Differences between PC and Console versions of Elder Scrolls Online are covered on this page.


Most Notable Console differences

  • UI redesign. The Console design matches previous Elder Scrolls games such as Skyrim, which was optimized for consoles.
  • Controls. The control scheme for consoles is optimized for TVs and to take advantage of the controllers.
    • You can select Emotes directly from your menu and assign them to a quick slot on your radial menu.
  • Console version has Voice Chat
  • Console version features a Group Finder, that allows you to find a group based on "any", level, dungeon and difficulty.
  • Console has no Add-Ons
  • Console version is region-locked for DLC and Expansions (Morrowind).
  • Console Eso Plus is more expensive than PC Eso Plus


Console FAQ

  1. Will a monthly subscription be required to play The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited?

    No. After the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, the only requirements for PC/Mac players is a copy of the game, an internet connection, and a valid game account. For console players, an active Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership is also required.

  2. Will I need to be an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus member in order to play the console versions?

    Yes. As with any standard multiplayer game on these platforms, an internet connection and an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership will be required to play.

  3. How do I...?

    See our Controls page to get started. Other General Information is being updated to explain console controls.


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    • Console ESO+ cost the same as PC ESO+; 14.99 monthly, or the various pricing tiers; i.e.; monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, annually, I think it is still the same for both platforms, please correct me if I'm wrong.

      • Anonymous

        I've played xbox since release and just started playing pc. Hit 160 cp on pc in about a week with the help from free xp scrolls and double xp and jumped straight into non cp bgs and pvp. In my personal opinion. The pc servers are more populated. In pvp they zerg alot more. PC players are generally not as good as xbox in PVP. Not having area voice chat on pc is a shame as it brings such a good social and entertaining aspect of the game. There is nothing quite like taking nickle back with nickleback blaring down the mic, I know there are other services outside the game to voice chat on pc but the fun is really in the random encounters in area chat. Area chat really helps to add a personality to a random character and make them be memorable where as on pc no one really stands out. I got talking to some random people on xbox in pvp a few years ago. I joined there guild, built up relationships, had good laugh over the years and this year 6 of us went to Amsterdam from the uk and it was a blast. Xbox has alot of salty a toxic players (I think its a good thing as it makes them more memorable) due to the voice chat but also has really funny and friendly players. PC just feels numb with characters and guilds not having a personality and everyone comes across in the same boring way. On PC I play with the xbox interface and with an xbox controller as I couldn't get the hang of mouse and keyboard. PVE is generally easier on PC thanks to the help of addons which pretty much tell you how to play the game. Xbox feels more rewarding to play and more social despite being less populated but pc plays alot smoother and looks better. In terms of the cost they the same give or take a few £ here and there. Generally pc is much cheaper. I got it on steam at a good price. However my pc obviously costs alot more (i7 32gb ram 1080ti). I have upgraded to an xbox x when it came out and it runs alot better than on the standard xbox. I do recommend if you are going to play the xbox version to play it on a xbox x. I have razor chroma keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headset, headset stand, minikey pad and it looks really cool with the effects that come with eso with everything reacting to what is happing in game. I haven't seen and videos on this by others but it looks cool. I'm not sure if other brands have the same features.

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