So I got myself a 3D laptop for Christmas; the ASUS G53JW-3DE to be exact. http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g53jw3de-rog-gaming-laptop-p-2897.html
I had no intentions of playing FFXIV in 3D on this box. Nvidia rates the game as “not recommended” and I figured this was because of how taxing FFXIV is on system resources in standard view, let alone doubling the requirement for 3D. AION and WOW are rated “good” and “excellent” respectively so I planned on playing those in 3D, and because of the low resolution on 3D screens, I figured I’d have no problem with FFXIV in standard view.
Turns out NVIDIA does not know what they are talking about, or one of the recent updates really helped for stereoscopic 3D.
FFXIV PLAYS GREAT IN 3D!
If AION is rated “Good” and WOW is “Excellent” FFXIV is somewhere in between.
With the GTX 460M and Intel i7 Q740 (1.73~2.93Ghz) I rarely drop below 40 FPS running around. I just did a 15 man Behest and experienced no problems with steady 40+ FPS.
Depending on the people around, Atherite locations drop 28~35 FPS at times. I’d be lying if I said running around town is “flawless.” Completely playable but there can be some noticeable lag. I haven’t personally found the need to disable 3D in town, but others may. I saw frame drop as low as 20FPS at times in town.
Many reviews of FFXIV complement how beautiful looking FFXIV is. I cannot begin to describe how well this enhances the stereoscopic 3D experience. It’s like the devs were planning this from the start! WOW and AION look fine in 3D, but when compared to FFXIV, WOW is REALLY showing its age and its clear AION was not originally designed for 3D.