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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited beta hits PS4 and Xbox One April 23

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited publisher Bethesda Softworks is launching a closed beta for the upcoming console versions tomorrow, April 23, the company announced today.

The beta will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Bethesda began sending invitations to the beta this morning; because it is closed, players must receive an invite in order to play. The beta will run for 96 hours, going from 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 23, to 10 a.m. ET on Monday, April 27.

Bethesda said that although the Tamriel Unlimited beta is closed, there is no restriction on players sharing images or video from it. Players will be able to livestream gameplay using the PS4 and Xbox One's built-in sharing capabilities for Ustream (PS4 only) and Twitch (both). Bethesda also noted that the beta client is "the full console version of the game," and it's sized to match: The full game exceeds the capacity of a 50 GB Blu-ray Disc, so developer ZeniMax Online Studios will deliver a 15 GB day-one patch with the remainder of the game.

Players can choose from two "megaservers" for each console version, one in North America and one in Europe, with unique characters per server. ZeniMax Online will wipe all beta progress before Tamriel Unlimited launches on PS4 and Xbox One on June 9.

Tamriel Unlimited costs $59.99, a one-time purchase that provides full access to the entire game and free gameplay updates that ZeniMax Online will deliver in the future. No subscription is required, although Bethesda offers a $14.99 monthly "ESO Plus" membership, which provides exclusive bonus content, access to all paid DLC and a package of in-game currency. The currency, called Crowns, can be spent on customization and convenience items.

For more on The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, check out the trailer below.

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