Elder Scrolls Online doesn't require PS Plus, does require Xbox Live Gold

Elder Scrolls Online won't require a Plus subscription to play on PlayStation 4, but you will need Gold to play on Xbox One. Either way, you'll need to pay the $14.99 monthly subscription fee.

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If you have your pick of consoles, playing The Elder Scrolls Online will be slightly cheaper on Sony's platform. ZeniMax Online Studios has confirmed that you'll be able to play online without a PlayStation Plus subscription on PlayStation 4, but you'll still need Gold to access it on Xbox One. Naturally, you'll still need to pay the monthly subscription fee no matter which platform you choose.

In a Q&A on the PlayStation Blog, game director Matt Firor said that Plus isn't required for to play on the PS4. Bethesda subsequently told Joystiq that Gold will be required on Xbox One. Being a little more cozy with Sony makes sense, as putting the game out on consoles at all was apparently their idea.

The much larger cost across both consoles and PC, though, will be the subscriptions. It's set at $14.99 per month, so even without the added cost of a console subscription you'll be paying out-of-pocket for the privilege. It's set to hit PC in April, followed by the console releases in June.

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    January 28, 2014 10:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Elder Scrolls Online doesn't require PS Plus, does require Xbox Live Gold.

    Elder Scrolls Online won't require a Plus subscription to play on PlayStation 4, but you will need Gold to play on Xbox One. Either way, you'll need to pay the $14.99 monthly subscription fee.

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      January 28, 2014 10:48 AM

      Too bad they didn't go the SE route and let PS4 play nice with PC. I think that would create a larger pool of players and help the game's longevity, especially on consoles.

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      January 28, 2014 11:45 AM

      I wonder if MS is getting tired of having Sony continually making them look bad. And I am no Sony fanboy. I have both an X360 and a PS3. I do use the PS3 more, but mostly because my stepson uses the X360 a lot of the time. It just seems that every time something like this pops up, MS ends up looking bad.

      For the record, I am going to be getting a PS4 in the near future, and have no plans on an X1.

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        January 28, 2014 11:58 AM

        by any chance does your stepson have red hair?

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        January 28, 2014 12:03 PM

        Probably not, since MS has loyal fans who will slurp up anything they give them regardless of the competition.

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        January 28, 2014 1:35 PM

        I consider myself an Xbox fan but I gotta say, it's not Sony making Microsoft look bad, it's Microsoft making Microsoft look bad. Just like how Sony made themselves look bad back in 2006. Microsoft barely etched out higher number over the PS3 this past gen and decided that they suddenly knew what their fans wanted.

        I still see the point in requiring Gold for Elder Scrolls, the game doesn't use Xbox Live servers.

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      January 28, 2014 2:30 PM

      nobody is going to pay 15 bucks a month for a game anymore. not when the game costs 60 bucks. What a bunch of ignorant wishful thinkers.

      This game will go the route of Conan and Star Wars.

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        January 28, 2014 2:52 PM

        To be fair, there's the FFXIV outlier, which seems to be doing well. But I agree, I'd much rather buy ESO and have that be all there is to it.

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          January 28, 2014 4:35 PM

          In November they reported FF14 2.0 had sold 1.45 million copies before October, and had 600k subs in November. Ignoring any sales they made in that extra month, that's still a big drop off. This looks pretty comparable to what happened to TOR, despite 14 2.0 having almost 3 years of content development since 1.0's launch, compared to TOR being a completely new game.

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        January 28, 2014 6:31 PM

        If it plays like Skyrim, I might.

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          January 28, 2014 6:44 PM

          It doesn't. It plays like a 3rd person MMO with Elder Scrolls flavor.

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        January 28, 2014 6:55 PM

        But you'll get one month free!

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      January 28, 2014 6:23 PM

      No way in Hades I'm paying $60 up front for a game, then $40 a year for XBL, THEN $15 a month for a subscription.
      Well, if it makes me hit the lotto every week and be surrounded by Playmates 24/7 I would, but I don't see that happening.

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        January 28, 2014 6:40 PM

        having an xbox without gold would kind of suck, mp is where its at

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          January 28, 2014 9:08 PM

          You are right, thats one of the reasons why gaming on pc is better

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      January 28, 2014 7:26 PM

      I thought all multiplayer games required PS+ on ps4?

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        January 28, 2014 7:59 PM

        They might be making some exceptions for subscription based titles and other games. Wasn't there some F2P games on the 360 that didn't require gold?

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          January 28, 2014 8:02 PM

          Oh, I guess it's just Project Spark, which isn't out yet.

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      January 28, 2014 7:31 PM

      What was the last viable $15/mo MMO?

      WoW redefined and ruined the market - it's weird that no one caught on.

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      January 28, 2014 8:04 PM

      $14.99 a month uh yeah no. free 2 play or get out.

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      January 28, 2014 8:55 PM

      Wanna scratch your butt? Gonna need a Live subscription. -Microsoft

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