Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition: What Is It?

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The wait is over and Final Fantasy XV has finally been announced for PC. We’ve known it has always been a matter of time since practically every Final Fantasy game has made its way to PC now. We’re just waiting on the elusive Final Fantasy XII at this point.

Those who have been holding out for a PC release are getting treated to an excellent version of the game as well instead of just a straight port from console. Square Enix has teamed up with Nvidia for the Windows version and that means we’re getting a slew of additional features that will benefit Nvidia GPUs. Those features include the following:

  • NVIDIA Flow – creates vivid, combustible fluid, fire and smoke.
  • NVIDIA HairWorks – creates dynamic, life-like hair and fur for characters, animals and monsters that inhabit the game.
  • NVIDIA ShadowWorks – enables characters to cast shadows on themselves.
  • NVIDIA Turf Effects – creates life-like grass and vegetation in the game environment.
  • NVIDIA VXAO – adds depth and realism based on the physics principles shadows and light.

This doesn’t mean your AMD GPU won’t work but you’ll likely see better performance if you’re on team green instead of red this time around. Game developers teaming up with hardware developers isn’t uncommon as we’ve seen it down with the Batman Arkham games and Fallout 4 with Nvidia and Doom 2016 with AMD. This just means you’ll eek out more performance with the corresponding card.

If you head over to the Steam page that went live today then you can find out even more information about the game. The store description says Final Fantasy XV will support up to 8K resolution, which is double the resolution of 4K. If HDR 10 is also a possibility for you then the game will support that too.

The minimum and recommended specs have not yet been unveiled but we’re thinking they’ll be a bit high with all of these features being included. Of course there will likely be an option to turn off some of the features in-game so that could result in allowing lower-end hardware to run the game.

Curiously, the game is titled Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition which could possibly suggest this will be a Windows 10 exclusive. The title is coming to Steam instead of the Windows Store so this might not be the case but it does seem a little interesting that Square Enix decided to give the PC port a different name.

The Steam store says you can expect a bunch of bonus content with the PC version including all of the DLC included in the console versions.

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION boasts a wealth of bonus content, including content contained in free updates to the console versions as well as paid downloadable content originally available through the Season Pass. Players can also explore the world of Eos through Noctis’s eyes in an all-new first-person mode.

The only thing we’re waiting on at this point is a release date. We’ve been given a somewhat narrow timeframe of when to look for the game and that is early 2018. You can check out the official reveal trailer (in 4K) below.