The Elder Scrolls Online Next-Gen Backwards Compatibility FAQ  

10/11/2020

Get ready to continue your Elder Scrolls Online adventures on Xbox One X/S and PlayStation 5 thanks to backwards compatibility. Read our FAQ for everything you need to know about playing ESO on next-gen consoles!


Can I play ESO on next-gen consoles via backward compatibility when they launch?

Yes! You can continue your adventures in Tamriel on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 through backward compatibility mode immediately upon each console’s respective launch. You will be able to continue playing on your existing account with no loss of progression. Regardless of platform, you must be signed-in, using the same account, and have an active internet connection.


How do I play ESO on next-generation consoles with backward compatibility?

The way you download and play ESO on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 is the same as you might on previous generation consoles.

If you own a digital copy of ESO:

  1. Ensure your console has an active internet connection
  2. Sign in to your existing Xbox Gamertag or PSN ID
    • The one you used to play ESO previously
  3. Visit your game Library, locate The Elder Scrolls Online, and select the option to download

If you own a physical copy of ESO:

  1. Ensure your console has an active internet connection
  2. Sign in to your existing Xbox Gamertag or PSN ID
    • The one you used to play ESO previously
  3. Insert your game disk and launch the game
  4. Follow the instructions on the console to make sure the game is up to date

Once the download and install process is complete, you can play!

Note that if you no longer have the disc from your physical version of the game, you will not be able to play on the next generation console. Physical versions of the game will require the game disc in order to play on next generation. Finally, if you own a physical copy of The Elder Scrolls Online, you will not be able to make use of backwards compatibility if you have a digital-only next generation console.

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Will I be able to play with my same characters or start over?

Yes! You can continue playing with your same accounts via backward compatibility on your respective next-gen consoles without interruption or loss of progress—same characters, servers, everything!


Can I move from PlayStation 4 to Xbox Series X/S or Xbox One to PlayStation 5?

No. You cannot move your account from one console family to another.


Can I buy ESO on my Xbox One or PlayStation 4 console now and still get the free upgrade when I eventually buy a next-gen console?

If you currently own or plan to purchase an Xbox One or PS4 copy of The Elder Scrolls Online, you will be able to upgrade free to the next-gen version of the game for the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 upon its release.


What improvements to the game can I expect from backward compatibility?

ESO on the PlayStation 5 in backward compatibility mode runs essentially as a PS4 Pro, so if you have a base PS4, you will see much better graphical fidelity and a more stable frame rate. All PS5 users will see a significant improvement in load times.

ESO on the Xbox Series X in backward compatibility mode runs essentially as an Xbox One X, so if you currently play on a base Xbox One, you will see much better graphical fidelity and a more stable frame rate. All Xbox Series X users will see a significant improvement in load times over all previous gen Xboxes.

ESO in backward compatibility mode on Xbox Series S runs essentially as an Xbox One S, so if you currently play on a base Xbox One, you will see some fidelity upgrades. All Xbox Series S users will see a significant improvement in load times over all previous gen Xboxes.


Do you have any more info to share on ESO’s upgraded next-gen version?

For more on the upcoming next-gen upgraded version of ESO, check out this article on Bethesda.net.


If you have any additional questions or need technical support for ESO on next-gen consoles, please don’t hesitate to visit the Elder Scrolls Online Help Portal or contact the help team. 

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