Action-packed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV has been revealed to have hugely degraded graphics on the PS3 as compared to the PC, with textures a quarter the size and the usual pathetically low resolution – fortunately PS3 gamers need not worry, as Square Enix assures them “You won’t even notice.”

From a developer interview with the producer Hiromichi Tanaka:

Q. Can you enjoy both PC and PS3 versions at the same quality?

A. They don’t really look all that different. There’s no “3D Surround” [Nvidia multimonitor 3D gaming], of course. The textures are a quarter the size, and the resolution halved, but you won’t really notice.

He demonstrates the multimonitor in action:

Whilst unlikely to please PS3 gamers all that greatly, PC gamers can at least be assured their version will not be graphically crippled for the sake of the inferior graphical capabilities of a mere console.

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    Comment by baeshin
    12:04 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you gotta love the way sankakucomplex blows most articles out of proportion.yea im sure the game wont be 1080p or anything but if you have a nice tv it will probably still look great.

    i do like how they post a pic of 2 low res pics,with the ps3 version just a little lower res.

    one last tidbit. the pc is still in alpha phase so i know the ps3 version has to be around that or even further back in development.with that said,its not like either of these shots are from the complete game.both of these are from the early beta judging from the fact that these are from the beta's character creation screen.

    tldr version...sankakucomplex makes everything over dramatized and the game isnt near being done and still in being alpha tested. those screens are from the work in progress beta. wait til we have a better more up to date version before we cry about resolutions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm so glad you put in that last line, and that the comments are rational.
    Although what does piss me off is that most American multiplatform games perform/look worse on the PS3 than the 360, regardless that the PS3 is much more powerful. Also, when the PC version is no better looking than the console versions, since it should be, as it should be designed for newer hardware.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe the PS3 isn't as powerful as Sony lead everyone to believe.

    Just like the original Xbox had no problem proving its hardware superiority over the PS2. It didn't need to talk about whatever fanciful hardware architecture it had. You just take a look at the games and there can be no doubt. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess they have to insert the excitement somewhere in the game. Sure as hell isn't in the battle system; I guarantee players are still going to fall asleep in party.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no one has fallen asleep in any of the parties and the battle system has not only been changed but sped up.this has been implemented in the beta version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, what? Whatever happened to the PS3 amazing Cell processors? We didn't get to see it do anything amazing yet, and the PC is already leaving the PS3 in the dust.

    Awwwww, man. The PS3 is becoming the PS2 already. All that hype over the Emotion Engine that turn out to be a whole lot of hot air.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I tried demo.
    On my 4,5 years old PC (nvidia 6600gt. little lagy
    On my 3,5 years old gaming pc (8800gts) smooth as silk like all games.
    But yeah 8800gtx itself costed me like Whole PS3 + 2 games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ahahhhhaaaaahahahahamuhabahahamyahahahahaha hik

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Big boopies is as exciting as FFXIV gets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one will notice because no one is going to want to play this trash heap

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now THAT is one wishful thinking.

    Everyone knows FF titles still get sold enough for them to make profit regardless of quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 27/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOTHING beats cost-value for console gaming, less than a 500$ (a LOT less if you wait a little) investement gets you 6 years of gaming easily, on PC you got to expend four times that for maybe 2 years of "high end" gaming (sure is a litte harder to get free games for consoles than it is for PC but NO ONE HERE pirates games... right?)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wada's an asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:33 09/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    haters gonna hate

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why Nintendo has made it so big over the past few years.

    Graphics and resolutions are rapidly getting to a point where they don't matter anymore. Anything beyond 1920x1080 is rendunant; people can't even see that well.

    I think people understand this, even if its on a subconscious level.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finally, something that makes sense, I mean sure you can program a person so detailed you can see the skin cells, but what does it matter if it's impossible to see?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should make consoles upgradeable
    that will solve their problem

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm more freaked out by the horrible anatomy of the character seen below.


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You really have something against Sony Art? You're practically foaming at the mouth every time you mention them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i can't believe these comparison's doesnt even have a big difference maybe 1%.but thats it.ff14 is a failure when u compare to blade and soul.its too fk slow pace.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    testers have been making suggestions to speed up the battle system since the first alpha test. the devs have listen and although they said they wouldnt implement the improvements into the alpha version,they are implemented in the beta version. this has been proven by the beta footage at e3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    honestly, graphics and all are good, but really would you rather have a crappyass game with the most amazing graphics ever, ever will be, and ever can be graphics, or something mediocre with the most amazing storyline, characters, etc?

    I'd take the latter thank you

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny that there hasn't been any screenshots or anything for PS3 so how the hell can people compare this? I know that PC version will look better but this seems fake. Even I could do that with PhotoShop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~~~ *Takes off glasses, blinking in astonishment* SUBARASHII!!

    But yeah, the two versions probably won't really matter. Some people may not have a high end pc, so the ps3 would be an easy substitute to get nearly the same experience.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Message to stupid PS3 owners:


    The thing is, a PC that can do THAT costs about FIVE THOUSAND dollars. How much was your PS3, again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:52 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When this guy got on the E 3 show talking about FF14 I turned G4tv off. They have effectively killed the entire FF series with the FF13 thing. Who would be stupid enough to buy any version so he is right 'I'll never noticed the difference' because I will never buy it.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    05:11 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    still im looking forward to the game :D it will be idealistic to choose the PC version since it's much more flexible to the console(meaning u can upgrade the visual however u want) not o mention almost every MMORPG is better playing on the PC though it's nice to see some MMORPG's making their way on consoles :)

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    Comment by Blkant
    23:10 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comparison shots are getting old... Do people really have nothing better to do...?

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    Comment by alidan
    23:12 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you know those images, the ones where you try to spot the differences?

    i love those,and thats why i enjoy playing that game with side by side.

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    Comment by onitake
    23:25 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    3d surround... i want eyefinity. nvidia hardware is ng at the moment.

    how about 3d surround/eyefinity + 3d displays?

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    Comment by Cobaltiquity
    23:36 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Visuals are one thing, but I'd be more concerned about performance.

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    Comment by blaani
    23:22 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this game will probably fail anyway. you cant put turn based battle in a mmorpg. That slows down the whole game to an unbearable level.

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    Comment by xyanide1986
    23:15 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow these single word reactions of people casually trying it out, so bad. Isn't it just a still image by the way?

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    Comment by KoollKat
    22:55 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This 'live report' video clip made me cry ;)
    Havne't seen such cheap and lousy 'advertisement' skills in quite some time xD

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    Comment by alex251
    00:15 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...but it's 3D :)

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    Comment by Dia
    21:53 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The video itself is quite amusing.

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    Comment by aarond12
    22:27 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is a funny video. I don't understand why they're getting so worked up over what appears to be a static screen shot. If they were able to get fluid game play across all three monitors with 3D enabled, I might be more interested. (Maybe it's there, they just didn't show it.)

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    Comment by Lucifer
    04:27 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh noes! I'm in trouble when this game makes it's release... recently stopped playing XI and now this?! Just when I leave, they pull me back in! :<

    Definitely will get it for PC, since I like playing with the dat files. :3

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    Comment by Tovansky
    21:58 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am hating squre-enix so much now. they blew off ff13 and now they are doing this. I think I will stop hoping from ff franchise now. What's the point for me to buy a ps3 with bluray capability and HD gaming if the game's graphic is not going to be better than pc?

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    Comment by alidan
    23:07 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    are you retarded?

    the ps3 hasn't changed in 5 years, now the computer has, let me see here, 2 4 8, has gotten 8 times as powerful sense than (aprox based on dubble ever 18 months)

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    Comment by Ovada
    00:29 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My PC is 2 years old, but I'm not going to complain that people with new higher end PCs can play on higher settings than I can attain.
    I'm sure it will look great on the PS3, don't worry.
    This change only affects people who have a PC that is a lot stronger than a PS3 (Which isn't all that uncommon nowadays)

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    Comment by Riiku
    21:47 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would you care, the game is still the same. And furthermore, it's an MMORPG.

    When will people realize that graphics is made of design, not of resolution and amout of megabytes those textures take.

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    Comment by KoollKat
    23:02 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, can't resist:

    By the phrase "the game is still the same" you mean: "the same artificial and idealistic looks with no touch of inner glow"? Indeed, another shallow odd job for the obsessed fanatics! ;D

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    Comment by CrabNicholson
    21:40 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't see why this wuld upset anyone. Of course the console version is going to look worse, it's running on five-year-old hardware.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty much this. Less video memory as well.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:03 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are going to bitch anyway. They always do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 24/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it will be less good looking, but the photo doesn't make justice. The right part is facing the light source so it looks more blunt, while the left one has all the shade resulting from the light.

    Take two separate pictures next time.

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    Comment by cats2
    14:59 22/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like what happened with the PS2 version of 11, it REALLY was never intended to be on a console to begin with.

    Should just be happy they ported it to begin with.

    On a side note, PS2 players for 11 where the WORST because they struggled to do things a normal PC user could EASILY do..

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 23/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    get your facts straight the game was ported to the PC

    PlayStation 2
    JP May 16, 2002
    NA March 23, 2004
    Windows (PC)
    JP November 7, 2002
    NA October 28, 2003

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    22:59 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And aging.

    But still, nitpicky people will whine on the PS3 side and cheer on the PC side.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never understood what is the benefit of playing an MMO on a console anyway.

    I don't see why anyone would be surprised by this though. PC versions almost always look better if you have an average or above machine. The benefit of consoles is that they are more reliable and crash less. PC can be optimized more to look and run better as well as mods.

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    Comment by baeshin
    11:55 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i enjoy my console much more than my pc. i dont care if my pc can do 3 times the graphics my ps3 or 360 can. i just prefer my console games. i love and play ffxi to this day and have played it on ps2,360,pc and even my 60 gig ps3. i always preferred it on console.

    the same will probably be said for ffxiv. so far im really wishing i got into the ps3 beta instead of the pc alpha. ill just leave it at that.

    i guess its just personal preference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 15/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i enjoyed the console version of FFXI too. i found using a PS2 controller to be easier then a keyboard. on a side note, my laptop is about 8 years old, maybe older.

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    Comment by DeathCrunch
    00:55 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cheering on an MMO on the PC as oppose to a home console... I'm ok with this.

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    Comment by Ovada
    21:43 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I see your point.

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    Comment by DHYohko
    22:21 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it is a very valid point but consoles can't really be upgraded every year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's not ALL about hardware but still, 5-3 year old machines doesn't compare to the ones that came out this year, and optimizing? that's not just making the code more reliable\less consuming, that's also deciding what should the CPU process and what the GPU should, and it's NOT as easy as it sounds.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    03:44 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, i wish i could afford to upgrade my pc every year. i upgrade it every couple of years and put the new state of the art technology on it. it usually lasts for about 5 years before it is time to upgrade to the newest stuff. in about 3 more years it'll be time to start from scratch.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    04:04 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here, my desktop is from 06, and even when I got stuff for it, it was probably equiv to an 03? MAYBE?
    1.6ghz sempron @ 2.6ghz ftw? -.-

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    Comment by Kyorisu
    04:06 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do major upgrades every 2-3 years (best bang for buck hardware) and considering I can get a fair amount of the cost back selling the old parts I do quite well. The PC is used for more than just gaming so the extra money that goes into it over a console is more than justified.

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    Comment by tyciol
    04:47 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't tell the difference at all.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    04:40 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i suppose if they showed a crappier version at e3 and then said, actually it'll look like this! then showed a higher res version, everyone would be patting sony on the back and telling them good job. take note sony! i still only use sony stuff in my house. tv, surround, ps3, and radio.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    22:18 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    piss bitch shit fuck

    see, it did upset ME!! >:I

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    Comment by MasterYuke
    11:03 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Phoenix Firebane
    19:45 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not very informative... the difference in resolution can only be noticed if you sit close to your screen, if you play on a 720p TV and sit at least 1-2 m away it won't be noticeable.

    Also the two pictures are a high-res PC pic and a low-res ps3 pic shown at the recommended viewing distance for the first one, if you showed the from the recommended distance for the ps3 pic they would look exactly the same.

    They can both go fuck themselves for 8 hours a week thou...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 27/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can tell the difference from looking, mostly.
    Glad I don't have the PS3 version, I'd be pissed off~

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    Comment by Gradius
    08:36 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agree 100% to MasterYuke!

    It made me LOL too.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    22:54 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you haven't noticed, its not really about the hardware anymore, its about how well people can optimize there programing :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The more time they spend time optimizing the less they have for content and bugfixes.

    And ">9000 playable characters!" sells better than "Well optimized".

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    Comment by Kyorisu
    04:02 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite the contrary it's all about the hardware. Both the Xbox and PS3 can barely pull of full HD with modern games at acceptable frame rates.

    The sort of thing we've had on PC for years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    god of war 3 720p varying frame rate depending on how much is on screen

    thing is they only used 50 percent of what the ps3 engine is truly capable of

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:20 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "thing is they only used 50 percent of what the ps3 engine is truly capable of"

    While you are pulling numbers out of your ass, why don't you say something more believable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 27/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont kwon about 50% but games like uncharted2 where leaps and bounds more impressive than GOW3, and i havent seen better real time facial animation than MGS4 NOWHERE not even cutting edge modern PC games, also did you see GT5? it looks ridiculously GOOOOD, yes a good modern PC may be 5 times more powerfull than a PS3 but where are the games to take advantage of such power? maybe one or two every 5 years or so (AND DONT COME MENTIONING CRYSIS BECAUSE IT REALLY IS GETTIN OLD; THATS MORE A TECH DEMO DISGUISED AS A GAME THAN A GAME ITSELF)

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    04:15 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I agree...Optimizing can make all the difference even between PC's...It also won't hurt to buy a better monitor/HDTV for the consoles...

    Well, whatever...I'm not really going to play it since I'll be too...Busy with other important things...

    Instead, I'll wait for the Hentai (futa) doujins and pics to flood Pixiv and Toranoana...

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