So, you like The Elder Scrolls Online, but you didn’t join the PC master race to the next phase of extra-planar reality with a stellar rig that costs more than a decent car. Now what do you do? Well, we feel that pain of surviving on the margins of existence, by merely scraping by. Therefore, we decided we’d show you exactly what it’s like to run the massively multiplayer online (MMO) title with all its setting off, instead of turning on all bells and whistles on. This is Tamriel, like you’ve never wanted to see it, but would if you run on a computer that still has an AGP slot and no PCI input. We mean old; if your setup is just old.
At least, the good news is that you too can run The Elder Scrolls Online! Cutting down on visuals goes deep, really deep. Basically, those “polygon” things you’ve heard about turn into Nintendo 64 renditions of their former, shiny glory. Still, also in tune with the finer times of early 3D environments, it does still retain some texture variety to still make for a mildly pleasing experience, be it one that runs with some of its lower MMO peers. You’ll still be running around in the Elder Scrolls universe. That’s something your run-of-the-mill MMO with a tight budget doesn’t have.
It’s actually pretty surprising just how much can be torn off the main experience and still look somewhat credible. It’s choppy, true, but we’ve been playing in these sorts of environments forever on other games and enjoyed ourselves immensely. You could be enjoying The Elder Scrolls Online as well, without fear of burning down the twigs holding your PC together.
Just for reference, we’ve also appended what the actual thing looks like to the following gameplay commentary. There’s also further details you may have missed from our Beta preview or gameplay videos.