Was just wondering a few things, thanks to anyone who can answer!
is ffxiv a port in the same sense that ffxi was?
if so what do they really mean by port?
does that mean like the ps3 game code but wrapped up in an emulator?
A port really means that the developer can't rebuild the code of the game from the scratch and optimize it for the platform into which is ported, there are many reasons for this kind of situation, budget, time, lack of resources/expertice, etc.
Please consult this article
, it's a very clear read for the inexperienced about the differences between console and PC development.
To answer your first question:
You can't call FFXIV a technically a port, simple because it wasn't designed for a console and then ported to PC (like it happened to FFXI), however at this point in Beta at least, the game doesn't seem optimized for PC performance, this could be due a multitude of reasons though, but if the retail version doesn't differ much from this beta prototype that we are playing, even when you can't technically call it a port, it will have similar issues as FFXI had (PS3 limitations?)