The Elder Scrolls Online Shows Off New Next-Gen Enhancements (VIDEO)
Even as Microsoft effectively absorbed ZeniMax and Bethesda, it appears plans will continue as usual for The Elder Scrolls Online, with the game setting up plenty of support for both Xbox and PlayStation for the foreseeable future. Not only is an epic new expansion on the way, but a next-gen update is currently in the works for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, with developers aiming to take advantage of both hardware’s considerable processing abilities.
Ahead of the update’s planned release, a recent blog post from ZeniMax Online Studios has detailed an array of improvements soon gracing the next-gen versions of The Elder Scrolls Online. Of the slated enhancements, players were said to expect a more vibrant experience in the form of improved Fidelity and Performance modes. Including the likes of 60 frames-per-second, Performance mode is centered around the obvious idea of smoother performance, while Fidelity is more about prettifying a “Truly Unlimited” realm of Tamriel.
In addition to the aforementioned frame rate, the Console Enhanced edition also brightens up visuals, with higher-resolution textures, nearly double the rendered draw distance, as well as significantly sliced load times owed to both consoles’ SSD storage. In addition, the next-gen Elder Scrolls Online also boasts a much smoother antialiasing method, improved depth of field, as well as some especially spiffy upgrades like more realistic planar reflections, a dynamic ambient occlusion lighting system, and an overall visual boost to in-game shadows.
While the aforementioned upgrade is sure to make next-gen users excited for the future, ZeniMax teased more information about the Console Enhanced edition – specifically about the Performance and Fidelity Modes – is set to arrive in the coming weeks. The update itself is scheduled to hit PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on June 8th, releasing alongside the title’s Update 30 patch as well as the anticipated Blackwood chapter steeped in Oblivion.
The Elder Scrolls Online is currently available for Mac, PC, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
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