Getting a Laptop for The Elder Scrolls VI now already?
Until The Elder Scrolls 6 is released, several more years will pass. This is already evident from the fact that at this year’s E3 there will be no room for the Skyrim successor of Bethesda. However, you can now secure a laptop for yourself which is future-proof and can handle the game requirements of the coming Elder Scrolls VI.
In an interview with IGN, Bethesda director Todd Howard talks a little bit about past and upcoming releases of the studio. He also talks about what they want to learn from the long-lasting success of Skyrim for The Elder Scrolls 6.
According to this, Skyrim is not only celebrated as a long-time success because of the lavish sales figures, but is especially happy about the long-lasting loyalty of the fans, who partly return to Skyrim again and again since 2011.
According to Howard, even eight years after release, millions of players would still be playing Skyrim on all platforms. And this even though Skyrim was never designed as a long-lasting service game. Especially the mod support plays – according to Howard – a big role in understanding this special feature.
“When we look at a Skyrim, or Fallout 4, the number of people still playing these games is breathtaking. Millions of players play every month and we have no contact with them whatsoever.”
“I know people joke about it online, but Skyrim is one of the bestselling games at Switch. It’s a hit on every platform we put it out on. And they love it, it’s almost infinitely playable with all the mods, and it was released eight years ago. So we know Elder Scrolls 6 has to be designed to be playable for a decade, at least.”
Bethesda sees the review of Fallout 76
Elder Scrolls 6 could therefore be developed from the ground up in such a way that even a few years after the release of the successor to Skyrim, the players will not be left alone by the studio, but will continue to be supported and supplied with content.
Fallout 76 is also said to have taught Bethesda a thing or two in this area. Fallout 76 is not the game fans were expecting, as Howard says the developers know.
What Elder Scrolls 6 will ultimately look like remains an open question. It’s also questionable if the service concept behind it can be compared to other games like Anthem or The Division 2. Maybe we can expect smaller DLCs instead, like Oblivion’s horse armor at the time.
Horse armor was good, but too expensive
In the same interview Howard mentioned the infamous horse armament DLC. The DLC for The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is generally considered one of the first forms of microtransaction in a video game and was already heavily criticized by many fans when it was released in 2006.
However, according to Howard, the armor sold great. In his opinion, this is due to the fact that the idea was basically not bad, but the price became a problem. The price – two dollars for the good piece – was partly due to the sale of ringtones and wallpapers at that time.
“The horse armour is not bad, the price at that time was the problem. […] I think it is good. You can outfit your horse, you can buy it, there’s a new dialogue, it raises the stats and we thought it’s probably worth “that much”. And somebody at Microsoft said: “This is less than what we sell backgrounds for. You should sell it for that and you can still reduce it.” So we said: “Ok”.
So DLC content linked to microtransactions could also be used in The Elder Scrolls 6 to provide players with years of new gaming experiences. But Howard doesn’t confirm this specifically. After all, there are still a few years to go – and who knows what the DLC landscape will look like until then.
Future-proof Gaming Laptops for The Elder Scrolls VI: Test
Ranking First: Razer Blade Pro 17
- Very high connectivity with many modern interfaces
- Good performance in everyday life
- Very good processing
- Chic and simple design
- Very loud under load
- Very high surface temperatures
Now in its third generation, the Razer Blade Pro makes many things radically different once again. Whilst the last version had a mechanical keyboard with its own volume control knob and a touchpad on the right side, it’s time to go back to the origin, or rather the essentials – the new generation of devices has taken over a lot from its little sister models and, in short, has simply been pumped up to a size of 17.3 inches. Whether the new Razer Blade Pro is more than just a larger version of the Blade 15, we want to clarify in this article.
In the past, Razer dared a lot of new things with the Blade Pro. For example, the touchpad was no longer positioned directly under the keyboard but on the right side for ergonomic reasons. Directly above it, a control knob for volume control was attached and Razer was one of the first notebook manufacturers ever to use mechanical keys. After having already left out the eighth core generation in the large pro devices and continued to rely on the Intel Core i7-7700HQ based on Kaby Lake, the company has now gone back to the essentials and adopted many features of the latest blade family.
First and foremost, the third generation of the Razer Blade Pro has become considerably more angular, thinner and above all lighter. While the corners were strongly rounded on the first units, they have now become more angular again – Razer has adopted the design language of its little sister models. Instead of the mechanical keyboard, there are again standard chiclet keys, the glass touchpad has been slightly larger and again positioned directly underneath the keyboard. The vapor-champer for cooling the processor and graphic card also remains, but the device has been made considerably thinner with a height of only 19.9 mm and has been considerably slimmed down with a weight of around 6.1 lbs.
To put it simply, the Blade Pro is thus a Blade 15 inflated to 17.3 inches, which however leaves considerably less choice in terms of hardware – especially in terms of the display. Thus, the new Razer Blade Pro is currently only available with a 17.3 inch IPS panel and a native Full HD resolution at 144 Hz: 4K, touchscreen or even an OLED screen are not an option. As far as the remaining components are concerned, Razer only installs the six-core Intel Core i7-9750H, the 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a maximum of two NVMe SSDs in M.2 format. On the graphics card side, there is a choice of an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6 video memory or a GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080, each in the efficient Max-Q design with 8 GB VRAM. Modern connections such as Thunderbolt 3, 2.5 Gbit/s Ethernet, WiFi 6 and a fast card reader, as well as high-quality audio output are not missing from the new Razer Blade Pro.
However, all this comes at a price: Depending on the 3D accelerator, you pay between about 2,700 and 3,500 Dollar for the 17 incher. How the entry level model performs in practice, we’ll clarify in the following paragraphs.
In its new Blade Pro 17, Razer goes back to the essentials, but also forgoes some features that have been part of the series so far. Instead of the mechanical keyboard with its own volume control knob, there are now only commercially available chiclet keys, which on top of that are very smooth-running and only give a mediocre feedback. Added to this is the missing number pad. At least the touchpad is excellent and generously sized with its slightly roughened and glass surface.
The biggest advantage in comparison to the predecessor is the fact that Razer has managed to further slim down the device despite the once again brisker hardware – both in terms of dimensions and weight. With an overall height of 19.9 mm and a total weight of around 6.1 lbs., the 17 incher is very portable for its class. Although the Intel Core i7-9750H and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 in Max-P design remain comparatively cool, the test notebook gets extremely hot on the surface with almost 50°C under load. With well over 53 dB(A), it is also not a quiet laptop. Nevertheless: The 17 incher works completely silently in Windows mode up to a certain load.
The performance is right: Processor and graphics card can always call up their maximum performance and sufficiently fire up the native Full-HD panel even in games. Faster graphics cards up to GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q are available for an additional charge. Thanks to the speedy NVMe SSD, everyday performance is also at a high level. There’s nothing to complain about in the workmanship quality and the connectivity is also excellent with Thunderbolt 3, 2.5 Gbit/s Ethernet, WiFi 6 and a fast SD card reader.
All in all, the new Razer Blade Pro is a very good workhorse, which is very portable despite its size, but has its price. As the components are cutting-edge and extremely capable of high gaming performance. Therefore, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is an excellent future-proof gaming laptop and will surely be capable of The Elder Scrolls VI.
Second: Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR
- Very bright and high-contrast display
- Outstanding workmanship
- Top performance
- Proper equipment
- A little loud under load
- Minor flaws in keyboard and touchpad
Although the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XA is not a pure gaming notebook, it has what it takes for gaming thanks to the Intel Core i9-9980HK and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 in the Max-Q version. The 17 incher gets current game titles running without any problems, although this doesn’t always succeed in the native UHD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. However, the fast hardware is anyway rather pleasing to demanding users who want to use the device productively. The display is extremely bright and high-contrast thanks to HDR400 certification and is already factory calibrated, whereby a minimal blue cast was noticeable in our test device.
However, the device is only really quiet in idle mode, and there are no problems with cooling. The processor in particular reaches high temperatures, but there isn’t a performance drop. On the contrary: The hardware can always call up its maximum performance. The case’s workmanship is excellent, the design is timeless and simple, and is loosened up a bit, especially by the carbon effects and the illuminated logo, but also by the keyboard’s RGB backlight. The keyboard and touchpad have only minor weaknesses, the surface is very susceptible to grease and dirt stains.
All in all, the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XA is an enlarged version of the popular Aero 15 and is in no way inferior to it. Of course, the laptop is not the cheapest, but its price-performance ratio is excellent. As its technical specs are extremely good, the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR is an excellent future-proof solution for The Elder Scrolls 6.
Third: Asus ROG G703GX
- Very good performance
- Quick display
- Individual RGB-illumination
- Price range
- High weight
The 17 inch screen has a good image reproduction due to its IPS panel, which gives us wide viewing angles. A response time of 3 ms is also provided, which is a very good value for a gaming notebook. Due to the high performance, you also get to take full advantage of the 144 Hz refresh rate.
In order to avoid glare or reflections under unfavorable lighting conditions, the surface is matt.
Full-HD at 1080p is the resolution of the Asus ROG G703GX’s 17 inch display. There is a contrast ratio of 910:1, the sRGB color space is 97% and the brightness value is 283 nits.
TheROG G703GX under test has a “2-way stereo system”. This means that there are two speakers on the front. Two loudspeakers for more bass are mounted at the rear and provide 2x 4.5 watts.
Connections on this 17 inch desktop replacement start at the back. On this side we find the HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort. Then not just one, but two power connections, since two power supplies are also included in the Asus ROG G703GX.
One power adapter is sufficient for normal work, but two are mandatory for full load. On the left side, the LAN port, the USB-C with Thunderbolt, one USB 3.1 (Gen.2) and headphone and microphone ports are found.
The LAN connection supports up to 2500 Mbps, so we are well prepared for the future. On the right, there is an SD card reader and two more Gen. 2 USB 3.1 interfaces for rapid data transfer.
Asus has again put a lot of effort into the keyboard in the ROG gaming laptop. The pressure point is very well chosen, not too soft, exactly what you expect from a gamer laptop. At the same time, the keys aren’t too hard in stroke, as this isn’t a mechanical keyboard. Above the keyboard there is a row for certain function keys. Among them are the volume adjustment, microphone off, gamer recording or the Asus settings. All important features for gamers.
The RGB backlight can be individually adjusted for each key. The soft-touch surface feels good. The touchpad also has large mouse buttons, also with a soft-touch surface.
If you are gaming a lot, you should also get some exercise and go to the gym. You’ll also need some muscle to transport your gaming notebook, as it weighs 9.5 lbs. You should see the ROG G703GX as a desktop replacement.
As already mentioned in the design section, we don’t find the device’s overall height particularly ergonomic during long use. Another aspect is the handiness, which, apart from the weight and size, is also affected by the notebook’s thick height.
An unusual aspect are the two power supplies. The second one is needed for gaming or more complex applications, such as 4K video editing or working with 3D software. So this also means that you have to take two power supplies with you on the road or distribute two on the desk. Not to mention the higher power consumption.
A desktop replacement for a gaming PC is difficult. Performance needs a lot of juice and the mobile ROG computer is also very thirsty. Asus has installed a 96 Wh 8 cell battery in order to satisfy us anyway. Good thought was also given to installing the battery, as it is located far away from the components that can normally get hotter. You can definitely expect 4-5 hours with light applications, like streaming, office and normal surfing.
You can expect an optimal performance in this price range and the G703GX from Asus delivers that, too. In addition to the existing performance, there is a plus point for the expansion possibilities in terms of RAM and hard disk space. There are sufficient connections, the keyboard is colorful and easy to use.
9.4 lbs.isn’t light. The two power supplies need getting used to, but they are still reasonable for a desktop replacement. The two power supply units neither complicate transport nor contribute to the aesthetics at the workplace. But be that as it may, we just want to play. The ventilation can get a bit louder, as higher values are possible at CPU temperature. This is especially true for the even stronger model with the Core-i9. As the performance specs are outstanding, the Asus ROG G703GX is a great future-proof option, which will be able to handle The Elder Scrolls VI.
Fourth: Lenovo Legion Y740 15
- Extremely high output
- Good display with G-Sync
- Design and processing
- Good cooling system
- Offset and spongy keyboard
- Short battery life
- Chunky power supply
The Y740 is technically the “big brother” of the Y530 and is at the top of Lenovo’s portfolio. The 17-inch model is available with even stronger hardware, but our test device with a 15-inch display already belongs to the upper middle class in the gaming laptop segment.
Design and finish of the Legion Y740
The design is very similar to the Y530, which is definitely a plus. For the most part, the 4.8 lbs case is made of dark gray, plain aluminum. It looks predominantly stable, but is easily twisted on the screen and in the middle of the keyboard. In opposition to other competitor models, you don’t necessarily assume that the Legion Y740 is a gaming laptop when you look at it. However, the rear part of the notebook is a lot thicker than the rest and, like the screen frame, is made of plastic.
Behind the four fan slots, the keyboard and the Legion logo there are RGB lights that can be controlled and adjusted as desired using Corsair’s iCUE software. The colored lights are not necessarily just a visual gimmick, but can also give you an at-a-glance indication of your notebook’s approximate temperature and show your health status in supported games.
Legion Y740 features and performance
An Intel Core i7-8750H gives plenty of processing power. The chip belongs to the eighth generation and offers six cores and twelve threads. A Core i5-8300H with four cores is built into the cheapest model. There are always 16 gigabytes of RAM (dual channel DDR4) available. Furthermore, our test device has an NVMe SSD and a mechanical hard disk.
A dedicated graphics card can’t be missing in a gaming laptop of course, which is why Lenovo relies on Nvidia’s current RTX chips with Turing architecture. Depending on the configuration you get either an RTX 2060 or an RTX 2070 Max-Q. As these graphics cards are extremely performant, the Lenovo Legion Y740 is extremely future-proof and therefore a good option for The Elder Scrolls 6.
Fifth: MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SF
- Very high work and gaming performance
- Good craftsmanship
- Good display, although without G-Sync
- Chic RGB-illumination
- High noise level
- Requires two power supplies
The MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG delivers a neck-on-neck race with the Alienware Area 51m R1, which could only recently grab the performance crown of our notebook benchmarks. Due to the high-performance cooling, the MSI model leads especially in CPU-heavy benchmarks, but falls back to second place in GPU tests and other tests like 7-Zip. However, in view of the Intel Core i9-9900K and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, there is hardly anything faster for notebooks, so high-end fans will get their money’s worth.
As far as the display is concerned, the MSI GT76 Titan DT is well calibrated in terms of color space and doesn’t have as strong a blue cast as the Alienware model. The illumination is similarly good to the competitor’s model, but the built-in IPS panel is significantly brighter and is thus also perfectly suitable for bright environments. Moreover, the MSI model has a higher resolution with native 3.840 x 2.160 pixels and thus really challenges the built-in high-end hardware. It’s just a pity that no G-Sync is included.
In terms of temperatures inside, the MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG stays significantly cooler, but this advantage can’t be played out any further on the surface, as both opponents achieve similarly good rates here. One of the biggest disadvantages of the MSI bolide is its volume. It may still be quite bearable in normal Windows mode with 45.8 dB(A), but it reaches 59.6 dB(A) under load, and even 62.3 dB(A) under absolute peak load. For comparison: Alienware’s Area 51 works passively and thus completely silently in 2D mode and stays clearly behind the MSI model with a maximum of 50.3 dB(A) even under load, although this result can’t really be called quiet either. The hunger for electricity is identically high; two 230 W power supplies have to be connected via Y-cable.
The rest of the equipment is impressive: The MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG offers a good SteelSeries keyboard with RGB backlighting, many modern interfaces, like Killer Network, WiFi 6 and Thunderbolt 3, as well as a very good workmanship with a simple design.
The differences between the MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG and the Alienware 51m R1 keep within limits in terms of performance, but the noise level turns out considerably higher, which is why the technology award is reserved for the MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG competitor. As the MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG is extremely performant it is very much future-proof and will be capable to run The Elder Scrolls VI without any problems.