Skyrim's latest DLC: Hearthfire is now available for PC players on Steam. What about PS3 players?
Source: Bethesda Blog
October 4, 2012
If the "Elder Scrolls sale" that has been going on this week on Steam wasn't a hint (they did this last time when Dawnguard came out) the official announcement should make things clear: Bethesda announced that Hearthfire is now available to PC users. The English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions can be downloaded from Steam for $4.99.
This DLC will allow players to build their own home on three specific pieces of land, adopt children, hire stewards and more. You can read our review and tips for the add-on HERE. It offers some interesting options for players, though many will find the hearthfire homes don't compete with several of the custom homes you can add to your game with mods. It will be interesting to see if modders will be able to make use of some of the resources in this content to improve their own creations though.
What about the PS3?
This is the big questions PS3 players have been asking since Dawnguard launched for PC. Bethesda has had several issues keeping the game stable after new content is added onto the PS3 version. Sony even has a team working with Bethesda to try and solve the issue, but it is still a work in progress. I'm sure this isn't the most technical explanation one can offer, but the basic issue is that the PS3 splits the RAM in half and only offers up one half of it to the game memory. To run a game as big as Skyrim they need more RAM than the PS3 allows.
Bethesda's statement about the issue a few week ago:
"It's been a few weeks, and we wanted to make sure everyone knows where we're at with Dawnguard. Skyrim is a massive and dynamic game that requires a lot of resources, and things get much more complex when you're talking about sizable content like Dawnguard. We have tried a number of things, but none of them solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. The PS3 is a powerful system, and we're working hard to deliver the content you guys want. Dawnguard is obviously not the only DLC we’ve been working on either, so the issues of adding content get even more complicated. This is not a problem we’re positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content.
We wish we had a more definitive answer right now. We understand the frustration when the same content is not available on all platforms. When we have an update, we will certainly let you know. We deeply appreciate all the time and support you have given us, and we’ll keep doing our best to return that."
As to whether it would effect Hearthfire as well, Pete Hines (PR for Bethesda) had this to say:
"this is not a "Dawnguard" issue. This is a DLC on PS3 issue. It affected DG because it was the first one."
Hard to deny the reasons for PS3 players to be disappointed and upset. The good news is they are working on it, but the bad is that they have no idea if it can be done at this point or not. Many players buy these games with the knowledge that their will be DLC content, even if it's not a contractual obligation from game makers to provide them. It will be interesting to see how Bethesda and Sony handle this issue going forward. It's worth noting, not that a gamer should have to buy a game twice, but if players were interested in making the switch to PC (something I did myself after playing on XBox for a while) - all Elder Scrolls games are currently on sale on Steam.
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