TESO “Runs Really Well” on Average PCs, Amazing on High-End

Earlier today at E3, I had a chance to play a little Elder Scrolls Online for the first time.

In addition to being a lot of fun (read our TESO hands-on preview right here by Dan O’Halloran, who knows way more than I), it also looked pretty amazing on the demo PCs at the booth. And it looked especially good for what you tend to see in MMOs.

So, what’s going on under the hood, graphically speaking, in TESO? Here’s what I saw in the graphics settings menu. Basically, everything was set to ULTRA. This should give you an idea of what sorts of bells and whistles PC gamers will get to play with, but by no means should be considered a final list:

Presets: Ultra High
Display: Full Screen
Sub Sampling: Normal (maxed)
View Distance: High (maxed)
Textures: High-Res
Shadows: Ultra
Particle Density: Ultra
Resolution: 2560×1400

To find out a little more about the rig and how the game scales graphically, I caught up with Dave Blodgett, IT staff at Zenimax Online.

Here’s what he had to say about how the demo rig, and also how the game scales with lesser PCs:

“The great thing about the game is it scales really well. We run it in the office on your standard, run-of-the-mill PC with an average grahics card and it runs really well.

“For the show here, we’re running some nice 2560×1440 monitors on ultra settings. We’re running it on a core i7 3770, 8 gigs of ram. It’s got an SSD, helps with the load time. We’re running an NVIDIA GeFORCE GTX 680.”

That’s pretty beastly, to be sure. But this sounds like good news on both fronts for PC gamers. With a monster PC the game looks great, and it sounds like Zenimax Online are thinking of more modest rigs as well.

Stay tuned to Game Front for more TESO news as we have it.

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