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Skyrim Squeezes On To One Disc

Felix Kemp
Bethesda Softworks, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Xbox 360
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Skyrim Squeezes On To One Disc

Xbox 360 Fans Breathe Collective Sigh Of Relief

Skyrim is massive. In the minute portion of the game demoed to us at GamesCom last week, the landscape stretched for miles in every direction, fish flocked in rivers, dungeons lurked in every corner and dragons swooped from the sky in dynamic fashion. It's big; it's very big. Thankfully, Bethesda have performed some technical voodoo magic and managed to fit all of this on one single DVD for the Xbox 360 release. Phew!

Bethesda confirmed the news to Ripten at PAX Prime over the weekend. With fellow Bethesda title, RAGE, shipping on multiple discs - probably due to its extreme visuals - fears were raised that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would suffer a similar fate on Microsoft's platform. If RAGE fits on a few discs, surely Skyrim would need half a dozen?

Nope, according to Bethesda. It will fit on just one! Developers have had six years to tweak and refine their compression engines to compensate for the 360's strict disc size limits, and of all the studios out there who'd need to have size in mind, it's Bethesda. However, the company wasn't willing to divulge details on an install size for Skyrim, although you can expect it to be pretty massive! [Ripten]

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hurrakan  Aug. 30, 2011 at 13:52

So the Xbox 360 version has lower texture resolution, lower bit-rate for compressed audio, etc.

Better with PC :)

StolenDiagram  Aug. 30, 2011 at 14:32

@hurrakan And absolutely no-one could have assumed that from day one???? Can you think of any situations where a console version of a game exceeds its PC counterpart in terms of specs because I sure as hell can't!

FelixKemp  Aug. 30, 2011 at 16:37

The PC version will undoubtedly be the best to look at, as is always the case. That said, we've seen the 360 version running before our very eyes, and whatever compression or low bit-rate tactics Bethesda is pulling to fit it on one disc, it looks very, very good indeed 8)


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