Owing to the massive size of the game and the fact that the visual effects are better than any other Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, Elder Scrolls Online is one heavy software to run. Couple this with the brand new Hero Engine developed specifically for ESO, you are left with a fan base that is constantly complaining about why more visually demanding games are easier to run. Although, people are well above the recommended specs released for the game, performance is still lack-luster at best. There are several reasons behind this that range from outdated coding methodologies to haphazard development and inadequate testing sessions that have contributed to the non-satisfactory performance of ESO. However, after you take your computer through these few basic checks, we are confident that your game will perform better than the standard configuration.
Make sure your graphics drivers are up to date
Both Nvidia Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are consistently releasing driver updates for its graphic cards in an attempt to keep up with the ever-increasing demand being generated by video games at the bleeding-edge of technology. With newer games constantly pushing the limits of graphic hardware, gamers have grown accustomed to frequently updating their drivers. The same goes for Elder Scrolls Online, before you actually start to play the game, do yourself a favor and check whether the version of the drivers you are currently utilizing are the latest. Properly updating your drivers can sometimes be a tedious task however, it is made much simpler by the recently introduced Hardware management applications – Nvidia’s GeForce Experience and AMD’s Catalyst Suite. These hardware management applications make updating drivers an absolute walk in the park. If however you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can always direct yourself to your graphic card manufacturer’s website for an online detection of current drivers. You can visit these links to auto-detect the current version of your drivers.
Are you using the latest Direct X version?
Microsoft DirectX is a full suite of application programming interfaces (APIs) that manages all functions related to multimedia, video and game programming on Windows devices. Hence, making sure that you are running on the very latest version is of utmost importance. Currently, while DX12 is still under development and not supported by most of the games available now, DX11 is the most powerful, stable and versatile version available. It goes without saying that you need to make sure you have the latest version of DX11. Here are the steps you need to follow to ensure you’re on the right version:
1.Click the start button and Select ‘Run’ option ((WIN + R) for Windows 8 Users)
2.Enter the term ‘dxdiag’ to run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool that will return a configuration pane (Text file that contains all your computer’s specifications)
3.Locate Direct X Version line
I4.f your version is anything below DirectX 11, you need to visit this link to download the latest one with the help of the Direct X End-User Runtime Web Installer.
With these basic optimizations and checks you can ensure that your game is running at its best possible ability. If you are still experiencing issues with FPS drops and performance, or just generally want to fine tune the settings according to your personal liking.