Square Enix Announces “Recommended System Requirements”

Microsoft WindowsBack at the end of last month, Square Enix announced the “Minimum System Requirements” via their website and press release.   The information was mostly met with silence, as the benchmark had already been announced and more people seemed interested in the Garlond Goggles and Onion Helm available with pre-orders.  Now comes Square with more information – the “Recommended System Requirements” – what’s recommended to “run the game smoothly.”  While before some of this may have been leaked, the below is now the official specs and text from Square.

Regarding FINAL FANTASY XIV for Windows® Recommended System Requirements

The following PC specifications are required to run the game smoothly with the recommended in-game settings below.

Window Size and Display Mode 1280×720 (Windowed)
Ambient Occlusion OFF
Depth of Field ON
Shadow Detail Standard
Multisampling 4x MSAA
Buffer Size Window Size
Texture Quality High
Texture Filtering High

Recommended System Specifications

OS Windows® 7 32bit / 64bit *
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 (2.66GHz) or faster
Memory 4GB or more
Storage Install: 15GB or more
Download: 6GB or more
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 with 768MB VRAM or equivalent
Sound DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher)
Internet Broadband Internet connection
Resolution 1280 x 720 or higher; 32bit
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
Controls Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad
* 64bit OS will run in WOW64 (Windows on Windows 64) mode
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Please contact the relevant manufacturer for product information.
Even if your PC meets these requirements, compatibility issues with certain hardware, software, and driver combinations may prevent the game from running acceptably.

Interesting to note that the “smooth playing experience” actually has “Ambient Occlusion” set to “Off” and “Shadow Detail” on “Standard” – leading one to assume that these settings can be increased to yield an even “smoother” experience.  Time will tell.