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Elder Scrolls Online runs at native 4K resolution on Xbox One X

Unfortunately, we haven't heard concrete plans about resolution and other effects since then. Today that changed because the company revealed all of the upgrades the Xbox One X version will receive. Aside from running at native 4K on the upcoming console, the game features upgraded shadows with screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO), upgraded water reflections, and increased view distance. The patch is coming out tomorrow, November 7, 2017, when the Xbox One X launches.

According to a post on The Elder Scrolls Online website, if you're connected to a 4K display, the game will run at native 4K resolution without resorting to upscaling or checkerboarding techniques. Apart from that, reflections on Xbox One are limited to simple static textures. On Xbox One X they're enabling higher quality real-time reflections which should make water look more realistic.

For those unfamiliar with the term, SSAO is a method of generating shadows when nearby objects block some lighting. The Xbox One X enables this feature which makes environments and characters look like they have more depth and dimension. Lastly, increasing the draw distance allows you to see more of the environment around you. All of these are welcome changes which should make the game even better to look at.

Many other Bethesda games are getting Xbox One X support as well. Recently the publisher confirmed that Dishonored 2, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Fallout 4, and Skyrim: Special Edition would feature 4K resolution on Xbox One X. However, the company also added that the resolution is dynamic, meaning that it may vary in order to keep the frame rate stable. It's unclear if these games also go up to native 4K resolution like The Elder Scrolls Online on the upcoming console as we weren't provided specifics. It may be checkerboarded too. We'll update you as soon as we know about the exact upgrades they bring to the table.

In The Elder Scrolls Online, experience one connected world and stay up to date with everything your friends are doing. Whether you play alone or with friends, the game's combat system allows you to focus on action and tactics. You can use any weapon at any time, no matter your class, and customize your abilities to play the way you want. There are hundreds of quests. The goal is to uncover the mysteries of Tamriel, and seek heroic quests on your own schedule. You can explore the far reaches of Skyrim, the mysterious lands of Morrowind, the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall, and much more. If you haven't played the multiplayer game, be sure to check it out at retailers.

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13 Comments
  • This trailer is awesome. 
  • Great my Scorpion edition is coming tomorrow and i just bought ESO
  • Its a great game, so long as you don't go into it expecting WoW or Skyrim as a multiplayer game.
  • I need to get back into ESO.  I miss it.
  • will it actually look like that trailer image in the game?  cause on base xb1 the game looks horribly bland with not very good graphics.
  • I thought ESO and Skyrim were different games.... Don't shoot me.
  • They're different games. Basically you can visit Skyrim and everything in ESO.
  • I should hope so, the game isn't exactly a powerhouse when it comes to visuals.
  • But compared to World of Warcraft it looks a million dollars :) Besides, the muted palette suits the game. It would look horrible in SWOTOR colours. Wouldn't be befitting.
  • my gt540m at 1920x1080 lowest settings has an averange of 35fps but manage to get even 60 on some places it will be weird for the X not manage to do that
  • The frame rate is locked to 30 FPS. It's the developer's choice.
  • Some games benefit from 60fps, some don't.  ESO is one of the ones that doesn't.  Its not a twitchy shooter or high speed racer.  Running at 30 is a great fit for this type of cinematic game thats more about thinking than just blindly popping off shots at everything that moves.
  • I see that ESO Morrowind is enhanced but not standard ESO or at least that's how it shows up in my library. Idk why Morrowind is in my library cuz I don't own it.