The Elder Scrolls Online

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The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online cover
ZeniMax Online Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Release dates
Windows April 4, 2014
macOS (OS X) April 4, 2014
The Elder Scrolls Online at Wikipedia
The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire 1997
The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard 1998
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 2016
The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2017
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 2018
The Elder Scrolls: Blades 2019
The Elder Scrolls VI TBA

Key points

No longer requires a monthly subscription fee to play.[1]

General information

Official forums
Official Support
Steam Community Discussions


All versions require an Elder Scrolls Online account.
Product keys cannot be used to extend subscriptions or unlock additional bonuses on existing accounts. You also cannot purchase the Steam version and apply it to an existing account should you wish to gain access to the Steam feature (e.g.: Trading Cards), you'd need to create a new account.;[2] Game Time Cards are available for this purpose.[3]

Version differences[edit]

The Gold Edition comes bundled with the base game and the Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, and Dark Brotherhood DLC packs.
The Imperial Edition includes exclusive in-game content such as the ability to play as the Imperial race.[4] It's also possible to ugrade from a standard edition to the Imperial Edition in the Ingame-Shop.
Pre-orders included the Explorer's Pack which had exclusive content such as the ability to join any alliance with any race and special treasure maps alongside with a special pet. This pack is sold separately.[4]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit UserSettings.txt[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open UserSettings.txt.
  3. Change the SET SkipPregameVideos value to 1.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\live\
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/Elder Scrolls Online/live/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/306130/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Saves progress through Bethesda.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings
Video settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider allows values from 70° to 130°.[5]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low FXAA only. Render based AA techniques can't be forced. Nvidia users can force a stronger version of FXAA with Nvidia inspector (remove the AA behavior flags).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 100 FPS by default, see High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
No ingame option. Turns on when HDR monitor is detected.[6] No real HDR support.
Color blind mode
Use Simple Combat Alerts for combat and Thurisaz Color Blind for item quality indicators.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Edit UserSettings.txt[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open UserSettings.txt.
  3. Change the SET MAX_ANISOTROPY value to 1.

High frame rate[edit]

Change minimum frametime[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UserSettings.txt.
  3. Change SET MinFrameTime.2 "0.01000000" to (1 / desired max FPS)
  4. Save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Per-character keybindings, only Esc is reserved.
Mouse acceleration
By default the game does not use mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Orsinium Base-Game Patch
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock, use the Playstation Interface Mod
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, ambience, effects, footsteps, dialogue and interface.
Surround sound
up to 5.1 output (Win/MAC)[7][8]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be toggled on or off.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation by users site «ElderScrolls.Net», download RuESO.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
No cross-platform play with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players.[9]

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 24100-24131, 24500-24507, 49100-54000
UDP 24100-24131, 24500-24507, 49100-54000
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support[edit]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Direct3D 12 support is planned for a future update.[10]
OpenGL 2.0 For Windows edit UserSettings.txt and set SET GraphicsDriver.7 "OPENGL"[11]
64-bit executable
Both 32-bit and 64-bit executables are present.


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.100k

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 or AMD 3870
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 85 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 460
ATI Radeon 6850
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD Graphics 4000
Nvidia GeForce GT 330M
ATI Radeon HD 6490M


  1. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/306130/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (306130) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.