Elder Scrolls Online Next-Gen Update Releases On June 8

The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced – Bethesda’s official name for the MMO’s next-gen update – is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on June 8. Anyone who currently owns ESO on PS4 or Xbox One will receive free access to the Console Enhanced edition, which features several graphical improvements and a jump to 60fps.

News of the next-gen update arrived during today’s Blackwood Chapter Preview Event, which provided a closer look at all the content arriving in June. The team said the Console Enhanced edition “represents a major leap forward for the game’s performance and visuals on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.”

You can see the improved graphics in action, thanks to the comparison trailer below:

Here are the graphical improvements the Console Enhanced edition will bring on June 8:

  • Next-Gen Performance: Previously, ESO ran at 30FPS on console, but with the next-generation power of Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the game will run at a crisp 60fps while in Performance Mode. If you’re looking for a visual feast, enjoy native 4K at 30FPS in ESO’s Fidelity Mode.
  • Increased Draw Distance: For players who love to admire ESO’s vast beauty, the game’s draw distance has nearly been doubled, allowing a deeper view 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.
  • Other Improvements: ESO: Console Enhanced brings about several other changes like improved reflections, shadows, depth of field, ambient occlusion with screen space global illumination, along with updated antialiasing and unlocked textures.

The team mentioned more info about ESO: Console Enhanced will be announced in the weeks leading up to its June 8 launch, so stay tuned for more details.

We also got a closer look at the Blackwood Chapter arriving on June 1. This included more details on the new Companions System, the Gates of Oblivion storyline, and a new trailer.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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