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. why don’t dragons attack main cities (eg whitrun riften) it would be better and as well a dragon killed some of my miscellanous quest givers and know i can’t access them and my mate said the quest was really good is there any way to access them another way. It was the elf at merryside farm near riften i came out the dragon just landed and ate him

    • They do in Riften actually and all the unwalled major cities. ive had the problem with dragons eating npcs flagged as essential as well

  2. Companion quest line still broken on 360 – Forever Mourning bug (Purity of Revenge quest not given out after completing Blood’s Honor). Please will a subsequent patch fix this?

    • Is this the issue whereby after killing the witches and collecting their heads, Farkas won’t give you the next quest? I was and am having this issue – 1.5 hasn’t fixed it. So, I can’t complete the Companions Quest Line.

      • I’ve since got around this – sort of evaded the bug if you like. To get the Purity of Revenge mission started, I had to go to Driftshade Refuge and clear our the dungeon. Could not find Wuuthrad. I then went back to the Companions, and as soon as I entered Jorrvaskr again, Farkas (or was it Vilkas?) ran over to me and it started the Quest. I then had to go and clear out Driftshade again and collect Wuuthrad. At this point, everything righted itself and the questline continued. Hope this helps.

  3. I was very excited about this new update and it was working perfectly until I tried to go in the water then my game crashed and I tried it again and again to
    See and it keeps on crashing. I hope you guys can fix this

  4. Very nice! I wonder if we could get Barbas’s AI tweaked a bit though, so he’s not extremely annoying, pushing you off of a cliff, or blocking your path, and what not…

  5. There is a bug where you tell a follower to sleep and then talk to them and you can reply yes or no but it does nothing what is it supposed to do!!!!!???????

  6. Downloaded the update for PS3, went to load my game, and got a horrible white screen, with text on the top saying “You can’t got that way”.. the map was also just plain white, with all the icons on it…

  7. Love the bew version. I finally got to finish the companions quests. I still can’t get re-married though. I killed my husband but i can’t get a new one. Any suggestions?

  8. i have no words :(. I have update my Skyrim for PS3 and the “Waking Nightmare” quest it’s still bugged :(. Erandur it’s “invisible”, no visible at the entering of the temple and seems to be out of the map (Erandur’s indicator).. I’m waiting for this patch for 4 months, and now i can not even take the achievment “Oblivion Walker” for this quest.. Sorry Bethesda, but never again..

    • I’ve encountered this bug too. It seemed to trigger for me when I entered the temple before him without completing all the dialogue options. Fixed it by re-loading an earlier save, and waiting for him to come to a complete stop outside of the temple. Then I talked to him, doing every dialogue option at least once, waited for him to fully enter the temple, then headed in. No idea which of these decisions was the fix, but give it a try and let me know.

      • Unfortunately i haven’t a previous save to the bug 🙁 I encountered the bug more than 4 months ago and I went ahead with the other quests, hoping for a patch to resolve it to me 🙁 But it seems I have to resign.. anyway thank you for your interest 🙂

  9. About 30% into the Main Quests…
    Playtime: 137hrs and counting!

    Beautiful Game!
    Thanks for the PS3 Update bethesda!

    PSN: tamiboi_uchiha

  10. Anything improving is always a plus, always satisfied considering the game is amazingly complex and wonderful-anyone not grateful and complaining about little bugs should make a better game wihouy bugs before bitching… Fixes will come and not all bugs will be fixed and I don’t expect them to be, as it is impossible. That’s what wikia pages are for: read, educate, and avoid… Internet isn’t just for complaining all the time people…

  11. Coll news but Could we please have some support for modding community ?
    So far Steam don’t accepts larger files than 100 mb , the LOD generation doesn’t work , the Navmesh is still bugged and many are dropping the modding couse there are too many bugs stoppind the development of more complex mod featuring new lands and complex quests !

  12. I would like to see a fix for the house in markarth bug were you cant talk to the steward and a fix for Larceny Targets were you cant sell the goods to delvin after picking up the last one.

  13. I cant seem to get Dampened spirits to trigger. Brynoff says he’s busy, Mercer keeps saying hes busy. Maven is too busy telling me how good she looks as Jarl. I never got the chance to speak to Maven after completing the Glasglow mansion quest. I thought patches 1.4 and 1.5 were supposed to fix this? Also, I did glasglow/ started thieves guild when I was a lower level…now I am level 40 and do not want to start over…what, if anything..can I do?

  14. 360 version here. I shot and killed some thalmor guards and it bugged the diplomatic immunity quest to where the guard doesn’t ask for my invention. And i downloaded the patch which is suppose to fix this and its still bugged. As it is a major quest id like to be able to do it with my current character but im starting to be discouraged. Everything else is great though.

  15. Posted yesterday… and I deleted my game file and the update, reinstalled the data and redownloaded the update… and now after I load my old files, my game just sits there in half main menu and half load screen (it says my level, no random tips at the bottom right, and the skyrim symbol stays there, I cant rotate it so its still the main menu) wtf i just want to play AT ALL. I don’t care about any of the bugs it fixed i can live with them. So I tried playing without the update installed and even in files that I haven’t touched in months it says I need the patch.

  16. Still havin alot of problems with quests stuck in the misc section and not being able to be completed and there is no dialogue to advance them such as “investigate the bards college” “find finn’s lute” “bring a dragon scale & bone to esbern”.I did investigate, i have the lute…and i have a dragon bone. Ones that just cannot be done are “collect bounty from brina merilis” “kill bandit leader at snowpoint beacon” and “kill dragon at lost tongue overlook” these quests cannot be completed. Ive amazingly put in over 377.08.13 hours into my game so dont really wanna start over. LOL i know i have no life you can say it. Thanks Bethesda

  17. It just tonight occurred to me – that’s several of the features from Game Jam that have been incorporated into the game already! At least three. 🙂

  18. It may just be a minor thing but is it difficult to fix the “blind” or milky, since theres no names for the eyes I can only assume theyre blind, so it doesn’t constantly spaz out when your looking at it, just wondering, other than that, loving the update, more fun but wondering if all the update melee finishers are solely for human enemies or has it added more for dragons, falmer, uhh hagravens, or…..draugr?

  19. Can’t wait to download this, thanks! I do hope Skyrim DLC’s will add more mages robes. Warriors get countless amounts of armor; mages get 5 robes.

  20. Ever since I downloaded the 1.5 update for the PS3, my game has become unbearably slow. Especially when I enter Whiterun. The game slows to a crawl… anybody else have experienced this?

  21. I heard about people having problems with an x box 360 putting the game on their hard drives when the game first came out, just wondering if it’s ok to put it on your hard drive now, and if the game plays any better when you do?

  22. Perhaps a method for finding Shadowmere could be useful. Got to be out there somewhere but there’s soooo much Skyrim to search!

    • Also, bow killcams are the bomb, guys. Makes me feel like Legolas…if he was a tiny little female khajiit with an enchanted bow, haha.

  23. After you delete and redownload the update, (PS3) this made the game way better for me! I love archery! Deadric bow is my weapon of choice. Good Patch! Keep it coming.

  24. What about the “Talk to Sapphire” quest? She just stands on the bridge and tells me she has nothing to say to me. She won’t go in the bee and bard, and if I try to kill her it fails the quest. If i try to blow her off the bridge with dragon shouts it doesn’t work either.

    Please look into this Bethesda, I think it is caused by refusing the quest first than accepting it from shadr immediately after.

  25. The bug where the dragon’s soul isn’t absorbed, the dragon priest doesn’t appear and the word of power is heard but not seen or retrievable at Shearpoint is still present, there has been multiple updates and it hasn’t been fixed 🙁

  26. The update is quite good, I was taken by surprise when a kill cam had my character almost hack a guy in half with a battle axe (sidenote: Why isn’t there a Fallout 3 level of gore?), however… The ‘Stealing Plans’ quest is still bugged, preventing me from progressing the storyline with Aela. Additionally, ‘Waking Nightmare’ still has Erandur at the end of his path. I had read somewhere, but I don’t recall if it was an official Bethesda release, about a quest drop system which would allow the player to drop quests from the quest logs and would resets the set pieces. Since 2 main quests and 1 misc. quests are bugged that would be a great option.

  27. I own ps3 version. I have 461 hours, thanx to 1.4 patch. Gettin ready to get 1.5. People need to stop crying and bitching and be happy we even have games like this. I am 40 and I grew up playing INTELLIVISION £which I still have) . So buck up little Nords and HAIL SKYRIM! And give praise to the people that have given us this great adventure we get to take without leaving our couches!! Thank you.

    • HEAR HEAR! Been obsessively playing bethesda games since Morrowind. Thank you Bethesda! Now, just quit dumbing down armor components and I’ll be happy. We need pauldrons man! HAH! Let me mismatch my gauntlets!

  28. I have 310 hours into Skyrim. It’s one of THE BEST games I’ve ever played! And I’ve been gaming since ATARI 2600 in the early 80’s. There are VERY minimal glitches. No more than any other game I’ve played. This is impressive considereing how big the Skyrim world is! I’ve run into MAYBE 2 glitches on the PS3 that have all since been resolved: the civil war glitch, which I fixed by re-starting from a previous save. I was NEVER played an RPG until Fallout 3 – Loved it. Then Fallout New Vegas and now, RAGE which was awesome and now, one of the best games EVER, Skyrim. Bethesda – GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!

  29. I noticed in the list of fixes that is says that Ysolda several other characters cannot be killed before starting A Night To Remember. However I’ve already killed Ysolda before this patch (I thought she served no purpose after giving her the tusk) will the patch bring her “back from the dead”? Because the patch does not seem to have done that, I don’t black out after the drinking game with Sam Guvenne even after the patch. Can anyone help? Thanks.

  30. Aahh so the thieves guild dairy hasnt been patched, or the attunement sphere, or picking up the amulet of talos before talking to Greta breaking the quest those are the only bugs I have encountered never had anything suggested above yet none of them have been fixed 🙁 ah well I can deal with it the games to good to get mad at it.

  31. Id like them to fix the fact that I can’t summon anything… ever since I took the atronach perk it casts the spell on me so nothing happens very frustrating

  32. Great! Hopefully they fix the bug soon where if you clear out the cavern before doing the Supply and Demand quest from the jarl in riften, it glitches out.

  33. diplomatic immunity still bugged for me. i tried to comment before but apparently my problems wernt blog worthy? now im pissed its the main quest and this promises to fix it but it doesnt……

  34. Nice! Working great. Underwater looks fabulous. Thanks guys and keep them coming, best game since the best game ever: oblivion. F3 in top 5 ever too. Love you guys and thanks again!

  35. On PC here,
    Crashing on startup with NO MODS, not even the HD Tex Pack. Skyrim Version – 1.5.26

  36. What KidNord and JMO Chicago said. Been gaming since PONG m’boys, and Skyrim vies for best game ever IMO. This really has me looking forward to the DLC.

    I call for a moot, can I get a witness??? Hail Ulfric!

    (p.s. let me ride in a little viking boat to the moot and to show my gratitude I will adopt every kid in Riften!)

  37. ok am I only only one thats pissed at how my reanimated zombies keep dying when ever I enter new maps?!?! I mean this is cool but shouldn’t they be working on major issues like that rather than adding new contant?!?

  38. HELP! I have 100 smithing and 4 equips that each give me 28% fortify smithing. But when I want to upgrade a weapon they highest i can upgrade it to is fine! WTF

  39. Yeah, I still cannot become thane or riften though. I visited the house before I talked to maven. But now I can continue Blood on the ice! Thanks beth you saved me lots of pain and suffering!