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How Well Does The Elder Scrolls Online Run On Your PC?

The Elder Scrolls series practically invented the modern single-player RPG. Today, we look at the franchise's expansion into the MMO space with The Elder Scrolls Online. What sort of graphics card and CPU will you need to enjoy your experience in Tamriel?

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  1. 760 is the highest tier nvidia card you used for 1080?
  2. Now that this pipe dream is released, where is a Fallout 4 acknowledgement?
  3. I'm running it at 4K and in ultra it's very smooth with an I7 and titan black. Having said that I don't plan on staying a subscriber. They got my 80.00 bucks to start and that's it. I can't get over the subpar graphics although I realize it's an MMO and can't have the best graphics going for it. Nor does it have the attention to detail, depth, and immersive ness that I expect in an elder scrolls title. I've gone back to skyrim and all the mods. Skyrim at 4k is a work of art. The MMO seem faked with monsters just keep respawning out of thin air and no real meaning or placement in the world around you. Again I understand it's a MMO and not a detailed single player game. What worries me is how will this affect the Elder Scrolls single player? Are they gonna blow that off?.. ;(
  4. Am now tempted to get this, just hope it doesn't flop like SWTOR and D3 did.
  5. FUS RO DAH!
  6. I played during the final open BETA test and that was enough for me to decide this wasn't for me... and I was gutted by that decision.Any populated area is complete chaos with people, horses and more just spawning out of nowhere all around you. The only way not to get annoyed and distracted is to blank out most of what is going on around you which is a complete contradiction from what is supposed to be an immersive MMO.More than that though is that I found the intro sparse and almost none existent, I felt lost and had no real idea of where I should go, what I should do whren I got there nor why I should do any of it.As for the graphics, it looked good but nothing to blow me away and certainly there was nothing that I felt was better than Skyrim on the same rig, even without Skyrim's mods running. I just want to also add what this article doesn't cover in that your personal PC hardware may well run the game very smoothly but as with any other online game, it's smoothness is more down to the internet connection of yourself and those you choose to game with. From my experience, a fibre connection is an absolute must for smooth gameplay.
  7. How is the user interface on this ? Is it as bad as in Skyrim ?I am wondering if I should try this game but if the interface is "console-like", it would certainly speak against it.
  8. played this game in the beta invitational. it sucks bad just because it changes the gameplay to the boring, old fashion, 1 2 3 4 key skill/spell. i've quit wow because of that, even D3 and GW2 failed at that. The only games I liked nowadays for the combat system are Tera and Neverwinter. TES is nice because you play it like an FPS, and with the gamepad was really nice. just because of this I can judge it a total fail. I've played 3 hours before removing the game. is something changed meanwhile? i want it more action. like a Reckoning Online. no ones roleplays online anymore, the DAoC era is gone.
  9. I watch some people play this live on twitch an being a fan ever since Morrowind I have to say I'm not that impressed or interested. There is a part of me that wants to give it a try but there is a bigger part of me saying don't fall for this money pit. $15 a month isn't really the issue speaking of money... it's just the fact that it cost something every month in general. I love the elder scrolls series but I've never been a fan of MMORPG. It takes too much dedication to feel accomplished in a game of this genre an with that said it takes away from the instant gratification I got playing the other games in this series.It should have just been a multiplayer release an not an actual MMORPG. Like just a single player storyline type of thing but with the option to let a group of friends join you. Kind of like Diablo 3 or Dead Island I guess you could say.The PVP idea IMO is trash. A duel arena against other people using your character from your current campaign would had sufficed. Though there is nothing I can say that will change anything so there you have it Zenimax.... You lost another faithful fan on this title. Hopefully you will announce a fallout 4 (offline) title soon or your next Single Player Elder Scrolls title. If not you can count me out forever.
  10. why Radeon 280X performance falls below GTX 760?
  11. I'm thinking that this could be very good actually, IF they did it like Torchlight 2 or D2. The ability to play OFFLINE or with your selected friends on LAN and, when you wanted to, go online to participate in war, event, hanging out w/ stranger or something. Double the initial price or whatever, but with those feature I mention, "Shut up and take my money!". If it stays like this, I'll never touch it.
  12. Im running this on the A10-7850K APU using integrated graphics with 8 gigs of dual channel ram on high with no problem
  13. many thing odd and wrong in this article, gpu test has no 780 vs the 290x, and more people run high hz monitor in 1080p than that rare wide thing.the cpu part has amd 8350 that should be expected, but no i5 4670, and still you ppl run aa, pls do not use grafics blur that dont add any fidelety to image. like motionblur, antialiasing and the fucus distance blur thing.
  14. I was actually really pleased by how well ESO ran on my Mac, as it's not a gaming machine at all and is now pretty old; it's a 2008 Mac Pro with GeForce 8800 GT, while it's CPU performance is still strong, most budget gaming PCs will run circles around it on most titles. Even so, I was able to run ESO at 1080p (though I think the game graphics themselves were at 720p) and at the High setting with a few tweaks. Looked pretty good, and ran really well, except for the unbearable fan noise on my GPU that is.
  15. I have an A-10 6700 APU with a EVGA GTX 750 Ti Sc but I'll never share benchmarks of it on ESO until they show me that the game is worth my money. Right now I'm not paying $15.00/month until some new content is uploaded an until I see them stay true to their promise with updates that make it worth my while an not just little BS updates that I never would notice.
  16. How does the GTX 660 score slightly BETTER than the R9 280X? When i built my gaming rig i originally had a GTX 660 and when i replaced it with my R9 280X it was night and day difference in performance in every game...Am i missing something or is that just a mistake on toms side.
  17. Quote:
    Now that this pipe dream is released, where is a Fallout 4 acknowledgement?
    It's a different studio. Both published by Bethesda but Fallout and Elder Scrolls are developed by Bethesda Game Studios while Elder Scrolls Online is developed by Zenimax Online.
  18. XxXGunXxXGraveXxX said:
    How does the GTX 660 score slightly BETTER than the R9 280X? When i built my gaming rig i originally had a GTX 660 and when i replaced it with my R9 280X it was night and day difference in performance in every game...Am i missing something or is that just a mistake on toms side.


    The game clearly favors Nvidia graphics cards, at least with the build tested. But as you also see with the absence of SLI and Crossfire profiles, driver work isn't done on the game, so it's possible AMD just hadn't optimised their drivers while Nvidia had, giving Nvidia a huge artificial advantage. Time will tell if that's the case.
  19. Sweet, look at that 8350 rocking out almost nearly catching an i3.... go AMD!
  20. I just started playing this game a couple of days ago and I'm having a good time - My advice is do not listen to the negative people in regards to this game Most of them view the game with preconceived notions and are mostly butt hurt single player fanboys that didn't want them to make a MMO. There is no way to make a MMO exactly like a single player game like Skyrim. Making a MMO is way harder and a huge investment,. The game is way high budget and they are committed to the game for the long haul and will be adding tons of content. They claim there is something like 40 million different types of weapons which is probably more than Diablo 3. Monthly sub fee is no big deal most successful games have had it. WoW has had a monthly fee for almost 10 years now. Monthly fee gets you content - F2P does not. I'm playing the game with a quad core, 4gb of ram, and a Radeon 4890 so you don't need a new, expensive video card to run the game.
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    I have an A-10 6700 APU with a EVGA GTX 750 Ti Sc but I'll never share benchmarks of it on ESO until they show me that the game is worth my money. Right now I'm not paying $15.00/month until some new content is uploaded an until I see them stay true to their promise with updates that make it worth my while an not just little BS updates that I never would notice.
    15 dollars a month is that big of a challenge for you? Seriously? You must have missed out on a lot of good games. They will add content I'm sure but remember no game maker can add enough content to satisfy people that play 16 hours a day. That's why it's stupid for people to rush through games as fast as possible.
  22. Shinethelight99 said:
    The game is way high budget and they are committed to the game for the long haul and will be adding tons of content.

    Well, you could have said the same for SWTOR, and that kind of fell flat.
  23. Quote:
    I'm thinking that this could be very good actually, IF they did it like Torchlight 2 or D2. The ability to play OFFLINE or with your selected friends on LAN and, when you wanted to, go online to participate in war, event, hanging out w/ stranger or something. Double the initial price or whatever, but with those feature I mention, "Shut up and take my money!". If it stays like this, I'll never touch it.
    That has to be the worst idea I've ever heard for a game like ESO. You do realize offline makes the game susceptible to hacking and mass amounts of cheating right? That's why Blizzard made D3 online only because of all the people that cheat and ruin the game for everyone else.
  24. Anyone running this on a laptop with an AMD A10 processor? Wondering how it might run since I am going to buy a new laptop and wonder how it will run on an AMD powered one. I bought it and will level in it. It is quite boring. The world is very beautiful if you are into the Elder Scrolls World and it's different. I am quite happy with WoW combat and I find it boring so, God knows how others will find it. I also miss the usual MMO interface with lots of icons. It's very clean and uncluttered but you don't have a sense of progression. I play MMOs just as a vehicle for interaction and the game will be as good as the people so I will play and level a character over the next couple of months. The subscription fees mean I will play in a concentrated way and then not play until a future expansion. I'll move from ESO to Wildstar to the next WoW expansion at the end of the year so I am just paying for one.
  25. At least I know none of my machines will have problems running this, should I decide to play it. My rigs equipped with an HD 5850 will at least be capable of medium and maintain great fps. Even my GTS 450 equipped rig should do fine with the resolution it plays at. Looking at Anandtech's bench, it does well in Skyrim 1680 x 1050. That system is still stuck with a 1280x1024 monitor. The game was done right with regards to hardware requirements. People with i3, Phenom II X4, and faildozer rigs can go out and buy a GTX 750ti and still enjoy nice settings with great FPS. I would have liked to seen a Pentium G thrown in the mix just to see how the performance differs from just a pure dual core. I suspect, even a lowly Pentium G 3220 would do fine with this, though. I never did find the time to play the Beta, sadly.
  26. Is the gtx 770 in this review 4gb or 2 gb? Its interesting to see such a large gap between it and the gtx 760.
  27. That_Guy88 said:
    Is the gtx 770 in this review 4gb or 2 gb? Its interesting to see such a large gap between it and the gtx 760.

    It's a 2GB version, all the hardware is listed on page 3 of the review.
  28. Subscription based still is a bad idea. But hey, I have my Guild Wars 2, so no worries.
  29. Kind of funny... The R9 270 is bottlenecking the overclocked i7 in the CPU test.
  30. I know the folks complaining about paying $15 a month make me laugh. What do you expect a handout? Guess what it takes money to manage servers and hire people to manage the game. Unless you think that is free then you have issues.I still pay SOE $15 a month for my Everquest account. Lets see if this game last half as long.
  31. spookyman said:
    I know the folks complaining about paying $15 a month make me laugh. What do you expect a handout? Guess what it takes money to manage servers and hire people to manage the game. Unless you think that is free then you have issues.I still pay SOE $15 a month for my Everquest account. Lets see if this game last half as long.


    I have no problem with paying the $15/month but I want to see results first. I want to see a few content updates come out an see if its worth playing this game in general. Regardless of rather or not its p2p or f2p
  32. spookyman said:
    I know the folks complaining about paying $15 a month make me laugh. What do you expect a handout? Guess what it takes money to manage servers and hire people to manage the game. Unless you think that is free then you have issues.I still pay SOE $15 a month for my Everquest account. Lets see if this game last half as long.


    Tell that to League of Legends(Riot) and Guild Wars 2(NCsoft).
  33. Zombie615 said:

    I have no problem with paying the $15/month but I want to see results first. I want to see a few content updates come out an see if its worth playing this game in general. Regardless of rather or not its p2p or f2p



    Soooo Guild Wars 2 has all you ask and you pay ~400$ for it ONCE.

    Regular updates and major updates every few months with constant living story that change the landscape and world as these events happen in the world.
  34. They still have to charge for something to pay the bills, right?
  35. logainofhades said:
    They still have to charge for something to pay the bills, right?


    Knowing you, that's sarcasm? :)
  36. Yes and no. :lol: Though 400 for GW2 seems kinda steep.
  37. well, no one expects games for free, I don't mind paying a box-fee nor do I mind paying a subscription but couldn't the subscriptions be cheaper? Why not £4 per month if you buy 6 months or something like that? ESO is expensive to buy as well. I think, as the piece said, you can understand them wanting to make money back on launch which will be the time when most people will be prepared to purchase and pay for subscriptions, then modify the plan as they lose subscribers. What is interesting with WoW is they are clearly trying to sustain their profit by continuously scaling back the support. Once upon a time you got in-game GM support and if you called up you got through to someone. I called up blizzard a month or so ago and it refers you to their website.
  38. I'll never understand why ZeniMax decided on an MMO. I think what people truly wanted was an Elder Scrolls game that had co-op so you could share your game world with friends. Or at least that is what I wanted. =P
  39. Why no 1080p for GTX 780? Man, it sure is nice when you see a test system, and realize your system meets or beats it. =DLooks like my system would run the game with great at max (As expected). Still not getting it though, them splitting the Imperial race to some "up sale" package killed the game in my eyes. Thanks for the info, but it would be nice to put the 1080p 780 results up. You act like there is no game that it can't keep super high fps with at that res. Also, 90% of gamers out there use 1080p.
  40. I played multiple Beta's. This is not Elder Scrolls. I'm not a graphics over gameplay guy - but for the ES franchise I expect each new game to set the GFX bar impossibly high when it comes out. On Ultra on my 30" 2560 monitor this looks meeehhhh. Its also unplayable because I have 2x5870s which are capable of running Skyrim maxed out - but ESO doesn't do SLI. So it really looks dull. ES has never been known for combat/gameplay - so I won't complain about that. But the things I associate with ES are missing. Does this make me feel like I'm the hero or villain saving or pillaging the world? No! Does it have an epic main story, along with numerous long engaging side quest arcs? No! Do my actions effect the world in a meaningful way? No. Can I become the ultimate badass and lay waste to everything I want? No. Can I create custom spells and armor/weapons? No. Do you get wanderlust and simply decide to walk from point A to point B and see what you find? No. You have so many go here, get that, bring back quests, you pretty much just stare at the arrow on the mini map the whole time. The only thing that had redemption value was PvP and they even screwed that up. The PvP map is way to big and empty! This type of PvP tends to have a couple gankers running around killing people trying to do quests, and then 2 big parties fighting over a single control point. This map almost seems like they expect to have 3 or 4 assaults and defenses going on at the same time.
  41. Quote:
    many thing odd and wrong in this article, gpu test has no 780 vs the 290x, and more people run high hz monitor in 1080p than that rare wide thing.the cpu part has amd 8350 that should be expected, but no i5 4670, and still you ppl run aa, pls do not use grafics blur that dont add any fidelety to image. like motionblur, antialiasing and the fucus distance blur thing.
    Normal antialiasing techniques (MSAA and SSAA) actually increase the fidelity of the image by sampling each pixel multiple times to get a more accurate color and reduce shimmering.The newer, faster antialiasing methods (MLAA and FXAA) are a blurring type of antialiasing. These just blur jagged edges, still have shimmering, and make text hard to read.Motion blur and Depth of Field are harder to justify. Good implementations can be outstanding and immersive. Poor implementations can completely ruin a game.They seem to require very high FPS (100+) to work properly, they just feel to laggy at low FPS.
  42. I've been playing elder scrolls online during the early access period and it is a fun game. Some minor down time but does have the skyrim feel to it. I just got high enough to do the pvp and it is very fun as well. I've played a lot of mmo's and this one is the most elaborate so far.
  43. I have a i7 4770k @ 4.6ghz and a gtx 690 overclocked. BUT its not the point. Well done IGN for speaking to the PC market with this article. Love it! Bring it on!
  44. This new comment system is terrible. My quote didn't work and the newlines were deleted. I don't even know how to edit my comments anymore. (There used to be a link to the forums...)
  45. " My advice is do not listen to the negative people in regards to this game Most of them view the game with preconceived notions and are mostly butt hurt single player fanboys that didn't want them to make a MMO."Wow - so anyone that doesn't agree with you is a fag huh? I've paid to play a number of MMOs. WoW, LotrO, DnDO, SWTOR. I've also played every ES game since Arena. This does not set a new bar for graphics - not even for an MMO. That's expected from an MMO. This does not have a compelling story arc like LOTRO. Not even as good as SWTOR.Is it salvageable? I don't know. Could they really redo the whole story arc to make it like LOTRO? Can they let modders massively improve the GFX like in Skyrim? Can they make PvP global instead of just 1 sector like WoW? (The siege stuff can stay Cryodill only).
  46. Fokissed said:
    This new comment system is terrible. My quote didn't work and the newlines were deleted. I don't even know how to edit my comments anymore. (There used to be a link to the forums...)


    Agreed. Here is forum link.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2092674/elder-scrolls-online-run.html#13027952
  47. logainofhades said:
    Yes and no. :lol: Though 400 for GW2 seems kinda steep.


    LOL meant 40$ obviously.
  48. Novuake said:
    logainofhades said:
    Yes and no. :lol: Though 400 for GW2 seems kinda steep.


    LOL meant 40$ obviously.


    Yea, kinda what I figured. :p
  49. The PvP is awesome though. I know some people refer to its as from another game but I've only seen it in this game and it's fun. I'm running the 1080P R9 290X and its FPS caps at 100(I have a 144Hz monitor).
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