Since its initial release in 2014, The Elder Scrolls Online has thrived and outlived numerous competing MMOs. New content drops like the recent 'Blackwood' expansion continue to expand the game, and now the long-awaited 'Console Enhanced' update has arrived on Xbox Series S and X and PlayStation 5. This update adds sweet graphical enhancements and optimizations that make Elder Scrolls Online feel like a proper current-gen game on consoles.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced features the following enhancements:
- Next-Gen Performance: With the next-generation power of Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, the game will run at a crisp 60fps while in Performance Mode. If you’re looking for a visual feast, Fidelity Mode allows Xbox Series X and PS5 players to enjoy native 4K @ 30fps, while Xbox Series S runs 1440p @ 30fps.
- Increased Draw Distance: For players who love to admire ESO’s vast beauty, the game’s draw distance has nearly been doubled, allowing greater views of the ever-growing world of Tamriel.
- Improved Loading Times: Moving up to next-generation power means loading times on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 have been nearly cut in half on average, enabling console players to remain immersed in ESO’s stunning world with less waiting.
- Enhanced Textures & Antialiasing: Throughout the world of Tamriel, shadows are now sharper, creating a more precise visual, and great improvements to antialiasing have smoothed out objects like foliage and structures.
- For the comprehensive list of features coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, head over to the ESO website for more.
I popped into ESO on Xbox Series X after a several years break and set the graphics to Fidelity. The new visuals are indeed very sharp (love the HDR lighting) and the draw distance is fantastic. My test was only a quick one, but it certainly has me excited to play more ESO.
The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online RPG. The base game sells for $19.99 on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. The 'Blackwood' expansion is available to purchase individually for $49.99 or as part of the premium ESO Plus Membership that starts at $14.99 a month. The Elder Scrolls Online is also included with Xbox Game Pass.