ESO V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition 'crashing & freezing on Nintendo Switch' issues acknowledged (potential workarounds inside)

ESO V: Skyrim (also known as ‘Skyrim’) is a legendary Bethesda game whose original release dates back more than a decade.

Over the years, the game has been receiving multiple updates and versions for new consoles and platforms. One of the most recent Skyrim updates is the ‘Anniversary Edition’.


A few days ago, the Nintendo Switch received the Skyrim ‘Anniversary Edition’. However, it seems that the update also brought multiple performance issues, as has happened in the past.

More specifically, ESO V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is currently crashing and freezing on Nintendo Switch for many players.

Skyrim Anniversary Edition crashing and freezing on Nintendo Switch

According to multiple reports, Skyrim performance on Nintendo Switch is much worse after the ‘Anniversary Edition’ update.

Reports describe situations like constant crashing, freezing and noticeable FPS drops during gameplay. Skyrim Anniversary Edition also gets stuck under certain scenarios on the Nintendo console.


Anyone have any luck improving fps on AE switch?

If anyone’s been able to do anything to improve their frame rates lmk please! I’ve been playing and loving the new update, but definitely my experience is being slightly dampened by the terrible fps drops.

Anyone else playing Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Switch?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoy the additional content that the Anniversary Edition provides but I’m also experiencing more crashes and frame rate issues. I’m wondering if anyone else is having the same experience?

Performance issues are noticeably affecting the experience for many players. Before the Anniversary Edition, Skyrim was reportedly much more fluid and stable on the platform.

Issue acknowledged, potential workarounds

The Bethesda team is already aware of Skyrim performance issues on Nintendo Switch after the Anniversary Edition update. However, there is no ETA for a fix yet.

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Before the fix arrives, there are some potential workarounds you can try. Firstly, some recommend playing with the console in the dock and lowering the ‘look sensitivity’ values.


Another alternative is to completely turn your Switch off as follows:

Someone suggested to completely turn your Switch off(holding the power button for 4 seconds and picking the “turn off” option), and it actually worked for me.

As a last resort, you can try a reinstallation of the game:

Maybe check for corrupt and then, even if it doesn’t find anything, just redownload as it will offer that. That’s how I fix occasional Minecraft lag and sometimes other games

Also, it seems that Skyrim is freezing on the Trueflame quest (from ‘Ghost of the Tribunal’ quest line). There is a potential workaround for that issue too:

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We will update this story as events unfold.

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