How to fix lag in The Elder Scrolls Online?

ZeniMax Media and Bethesda announced that The Elder Scrolls Online offers the largest PvP battles seen in MMORPG´s / Online RPGS. We did ask players if there are any performance issues, especially when it comes to PVP fights and the answers were YES. As experienced online gamers know, PVP fights are always vulnerable to latency or lag issues. It is one thing to lag from time to time while questing or fighting bosses, but when it comes to PVP, competitive players can get quite fast upset when lag happens!

In order to have your computer, system and internet connection in proper function, we would like to introduce some step you can undertake to avoid latency, ping or other lag issues in The Elder Scrolls online!

The Elder Scrolls Online performance tips

The Elder Scrolls Online doesn't only features alliances and big alliance wars, it also looks like that joining an alliance and maybe become an crowned emperor is one of the major goals in the online game, as crowed emperors will get special abilities. The huge alliance wars are heavy on the game servers and on the players computer as well.

Players shouldn't forget that their ISP needs to provide them with a fast and stable line or signal. However, as the The Elder Scrolls Online can also be played in single mode, performance or lag issues can literally happen every where!

The developers of The Elder Scrolls Online announced that the players should be able to play with computer setups not older than five years!



System Requirements for The Elder Scrolls Online (unofficial)

Please note that these are not the official system requirements of the Elder Scrolls Online. These system requirements only serving and informative purpose, to help player to understand what are computer systems not older than five years in order to run The Elder Scrolls Online:

Operating System: Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7/Windows® 8

Processor: Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon 64 X2Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.6GHz or better

Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT,ATI Radeon HD 4830 (512 MB) or better

Memory: 2 GB RAM or more

Internet: Broadband internet connection min. 256kbs or faster. Wired connection preferred!


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Causes of lag, latency or high ping in The Elder Scrolls Online!

One of the bigger issues players can experience in the game are latency issues caused be the game server, the ISP or the players computer. High latency is causing a high ping and that is one of the main lag causes (beside not meeting the system requirements, hardware or software issues). Of course there are tons and tons of reason causing increased latency, high ping and lag!

List of top lag causes in The Elder Scrolls Online:

1. Latency or ping issues caused by the game server

2. Latency or ping issues caused by the players ISP

3. Latency, ping, graphics, sound or CPU" Memory performance issues caused at players computer

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How to avoid performance and lag issues in The Elder Scrolls Online?


Mega Server

The Elder Scrolls Online uses "Mega Server" a new scaling server technology that allows to host all players on one player management server, what actually is a group of servers used to allow players hosted on the same server being in different worlds.

As we understand this technology it could possible lower latency issues caused by overloaded (crowed) game servers. Example for this would be big towns whit thousands of players. Usually towns with such high population could cause lag for one or that other player! Also hug PvP battles could possible benefit form the Mega Servers.

Yet, latency issues are not only caused by game servers!


Game Server

When the game server causes lag, you the player cannot directly influence! Only the game server admins can fix it. Game server issues are usually fixed very fast, so be patience is the best bet.

You might want to check out the support website of The Elder Scrolls online and check for announcements!

There is one exception regarding game server lag, where you the player can take action. Some game servers do start to lag for individual players when the lag technically is caused at the players or ISP end. In other words: If your computer has lag issues it can (rarely) happen that actually YOU causes the lag at the game server. But please note that game servers can disconnect those players form the server to avoid latency or ping issues!

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Weak signal, bad lines or a general unstable low quality services provided by your ISP can cause latency and ping issues. As it is essential to have a fast performing (it is not always only the speed) and stable internet connection in order to play The Elder Scrolls Online you should test your internet connection speed and ping regularly.

You can use Latency Optimizer or Speedtest4free (here) to monitor, save, compare and analyse your internet connection speed and ping! If you notice that there are issues that are not caused by your modem / router (Check out our router service) or your Computer, you will need to ask your ISP for assistance!

Your Computer and connected peripherals

You must understand that your computers hardware, operating system related registry settings, services and process, installed 3rd party software, wrongly configured virus-scanners, firewalls or other security applications can cause lag! Also, not regularly updated drivers, firmware or overloaded CPU and System Memory can cause issues as well.

We did already post quite some info about how to troubleshoot and track down lag issues! Please browse through our blog for the related articles or visit the recommended articles at the end of this article!

In any case solving lag issues caused at your end is a heavy task and sometimes it can take ages to find and fix one of the numerous reasons!

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