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#1 Sep 22 2010 at 8:35 AM Rating: Default
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Hello, all!

Firstly, I want to apologize if this post is simply rehashing old discussion or asking about relatively easily found information. I'm somewhat new to the forum community here and my search skills obviously haven't been leveled up yet. >.<

Like many of you, I'm getting my CE of FFXIV today (in about half an hour or so, actually -- just waiting for GameStop to open!), but if the open beta taught me anything it was that my PC is somewhat on the low side to play the game. This has gotten me thinking again about investing in a PS3.

I've debated it a time or two, mostly for the BluRay built in and the ability to stream Netflix movies. Why not get that -and- the ability to play console games as well, if you're going to drop dime on something that'll cost a bit anyway. I don't really play console games often, but it seems silly not to consider it. There are enough pros to owning one that it has been on my "Maybe, considering it" list for a while. FFXIV might push it to the shopping cart. The only real downside I can see is that the new versions of the PS3 aren't backward compatible with the PS2 titles which was on the "pro" list previously. I did love the .hack// games, they'd be fun to buy cheap and go through again.

I also can't help but think it will be cheaper than upgrading my PC to the point where the game will look stellar awesome, which is important to me. And that brings me to a few questions.

I know that the PS3 release has been delayed until March, and I vaguely recall reading that was due to "memory issues" but I can't find the post where I saw that. My question? What does that mean? I really don't understand it. Has there been anything said about how the game will look and play on the PS3 compared to the PC version? Will the look and smoothness be aggregate to the PC or will it not be as crisp/attractive, or I suppose, is there any way to really know yet?

Has there been any information about the PS3 version? Or demos anywhere that the press has seen to give any kind of impression as to how it holds up compared to the PC version. I mean, I know with the right system, the PC version will generally have the better resources to handle and cope with the intense visual experience the game provides, but...

Thank you in advance for any help, thoughts, opinions, or ideas you can/will provide!
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#2 Sep 22 2010 at 8:41 AM Rating: Decent
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Someone had mentioned that graphics would be scaled down 4/1 (I may be wrong about thatl) But, it def is nice to have the blu-ray and with the recent price drop / new skinny model I don't think its a bad purchase regardless.
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#3 Sep 22 2010 at 9:25 AM Rating: Decent
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The problem is the PS3 does not have enough ram to run the current version of ffxiv, so SE will need to optimize the game for that system.

Lower resolution (720p), lower textures and most of the settings on low is what the PS3 version will get. Depending on what kind PC you have - you can probably just turn down a lot of the setting and it will end up looking similar to the PS3 version when it's released.

Honestly, if you want the game to look awesome (like you mention you do in your post), you will have to upgrade your PC.

Edited, Sep 22nd 2010 11:26am by Sharwyn
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#4 Sep 22 2010 at 9:28 AM Rating: Decent
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Well it only does everything!

All joking aside, I love my PS3 and I think it'll be worth it to have both the PS3 and PC version of FF14... I am thinking during events or ls groups when I have to be on vent the PC will be the mainstay, however, if I'm soloing and just wanna relax, do some leves, craft... then the PS3 version will be better since I can play on my 47" HD TV then and sit on the couch...

That's just my take. Also a PS3 is great because of it's so many uses.. I recently found out if you get a Sony Vaio laptop it can sync and you can put data on the ps3 and then access that data anywhere with an internet connection. I thought that was pretty slick honestly.

It's definitely one of my favorite pieces of my entertainment center.
#5 Sep 22 2010 at 9:33 AM Rating: Decent
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then the PS3 version will be better since I can play on my 47" HD TV then and sit on the couch...


Not to mention a lot of people said during the beta that it's better to play on a gamepad so what's the ps3 do best? yup :). Actually it's just money for me right now. I would totally play on the pc but i can't afford the upgrade, just bought a house.
#6 Sep 22 2010 at 9:40 AM Rating: Good
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Lower resolution (720p), lower textures and most of the settings on low is what the PS3 version will get. Depending on what kind PC you have - you can probably just turn down a lot of the setting and it will end up looking similar to the PS3 version when it's released.


Unless they made some serious changes to the official version of FFXIV, there is no way you can do that. Trust me. I put everything on beta really low and it hardly did anything to change the graphics or improve gameplay for a minimum required computer. If you play the PC version, you HAVE to upgrade just to barley play right apparently.

If it wasn't for the fact that I only have one PS3 and two people want to play, then I would most likely just get the PS3 version. You would not have to worry about updating the computer to fit requirements, it will still look fine just not uber awesome, and XIV seems to play really well with a controller. I'm sure it won't be that bad. Unless of course, graphics is what makes the game wonderful to you. Then you would have to get the PC version. But seriously, I hope that is not the case.

If worse comes to worse, you could possibly get the PC version someday if it starts to look like the PS3 version becomes a bit obsolete. (Kinda like how most play FFXI now on the PC or Xbox, but not the PS2.)
#7 Sep 22 2010 at 9:41 AM Rating: Good
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Well how about this:

Wait till it's released on PS3. Since the chars are sever based and it's cross platform, you'll be able to use your PC character on the PS3 and vice versa.
If you see the PS3 version and decide you want something more then upgrade the PC. If you find that the PS3 version is adequate then buy one of those.

If you mean should you buy a PS3 before the release date so you can use it for other stuff and then FFXIV, then I don't think anyone can solidly say what the difference will be until we see it. It will be lower quality, that's almost guaranteed, but we just don't know by how much.

I will most likely end up picking up the PS3 version as well so that I can play upstairs (on PC) or downstairs on a giant screen (depending on what the GF is doing/wanting.)
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#8 Sep 22 2010 at 10:07 AM Rating: Good
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Get a HDMI out vid card on your PC and still play on ur big screen
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#9 Sep 22 2010 at 10:13 AM Rating: Decent
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boriss wrote:
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then the PS3 version will be better since I can play on my 47" HD TV then and sit on the couch...


Not to mention a lot of people said during the beta that it's better to play on a gamepad so what's the ps3 do best? yup :). Actually it's just money for me right now. I would totally play on the pc but i can't afford the upgrade, just bought a house.


Irrelevant. You can get a gamepad for the PC.
#10 Sep 22 2010 at 10:50 AM Rating: Good
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geoncic wrote:
boriss wrote:
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then the PS3 version will be better since I can play on my 47" HD TV then and sit on the couch...


Not to mention a lot of people said during the beta that it's better to play on a gamepad so what's the ps3 do best? yup :). Actually it's just money for me right now. I would totally play on the pc but i can't afford the upgrade, just bought a house.


Irrelevant. You can get a gamepad for the PC.



Use the PS3 gamepad on PC too.

Edited, Sep 22nd 2010 10:51am by TheRealLusent
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