I'll ask this here since I don't want to start a new thread just for my own interests:
Now that the game has been out a while, especially with this update supposedly lessening the load on lower-end PCs, what is the minimum setup I could get away with playing this game on? I don't need stellar graphics - I was going to be playing on PS3 but really would like if I didn't have to wait indefinitely because I just can't bring myself to start FFXI again and DCUO, while fun, isn't going to cut it. As long as the game would run smoothly and look average, I'd be happy. If I do buy a PC for this game I'm going to just put the PC next to my TV and play on a 46"; I don't know if that effects anything, but I can't afford to consider a monitor on top of the PC costs. So just curious; what could I get away with? I'm not that knowledgeable when it comes to PC components and such. Are there any pre-manufactured PCs that people know are running this game that I could buy ready made?
I remember before the game came out, when it was in beta and I was able to play (I was in beta)on really low settings on my Asus notebook that people were going nuts because of the benchmark and recommended requirements and than when it came out it wasn't AS crazy as people had anticipated, and now if they've made it anymore accessible, that would only help my cause, so I'm wondering if there's any chance I might actually be playing this game within the next month or so.
I was able to run the beta on low settings on an Asus x83v laptop. That probably won't cut it, right?
Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
320GB 7200 rpm Hard drive
Nvidia 9600 GS with 1GB
I'm going to give you two points of view here:
One is that I would suggest upgrading and/or a desktop. Even if that was a desktop, the specs are low end, and laptops are always weaker than similarly specced desktops.
Two is that since this patch literally just happened, it's not possible to quickly and accurately measure the results of it, and ultimately, the only answer to "How well will my computer play FFXIV?" is to play FFXIV on that computer.
For the time being, I'm still going to suggest to you the same thing I suggest to everyone: Radeon 5770/GTX 460 or higher and a quad core i5/i7 or Phenom II or higher.
However, it is possible to run it on less, at reduced quality. And as I mentioned, it's impossible to accurately measure the effect of the patch that just happened today. For now, I'd give your laptop another try if you can, and I'd give it a few days to see if more people are noticing performance increases.