I remember on the crysis forums the same conversation.
Crysis is/was a very graphic intensive game. Now look almost any current gen system can run
it at almost full go. FFXIV will be the same deal I feel.
I understand what you are saying here, but please try to understand this:
SE saying that the graphic demands would be high is somewhat vague. To me, you are pretty much going to need a high end gaming machine to run FF XIV the way it's meant to be played. They never really gave us anything to compare in their statement. My PC is 6 months old, and scored at highest a 533 on the benchmark. I'm a gamer, so i already realized that this piece of crap probably wouldn't be good enough, but most people aren't computer savvy enough to come to the same realization.
The first part of the statement...that XIV's requirements would be quite high at release...could be construed as vague. The second part of the statement...that a good PC 5 years from now would be able to run it with no problems...made it a lot less vague. Think of computer hardware as functioning on the 2 year rule. If you buy the absolute best, cutting edge delicious goodies for a new PC today, 2 years from now your PC will still be considered "good" relative to whatever new technology becomes available. Not best, not awesome, but good. 2 years from that, the uber hardware you dropped your hard earned clams on will be considered "adequate" for most tasks and you'll still be able to run all the newest games and other miscellaneous shinies but you're going to start to see detail settings that you can't enable without a noticeable decrease in performance.
To consider that in the context of XIV and what SE has said, the "good" computer that will run XIV easily with maxxed settings isn't even available today. I would expect PLDXavier's rig to push somewhere in the 6-7000 range when he adds his second 480, which is still a ways from the 8k you'd need to meet the requirements of "max settings easily". That "good" PC SE is refering to will likely consist of hrrdware that is released as cutting edge technology two years from now (give or take).
So then take that and hold it against the denial. People buying rigs with components based on two year old technology were uninformed to think that it would hold a candle to what XIV is going to require. But when confronted with this reality based on what SE has said in conjunction with informed opinion, there's all this argument based more on hope than any meaningful substance. Which is fine in a sense, but after a while it also starts to get old. And when it reaches the point where people start pointing elsewhere to explin why their dated hardware isn't performing as they'd hoped it might, it starts to cross a line. I never in a million years thought I'd find myself defending SE after my last few miserable months in XI, yet here I am. People need to set aside the denial and start examining things in the context of what we're being told. Until they do, we're going to continue to have people sh*tting up threads with nonsense that only degrades the quality of the information to be found here. Hope is good. Optimism is good. Ignoring reality for the sake of either of those two things? Not so good.
and tenfooterten is right in his logic. FFXIV probably will run fairly decent a mchine built
for gaming . . . not somehting you buy at bestbuy for 600-1k$
but on a decent system with quad or hex core proc and 4-8GB
ram and an up to date current architecture GPU. This will probably give you
the ability to run the game in 1080 with default or slightly improved settings.
as far as the diff between PS3 and PC there will be a marked difference I am calling that to
run 720P, if 1080 happens I would be impressed.
Mind you this is a benchmark test of your system. not the actual client having to load all the
textures 25-100 avatars and add in npc's . . . . .
even in ffxi in a highly camped HNM areas great rigs that time had a hard hard time
keeping up and lag was brutal. So please all of you with budget systems do not be deluded when
you're socres says the system won't run.
either upgrade or use PS3 if you're on a budget.