'Final Fantasy XV' Will Hit PC In 2018

It's been almost a year since Final Fantasy XV debuted on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Square Enix announced that the action RPG will soon make the jump to PC, complete with new graphics and physics simulation technologies that take advantage of the more powerful hardware. The aptly named Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition—two guesses as to whether you can play on macOS or Linux—is slated for release in early 2018.

Final Fantasy XV took a winding road to release. It was originally revealed in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and it was supposed to share a universe with Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels, but the decade-plus it spent in development saw a drastic change in direction. The game dropped the "Versus," added a few more numerals, and changed directors before it finally debuted as Final Fantasy XV in November 2016.

Now the game's headed to PC, and Square Enix has tapped Nvidia for the transition. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will sport various GameWorks technologies (HairWorks, ShadowWorks, etc.) to offer improved graphics and performance over its console counterpart. You will, of course, also be able to use GeForce Experience tools like Ansel and ShadowPlay to capture in-game screenshots or videos of your gameplay.

Square Enix shared more details about Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition's differences from its Windowless counterpart on the game's Steam page. It boasts support for 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, HDR10, and graphical options that "can also be configured to support up to 8K" resolution. (The distinction in resolution support could result from the inclusion of an in-game photo mode, for example, or hardware limitations.)

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will also include all of the free and paid expansions released for the game's console version. Square Enix said you can also "explore the world of Eos through Noctis's eyes in an all-new first-person mode." The improved graphics are bound to make that a better experience than it would be on console, although we aren't entirely convinced the fast-paced combat will lend itself to a first-person view.

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NameFinal Fantasy XV Windows Edition
TypeAction RPG
DeveloperSquare Enix
PublisherSquare Enix
Where To BuySteam
Release DateEarly 2018
Nathaniel Mott
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Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • Memnarchon
    Has anyone even read the 4K recommended requirements?
    Monitor: Supports 4K and HDR
    CPU: Intel i7 3.4 GHz or Ryzen 7 1700
    RAM: 16 GB
    5.1 or 7.1 Surround Headphone
    HDD: 170 GB
  • AlistairAB
    Same as any other 4k game. 1080 ti here, and I get 40-60fps depending on settings.

    16gb memory has been required for non 4k games even since Gears of War Ultimate edition. And an overclocked i5 will work fine.

    The 170GB is lol though. Really?
  • chibiwings
    Will just buy this on Sale. Hey Square Enix. remember the issues of FFXIII? FFXIII-2 and Lightning Returns PC version. Still waiting for fix and patches.
  • Puiucs
    They lost me when they started presenting Gameworks as if it was a wanted "feature" by PC gamers.
  • rush21hit
    4k is demanding for anything. Understandable, really.
    But that space size, though.
    Did they use that size assuming the most demanding textures setting? Or perhaps ALL texture settings? Nier did the later. Also, quite possibly the bloated size are mostly for sounds file. Since everyone and nearly everything that moves speaks and makes sound way too much with lots of combination in between. I've seen it on PS4 on display in a mall. My thoughts were if this gets to PC, the sound file would be gargantuan. Looks like I was right.