Elder Scrolls Online System Requirements

Game: The Elder Scrolls Online
Content Type: Gaming News
Date: October 24, 2013

UPDATE 1/29/14: Today Bethesda released the minimum Elder Scrolls Online system requirements for PC and Mac. They are as follows:

PC System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows XP 32-bit
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
  • Memory: 2GB System RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 60GB free HDD space
  • Video Card: DirectX 9.0 compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 880/ATI Radeon 2600 or better)
  • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card

Mac System Requirements

  • Operating System: Mac OSX 10.7.0 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT330M or ATI Radeon HD 6490M or better
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 60 GB
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

You will also need a persistent internet connection in order to play. System requirements are subject to change over time.

As you know, the Skyrim Fansite has been covering the upcoming release of the Elder Scrolls Online — the MMORPG that will allow players to explore the world of Tamriel in an exciting new way. The Elder Scrolls Online is the next title in the Elder Scrolls series, following on the heels of the wildly-popular Skyrim video game. ESO is slated to launch in the Spring of 2014 and is currently undergoing beta testing. When the game finally launches, will your gaming rig have enough juice to support the enhanced graphics and gameplay? ZeniMax Online Studios won’t reveal the exact game specs until closer to launch time, but this is what we know so far regarding the Elder Scrolls Online system requirements:

Elder Scrolls Online System RequirementsTo start with, the Elder Scrolls Online will be available to play on the following platforms:

  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 4
  • PC
  • Mac

If you plan on playing ESO on the new generation Xbox or Playstation, you don’t have to be concerned about the Elder Scrolls Online system requirements — the game will be coded to work seamlessly with the new systems’ architecture. If your desire is explore Tamriel on a desktop or laptop computer however, you should know that ESO will work on any PC and Mac purchased in the last five years. According to the official Elder Scrolls Online website support section:

We have yet to announce system requirements for The Elder Scrolls Online, but our goal is to make the game playable on any PC (Windows OS) or Mac purchased within the last five years as well as on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We’ll discuss recommended PC/Mac specs closer to launch in Spring 2014, so be sure to check back for all the latest updates.

Obviously, this is great news for gamers concerned about the Elder Scrolls Online system requirements, for there’s no need to rush out and buy a new machine if your computer was purchased within the last five years. ZeniMax Online Studios created a brand new game engine specifically for ESO that promises to be stable and graphically awesome, allowing the game to run on a variety of computer systems.With that said, it should be noted that the better your PC or Mac’s graphics capability, the better the game will look on your machine.

ZeniMax Online Studios promises to reveal the exact Elder Scrolls Online system requirements closer to launch time. Spring 2014 is fast approaching, so it shouldn’t be too long until we know for certain what the specific PC and Mac requirements are. It’s reassuring to know that the game developers want ESO to be accessible to as many gamers as possible, so there’s no need to sweat if your machine was purchased within the last five years.

What do you think? Are you getting excited about the upcoming release of the Elder Scrolls Online? If so, what platform do you plan to play the game on? Share your opinions in the Speak Your Mind section below. Your fellow Skyrim fans will love to hear what you have to say!


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I’m planning to play Elder Scrolls Online on my macbook, though I may buy an xbox one if they’re not sold out in stores.


I have a MacBookPro 13″, early 2011
2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB

I know the graphics card is quite old now, but anyone think I’ll be able to run ES online in April? Should I just get PC version and use with bootcamp? Appreciate any input and thanks for all the info up top!

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Hi mumz — thanks for your comment 🙂 All your specs look good, but the graphics card may give you problems. The minimum requirement for Mac is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 (which apparently delivers double the performance from the 3000 series). If you get the PC version and run via Bootcamp, are you using the MacBook or a different Mac? I wasn’t 100% certain from your comment.

During beta testing on the PC, I tested two different graphics cards (an ATI Radeon 2600 in an old laptop and a NVIDIA 770 GTX in my new gaming rig). I could play ESO with the ATI Radeon, but the better card made a HUGE difference in the quality of the graphics, and ESO was more enjoyable to play.

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