The Elder Scrolls Online

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The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online cover
Developers
ZeniMax Online Studios
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Release dates
Windows April 4, 2014
macOS (OS X) April 4, 2014
The Elder Scrolls Online on Wikipedia

Warnings

This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.
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

Availability[edit]

All versions require The Elder Scrolls Online account and a constant internet connection for all game modes
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]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Clockwork City
Windows
Dark Brotherhood
Windows
Dragon Bones
Windows
Elsweyr
Windows
Horns of the Reach
Windows
Morrowind Included in new purchases.
Windows
Imperial City
Windows
Murkmire
Windows
Newcomer Pack
Windows
Orsinium
Windows
Scalebreaker
Windows
Shadows of the Hist
Windows
Summerset
Windows
Thieves Guild
Windows
Wolfhunter
Windows
Wrathstone
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit UserSettings.txt[5]
  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 feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider allows values from 70° to 130°.[6]
Windowed
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.[7] 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[8]
  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]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, ambience, effects, footsteps, dialogue and interface.
Surround sound
up to 5.1 output (Win/MAC)[9][10]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be toggled on or off.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Fan translation by users site «ElderScrolls.Net», download RuESO.
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
No cross-platform play with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players.[11]

Connection types

Ports

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]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: The Elder Scrolls Online - 3D Vision Fix.
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 Direct3D 12 support is planned for a future update.[13]
Metal support
MoltenVK. Added in 4.2.5 patch[14]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
32-bit client was removed in 3.3.5 patch[12]
macOS (OS X)
Direct3D 9 support was removed in 2.3.5 patch[15]
OpenGL support was removed from both Windows[16] and macOS[14] versions

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.100k

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-540
AMD A6-3620
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 85 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.13
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 85 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
AMD Radeon HD 6850
OpenGL 4.1 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  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.

References

  1. Support | The Elder Scrolls Online
  2. Can I link my current ESO account with Steam? - Support | The Elder Scrolls Online
  3. Are there game time cards? Some of us don't have a credit card to pay with. - Support | The Elder Scrolls Online
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Elder Scrolls Online Store FAQ - Support | The Elder Scrolls Online
  5. Guide: How to Disable Intro videos — Elder Scrolls Online - last accessed on 2019-06-28
  6. Elder Scrolls Online Updated to 1.2.0, Adds New Dungeon, FOV Slider
  7. HDR support on PC (ESO Morrowind)
  8. [Quick & Dirty Guide/Tech Explanation] How to limit your framerate in ESO for G-Sync/anything else. — Elder Scrolls Online - last accessed on 2019-06-28
  9. The Elder Scrolls Online Store FAQ - Support | The Elder Scrolls Online
  10. The Elder Scrolls Online Store FAQ - Support | The Elder Scrolls Online
  11. Twitter / TESOnline: .@K95David #ESO's megaserver technology will allow PC/Mac players to play together. Xbox One & PS4 players will have distinct megaservers.
  12. PC/Mac Patch Notes v3.3.5 (Dragon Bones & Update 17) — Elder Scrolls Online - last accessed on 2019-05-21
    "We are no longer supporting the 32-bit client due to there being significant memory limitations with a 32-bit client, in conjunction with having the minimum system requirement of 3GB RAM. If you’re running a 32-bit version of Windows, you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 64-bit Operating System to continue playing ESO."
  13. ESO Live - Ask Us Anything! - Page 101 - Elder Scrolls Online
  14. 14.0 14.1 PC/Mac Patch Notes v4.2.5 — Elder Scrolls Online - last accessed on 2019-05-21
    "We have switched the Mac renderer from OpenGL to MoltenVK (Metal) to support the upcoming release of the upcoming MacOS Mojave. To support these changes, we will be updating the minimum spec for all Mac players in Update 20"
  15. PC/Mac Patch Notes v2.3.5 — Elder Scrolls Online - last accessed on 2019-05-21
    "We have upgraded the ESO graphics engine to be DirectX 11 specific. You will no longer be able to launch or run the DirectX 9 version of the game. We will no longer support graphics cards and operating systems that are not compatible with DirectX 11."
  16. PlaidWorld comments on [PC] Has OpenGL support been permanently removed from Windows? - last accessed on 2019-05-21