeated him, my follower (Iona) was gone. I checked my house in riften and she wasn’t there. Help and answers would be appreciated.

  20. It keeps on crashing on PS3. It’s unbelievable! Sometimes it crashes a few second after rebooting the console. It happens always during battle scenes with multiple NPCs like during the “Liberation of Skyrim”. This patch made this situation much worse. Please fix it. Right now, as I am writing waiting for the console to reboot for the forth time. That’s right 4 times in 10 minutes of gameplay!!!!!!!!

  21. I traded off Skyrim 60 days ago. To many bugs or glitchs to overcome. I gave up on Skyrim when my Nord became trapped in a hut. I did save, save, save, and decided not go back again. I’m talking 40 hrs lost due to bugs or glithes.

  22. Any chance of fixing the bug at the end of Revealing the Unseen/Beginning of containment where Savos ends up sprawled dead in the courtyard and just ignored by everyone, blocking the questline? Waving his body in people’s faces gets tiresome after a while..

  23. How about fixing the dark brotherhood mask so
    it works the same for the males as the females! I want my ninja mask please

  24. i would rather see updates, and patches to bugs, and quest bugs, and glitches. i am tired of having the quest for Souls: Black and White in my log, and Kill the Bandit leader at Four Skull Lookout in my log because i did those before i got the quests. how am i supposed to know that you cant do these things until u have the quest? the entire point of a free roam game like this to be able to go anywhere, and do anything albeit with quests, but if you dont have the quest, you shouldnt be hindered to a hidden linearity because you are supposed to know about hidden requirements that of course the average player isnt going to know about. im sorry if i dont scroll down wikies, or online strategy guides every 5 minutes i play a game. it takes away my personal enjoyment of a game, and im sadden to say that at times i feel that im wasting my time playing skyrim. i put in over 120 hours into the game without even joining the imperials or the stormcloaks, and the furthest ive been on the main quest is to the greybeards mountain. i really would like to see an entire overhaul of quest bugs, and glitches in future patches before any content is added.

  25. The WULGAR GLITCH! Wulfgar wont teach final unrelenting force shout.
    Main quest bug here, that hasn’t been fixed yet?
    I’m not returning to a previous save because it means pretty much starting from scratch again.
    And I’m not doing that. Is there or will there be a fix for this bug?!!

  26. hey guuuuuys!!

    just wanted to send you guys at bethblogs and all the hard werk’n development trolls at Beth for an awesome patch.

    I had a little vay kay from the lands of skyrim to wage intergalactic warfare and upon my return I was (extremely) pleased to see the new spells kill animation!!

    Awesome stuff, really breathes fresh juju into an already awesome game!


  27. There is a bug to where I can’t command any of my followers to do anything. Usually I am okay with this but now I can’t complete the quest “Boethiah’s Calling” because my follower won’t touch the pillar of sacrifice.

  28. when are you going to fix the revealing the unseen quest coz that bloke is just sat there i nothing is goin on after, also i cant do anything when the guards are after me i cant pay them off pay the bounty or go to jail

  29. (devin-xbox 360 user)i watched my arrow soar through the air in slow motion into a dragons face. i married lydia. the underwater blur is intense as hell. the snow looks real. no crashes or bugs so far. level 36. get more killcams more often. real real cool ones. the electricity spells in killcam are straight ballin. i loved morrowind and oblivion. fallout and new vegas. add ons, dlc’s, user made mods on pc. i was pissed at some flaws in skyrim but i dont make video games. i have no clue how to fix stuff like that so i wont bark at bethesda on a forum telling them they cant do it right. im sure a lot of math and shit is involved and its complex. kudos to you bethesda. dont take that shit. i didnt whine all day about it and now my game is ciceropimpin ninersixteen. maybe its karma for having patience with and faith in the beth. or maybe i wasnt too pussy to start a new game. i mean really you know if you start a new game and stuff works like mine does youre gonna spend days of life playing anyways. 40 hours aint shit really. we spend a third of life sleeping. start over if it works great. gives you all a chance to make cooler characters. trust beth man, dont be a bunch of thalmor toolbags. good day to you

  30. I am also experiencing the water glitch after the update. It causes the PS3 to completely freeze up, every time.

    I am going to attempt the uninstall/reinstall, but I am seriously considering not installing this patch again, as I had only a few issues before with certain notorious quest glitches, such as the Briar Hearts. The patch fixed one or two glitches, but caused a very serious software malfunction with the water.

    I laugh in your face for suggesting I start a new game after hitting level 55 and finishing Thieves, Mages, Companions, and Bards guilds, making my way near the end of the storyline.

    Something I would like to see in the next update would be a 3rd choice in the Civil War story, one that allows you to fight against both the Empire and the Stormcloaks, as I have always been against the Empire, and I am sadly disappointed with the Stormcloaks.

    There needs to be an option to restore Skyrim to it’s true glory.

    Skyrim was the most anticipated game of the franchise for me, and so far it has exceeded expectations, but some of this stuff just doesn’t make any sense.

    A true Skyrim Nord hates the Empire dogs and fights for valor, not some chump that killed the high king to do as he wishes.

    Joining the Stormcloaks is the equivalent of joining Caesar on Fallout: New Vegas. Joining the Empire is like joining House, and not the cool House M.D. either.

    Please get on top of this situation soon.

  31. This is ridiculous. PS3 bugs in Skyrim means I’m not going to finish a game into which I have put many hours. Could have been the best game ever made. Fallout New Vegas and Skyrim have led me to no longer trust what was once my favourite developer. Goodbye.

  32. hey beth i just made a new char about 15 hrs ago and i am trying to be a pally so i got married to get the bond of matrimony to dis enchant it for the little extra rest cost deduction but it seems like i cant enchant it onto anything any help?

  33. one save for a huge and very complicated world ! … imo this is your own problem !
    in m side till now i didn’t faced any big bugs in m [360], my saves till now +800 …. but am deleting them about every 200 save, all that to avoid problems like u faced and losing all the hours like u lost …
    in da future try to make at least 10 saves, so u can back if any thing happens …

  34. You people sound like a bunch of whiney girls… Be lucky these people take the time to fix what seems top priority to the game.. These things take time and alot of dedication to make it better. It is a MASSIVE game for consoles to run.

  35. AAAAAHHHHHhhhhhrrrrgg!! I can’t touch Water! Ugh! Whyyyyy! make a new patch that fixes this RIGHT NOW!! OR I’M PLAYING MW3 FOREVER AND NEVER TOUCHING SKYRIM AGAIN, or anyother bethesda game for that matter!

    I had a lvl 59 argonian and I come in to play one day and I can’t seem to find my saved game!! Screw you! Fix your current games! Stop making new ones with even more bugs! You piss me off!
    Sincerely hating you right now, Donnabis….

  36. Funny thing is, I don’t have the water problem (maybe because the game was so broken, it was back in the box after like 3 days playing – I updated it today, save had something around 6 hrs of play). I don’t get it. Water looks better and I hope there won’t be any textures disappear or freezing like there was when I played it back in November.