The One and Only Aurelius wrote:
The smart answer? Don't count on it. People have been disappointed enough over the last few months because they kept hoping an unreasonable hope about something. Take the system requirements for beta, assume they're going to be the same for retail, and that's it. You're set. That way we don't get another week of QQ threads when the game goes live and budget rigs are going up in flames and everyone is cursing SE because even after the benchmark, people STILL don't want to believe it's going to be demanding.
You say that in vain hope because you know as well as I do that someone is reading this post right now with the thought that their system will run the game "just fine" because it either just barely meets the minimum requirements, or is (in their opinion) "Close enough that it won't matter; I'm under the minimum but that just means I'll have to turn the settings down a bit and I'll be fine, right?" And they're going to be in for an extremely rude awakening.
Once more, with feeling:
Video: If it doesn't say "GeForce GTX 200/400" or "Radeon 48XX/57XX/58XX/59XX", it will not give anywhere near a decent performance.
CPU: If it's not at least a quad core processor it will not give anywhere near a decent performance.
If you fall below either of these, expect September 22nd (or 30th) to be an EXTREMELY disappointing day for you.
Two months and sixteen days.
That's how long before this board changes from "Will my PC run FFXIV?" to "Why won't my [allegedly] perfectly good system run XIV? I totally ignored all you people who told me to upgrade and now my system sucks and it's totally the game's fault! I hate you SE!"