8 improvements ESO is getting with the next-gen version on PS5 & Xbox Series X


8 improvements ESO is getting with the next-gen version on PS5 & Xbox Series X

In the summer of 2020, an upgrade for “Next Gen” upgrade for the MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) was announced, which brings graphical improvements on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S. It is now clear what the update looks like and when it will come.

When does the upgrade appear? Zenimax Online has announced that this update, titled "Console Enhanced", will be released on June 8th. At the same time as the release of the console version of Blackwood , the next big expansion of the MMORPG.

ESO is getting a lot prettier on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S

The upgrade brings these changes: It is already clear how exactly the graphics of ESO will improve compared to the current version. You can expect these changes:

  • 60 fps - Previously, ESO's performance was limited to 30 fps on Xbox One and PS4. It changes. On Xbox Series X / S and PS5 you can play with the Enhanced Edition in 60 fps, which makes things much smoother. However, more fps have other effects. A high frame rate even makes it possible to do more damage , as the example of Black Desert Online shows. This is due to the fact that players can react faster with a smoother gameplay and that part of the animations can be canceled with higher frame rates. This will make combos run faster, causing you more damage.
  • Increased View Range - The update nearly doubles the range of vision so you can see more of the world of Tamriel. This is especially interesting for PvP. Because it has advantages to see the opponents in the distance. This is why it is also important in the PC version to set the visibility in the options as high as possible.
  • Higher resolution textures - The textures appear more detailed and finer and come close to those of the PC version. Everything no longer looks as blurred and fuzzy as before.
  • Optimized anti-aliasing - The flickering at the edges of leaves, grass and buildings is reduced, making objects look sharper from a distance. How the anti-aliasing will affect the performance cannot currently be said. It is very possible that players turn this option off for fast PvP battles in order to get more fps.
  • Improved reflections - water and reflective surfaces get nicer reflections, which should increase the details and also the realism It is also conceivable that more detailed reflections make a difference in PvP, as opponents could be more easily identified based on their reflection in the water, for example.
  • Improved shadows and ambient obscuration - Shadows have a higher resolution and appear sharper and thanks to the optimized ambient obscuration there is more detail in the shading.
  • Improved depth of field - The backgrounds in the game should look more realistic and appear softer when you interact with NPCs.
  • Shorter loading times - Due to the SSD hard drives in the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S, the loading times should be significantly shorter. Zenimax assumes that they will even cut in half. So far, console gamers have had to wait several minutes before they get out of their house or room into the wilderness, for example. Players speak of 5 to 10 minutes here (via reddit ). Even just loading a hero in order to be able to play takes 3 to 4 minutes on the console (via reddit ). Halving these times would therefore be desirable.

The balancing will be interesting here. PS5 and Xbox Series X / S players will play with improved visuals and higher fps alongside those who are still on the PS4 and Xbox One. Especially in PvP, unfair advantages such as more damage must not come about.

How does it look? The developer had already published a video about the graphics upgrade to illustrate the improvements. You can check it out here:

This is why the update could be important

ESO struggles with performance problems, especially on consoles. The developers have been working on this problem for a long time. The revision of the Champion Points system has already resulted in slight improvements. But especially the "Console Enhanced" version could score points in terms of performance and make the MMORPG playable at least on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S. 60 fps are an announcement from the team. It remains to be seen, of course, whether this can also be achieved. We will see that on June 8th.

What does the community say about the improvements? The trailer for the "Console Enhanced" version of ESO is well received. We summarize some of the voices of the players here:

  • Robert Walsh says (via Youtube ): “It runs at 60 fps? That's the only thing that matters to me. "
  • Revo writes (via Youtube ): “This is wonderful. I can not wait any longer."
  • Stone Legion - Let's Play explains (via Youtube ): "That's great and I'm already having a lot of fun with ESO."
  • SSG_Ronnie is disappointed with one thing (via Youtube ): “So no ray tracing update? I hope that you will improve the graphics even more. "

Zenimax Online would like to reveal even more about it before the release of the "Console Enhanced" upgrade for ESO. Because there should be a performance and quality mode. We will find out exactly what the differences are in the coming weeks.

What do you think of the upgrade? Do you like the new graphics?

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