Is Elder Scrolls Online Cross Platform? Answered
Elder Scrolls Online can be played on a Windows PC, an Xbox One, or a PlayStation 4, as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. However, one question that always comes up is whether or not the game is cross platform. Does ESO feature cross play functionality? We answer below.
Does Elder Scrolls Online Support Cross Play?
The quick answer is no, Elder Scrolls Online is not cross platform per se. Each version of the game is separate from the other, and players cannot interact with each other unless they are playing on the same console or platform. This means that if you want to play with your friends, you will need to make sure that everyone is using the same system.
However, with the 2020 release, the game now supports cross-generation play. This means that those playing on the Xbox One can play with those on the Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 4 players can play with those on the PlayStation 5. This is a great feature for those who want to upgrade to the next generation but don’t want to leave their friends behind. This cross play functionality also helps keep the player base active and engaged, which is good for the game’s longevity.
Will There be a Cross Platform Feature in the Future?
As of the moment, Zenimax Online Studios has neither confirmed nor denied their plans to make Elder Scrolls Online cross platform. Players will have to continue waiting for an official announcement from the developers. Nonetheless, there's always a possibility that the game will eventually be cross play, especially since more and more games are becoming available on multiple platforms.
The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle
In 2022, ZeniMax released a full expansion pack named The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle. This new content is based around the Systres archipelago, which is situated in the west of Tamriel. The region has never been explorable in any Elder Scrolls game before.
Its story focuses on a negotiation attempt by the three warring alliances in hopes to end the conflict. However, they're targeted by the Ascendant Order and must find a way to foil the latter's plans. The expansion introduced two new zones for exploration, a minigame, a new Trial, and two new companions. The game is playable on PC and consoles but still without cross platform support.
Cross platform support would be great for games like Elder Scrolls Online since it would allow players on different consoles to play with or against each other. However, it doesn't seem like that's something we're going to see anytime soon. For now, we'll just have to enjoy the game on our respective platforms without cross play. For more on ESO, head over here.
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