A quick read through of these boards reveals one thing about this game to me and that is that FFXIV will be cutting edge in its requirements to such a degree that unless you bought a decent gaming computer in the last 12 months - you are probably going to have to at least upgrade, and possibly buy a new computer to play it.
I dont have a problem with this, technology evolves, games evolve and in order to stay on the cutting edge of quality - you have to pay the price.
My problem though is that I hope S-E realise that when you whack such high system requirements on a game, the gaming community is entitled to expect something ground breaking.
Consider Aion. My dual core E8400 (3mhz) maching with an HD 4870 512mb graphics card destroyed this game on the highest graphical settings - And it looked AMAZING!!!!!
If FFXIV really going to look better than Aion, if so I am very, very impressed and it is worth upgrading for!
If FFXIV is not going to be a generation ahead of Aion in graphical terms then why are the requirements so much higher? Perhaps there is some technical issue that I dont understand but if NCsoft were able to make Aion look so beautiful without the massive upgrades, why have S-E been unable to do so. It just smells of potential bad coding (which is hard to imagine given the pedigree).
Does anyone have any thoughts, maybe this game is a massive step forward graphically, or maybe someone can explain the tech in laymans terms?