Bethesda's Mammoth-Sized RPG Hits A Hitch
Of all the games you'd expect to benefit from an install to the Xbox 360's hard-drive, Bethesda's sweeping, sprawling, so-big-it's-sort-of-terrifying fifth Elder Scrolls adventure, Skryim, would be top of the list. After all, depositing a good chunk of game data on to the hard-drive allows the game to access said data quicker than from a spinning disc, resulting in swifter load times and better visuals.
Or so you'd think. Sadly, Skyrim appears to be suffering a very perplexing bug, as installing the game to the 360's hard-drive results in a drop in visual quality. Play the game off the disc and you'll enjoy Skyrim at its most high-resolution; install it, however, and watch how the textures take a sudden nosedive. Performance such as loading and frame-rate improve, but at the cost of texture resolution, strangely enough. So until Bethesda address the issue via a patch, we strongly recommend you play Skyrim off the disc on 360.