Screenshots are difficult to judge since people have such a large range of pc equipment from which to compare. Someone with a 9600GT would probably think they are awesome. Someone with a GTX 680 would think they look horrible.
I'm a bit worried because I know a PS3 could not handle the game's awesome textures currently. Running at 1920x1200, with high settings, right now the game looks really really nice. The textures are super detailed. The real question is will the dumbing down of the engine to allow for PS3 and a larger range of PCs to play actually be a dumbing down or just a more efficient engine that still scales to people with great computers.
I'm sort of skeptical because if I was releasing screenshots, I would make sure they were running on the best hardware available on the best settings.
Edited, Jun 5th 2012 9:49pm by rikkuotaku
JPGAMES.DE, Frederick: With the work on FINAL FANTASY XIV 2.0, the work on the new graphic engine should be finished. Based on the current system requirements, is the graphic going to improve for “high-end systems” or will there just be better options to customize the graphics for “lower systems”?
Yoshida Naoki: Actually, we are aiming for both. If you have a “high-end system” already, then you will be able to have more characters, monsters or objects displayed on the screen with the current high quality, but if you switch those options off, the game still works with great graphics. But you will be able to see less characters or monsters. We want to aim for laptops being able to run this game and at least to have the PS3 compatible.
But we can’t show those great graphics on the PS3 version of the game, that is very important.
From another thread he is aiming to have high end pc's show 400+ models at the same time o.O Really though I'll take slightly lower graphics with that art style and have all the pretties later :)
Current high quality is higher than the screenshots in terms of AA and textures. So as mentioned my Bayohne and other's they use the dev machines (coding boxes) to render it. Sitting on a GTS250 core2duo coding. If that machine gives those graphics, my i7/6870 will knock the snot outta 2.0 :) Edited, Jun 5th 2012 7:48pm by Elionara