Skyrim: Dawnguard Is Out For Steam, Bethesda 'Not Satisfied' With PS3 Version

Skyrim's Dawnguard downloadable content is out on Steam right now, Bethesda's Pete Hines announced at QuakeCon today. You can buy it for $US19.99.

The PlayStation 3 release is still up in the air, Bethesda added on its blog today, because the company isn't satisfied with how it's running:

We are not satisfied yet with Dawnguard's performance on the PS3. We would like for everyone to have a chance to play Dawnguard, but we aren't going to release it for PS3 knowing that some people's experience in Skyrim will be worse. We do everything we can to have our content available to all; from our free updates, to user mods, to paid DLC. We're as disappointed as our fans when that isn't the case, but we'll continue to push for that reality.

Bethesda first released Dawnguard in June for the Xbox 360. We didn't love it.


    For $25US - I'm passing on it - I learnt my lesson with Fallout - never again - I can wait till winter steam sales.

    Yeah, $25? No thanks...

    Yeah I'll wait till it comes down in price, hopefully within six months..

    $25? what are you, high?! if i skip this $25 purchase, and skip 2 more $25 purchases, that makes $75! new pc game! be a man...

    Woah... $20+???
    This is why i'm glad i've been stubborn enough to wait for the eventual GOTY edition.

      Yep, same here.

      I really don't understand how they could be having "performance issues". I mean it's not a new engine or anything, is it? Just more content i.e. new quests / characters / items whatever which wouldn't really be much different to the ones that are already in the game?

        Given the way Bethesda writes their game engines, a bigger world means more things that the player can change (killing non-respawning enemies, picking up or moving items, etc). And the more things a player changes in the world, the more memory it takes to keep track of those changes.

        The PS3 has the smallest amount of system memory out of the three target platforms (256MB: while there is another 256MB of graphics memory, it is incredibly slow for the CPU to access), these problems always hit it first.

          If you remember back to when Skyrim was first released on said consoles there was major "performance issues" it just shows how outdated and how much consoles are holding games back.

            Nah mate it's not that because the Xbox 360 version is fine, it's Ps3 that's the problem they stubbornly make their console "less hack able" etc etc and make it less similar to Pc architecture as possible whereas Xbox is near on identical which is why ps3 ports always suffer, poor sony fans drawing the short stick on quality games as always

    20 bucks for USA Store ..... 25 bucks for the AUS Store...... ???? not sure whats going on with that

    As much as I want it, I'll hold off on it until it's cheaper.

    Guys, keep in mind when Skyrim launched they said their DLC would be as big as a full expansion pack.

      Not justifiable in the slightest - this is pure price gouging - they want to know how many sheeple will buy this so they can keep raising the bar - Basically they want to know at what point are we going to stop paying for DLC and then scale it back - this might be the Straw but somehow I doubt it - all I know is even though I can easily afford this there is NO way I am paying it.

      And yet everyone who's played it on xbox said they completed the content in under a few hours.

      A pretty goddamn tiny expansion pack, then. Not at all worth the price they're asking.

      Back what expansion packs were actually EXPANSION packs, you would pretty much get another campaign. Something comparable in size to the original game.

        I thought Dawnguard was good, not worth whatever I paid on 360, but I think Beth haven't made a good solid piece of content or expansion since Tribunal and Bloodmoon I'm sure everyone can agree on that

    Yeah, passing at $25. It's sad, I was expecting a full expansion and I've heard today that this one doesn't even match up to Shivering Isles, yet it costs so much more.

    Read the title, Alt-Tabbed to Steam, Saw price, almost spat out coffee.
    $25 , someone be crazy. From what I've heard It's not worth that at all.

      similar story, i was reading the nexus forums, read $20, thought yea why not, went to steam $25 WTF!
      also did an exchange rate conversion for US $20 = AU $18.95, that means we would be paying US $26.40 for the same shit the US gets for $20.
      fuck you Bethesda.

    whinge whinge whinge whinge.

    $25 buys be a delicious breakfast at my local cafe that satisfies me for a good 4-5 hours. Skyrim dawnguard should easily last a player a week or two if not longer. I'd dare say bang for buck my entertainment dollar is being well spent.

    re the delay I think they should be commended. in fact hugged and lots of baby talk. for once a publisher/developer tells us they'd rather forgo profit then to release a dodgy product. Jason you really need to change the title to "Bethesda puts gamers before profit....."

      Apparently a lot of people who played it on Xbox 360 said it lasts for as long as your breakfast does. Personally I think $25 is too much for breakfast, and definitely too much for Dawnguard. If they charged us $20 like they do for the USA, I might consider it. But they can shove that extra 5 bucks up their arse.

      A $25 breakfast at, say, Cafe Vue or Cumulus in Melbourne would be a lovely breakfast and is in contrast to what the market offers for $15. It is good value for what you're getting and with what else is available.

      Now contrast what we know about Dawnguard with what else is available in the market. It is not good value at $25.

    "We are not satisfied yet with Dawnguard’s performance on the PS3. We would like for everyone to have a chance to play Dawnguard, but we aren’t going to release it for PS3 knowing that some people’s experience in Skyrim will be worse"

    Yet they were perfectly happy to release the core game for the PS3 despite it being a horrible mess. Oh well, better a lesson learnt late than never at all.

      Well could you imagine if they delayed the ps3 full release, they would have lost heaps and heaps of sales, it's not as easily a right off as optional dlc

    With a price like that, Im sure as hell waiting for it to drop!

    shamefully i just bought it. couldnt do the right thing and wait. gah.

    and they wonder why people go to torrents

    $25 LOL. You can buy whole games for that nowadays. Absolute fucking rip off.

    Ps3 player here, mines still buggy, I'll never buy another Bethesda game again

    I'll wait till it's cheaper.
    Yeah Right!!!

    Yerp, got annoyed waiting, heard horrible things (glitches, play time etc) from XBox users , became fairly disinterested and now the $25 price tag? No thanks.

    TES died after morrowind. (On PC obviously)

    You're all husks of gamers.

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