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
Metacritic 71
OpenCritic 70
Monetization DLC, Expansion pack, Subscription
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Currency, Infinite spend, Loot box
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Persistent, Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres MMORPG, Open world
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls Online on IGDB
The Elder Scrolls Online on MobyGames
The Elder Scrolls Online on Wikipedia
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 TBA
The Elder Scrolls VI TBA


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

Key points

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

General information

Official forums
Official Support
Steam Community Discussions


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]


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Clockwork City
Dark Brotherhood
Dragon Bones
Horns of the Reach
Morrowind Included in new purchases.
Imperial City
Newcomer Pack
Shadows of the Hist
Thieves Guild

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/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/306130/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Saves progress through Bethesda.


Video settings
Video settings
Camera settings
Camera settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Loading screens crop to fit aspect ratio.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider allows values from 70° to 130°.[6]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low FXAA, TAA. 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)
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]

Use the Votan's Advanced Settings add-on's menu to change the framerate cap.[7]
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.



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]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be toggled on or off.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

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

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]

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

Other information[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
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 Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.100k

Improving Texture Pop-In[edit]

Fix issues with textures taking too long to load in, resulting in blurry textures.[17]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open UserSettings.txt.
  3. Change the SET MIP_LOAD_SKIP_LEVELS "0" value to SET MIP_LOAD_SKIP_LEVELS "-3".
  4. This may cause reduced performance on lower end hardware. Under 2gb of VRAM, use "-1" instead of "-3"

System requirements[edit]

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.


  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.


  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. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2020-09-28
    Add-on adds a new menu to options that allows the FPS cap to be changed via in-game menus
  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
  17. [Andy's Elder Scrolls Online PC Tweak Guide - last accessed on 2019-03-09