It is finally happening, folks. Final Fantasy XV is trading its console attire for PC digs, Square Enix announced at Gamescom 2017. The game will arrive on PC early next year, bringing with it all available DLC and updates. It will also come dressed to impress with several graphical upgrades, including a bump to native 4K resolution graphics (if your PC can handle it), with graphical options to support up to 8K.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will also feature high dynamic range (HDR10) support, provided you pair the game with a Windows 10 Creators Update compatible display, several NVIDIA technologies underneath the hood to spruce up the graphics. And the following are the recommended system specs for the game:
- Monitor: supports 4K/HDR
- GPU: GeForce GTX 1080Ti
- CPU: Intel i7 3.4GHz or Ryzen 7 1700
- RAM: 16GB
- HDD: 170GB
- 5.1 or 7.1 surround headphones
"Thanks to NVIDIA, you can experience the beautiful and carefully crafted world of Eos like never before," Square Enix says.
One of the stated goals is to deliver a "jaw-dropping gaming experience" by infusing the PC port with state of the art graphics and physics technologies. That includes things such as NVIDiA Flow (liquid and flow simulation), HairWorks (realistic looking hair), Hybrid Frustum Traced Shadows (a form of ray tracing for better looking shadow effects), Turf Effects (grass simulation), Voxel Ambient Occlusion (realistic lighting), and other fancy terms for various visual effects.
"With the help of NVIDIA, we are creating a stunning visual experience in Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, one worthy of this beloved franchise," said Hajime Tabata, the game's director. "NVIDIA pushes the pace of innovation in our industry, and that benefits gamers and developers alike."
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will also support NVIDIA's Ansel tool for taking superior in-game screenshots than what is possible by simply pressing the Print Screen key. And for wandering the vast landscapes, there is an all-new first-person mode.
Look for Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition to be out on PC sometime early next year.
Square Enix is also working Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, a mobile version of the game for the iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices. It contains the main characters and main story of the console and upcoming PC versions, with the freedom to play on the go.
"Now you can travel through Eos, as you travel through the real world," Square Enix says.
The mobile version break the game up into 10 different episodes, all of which will be available at launch later this year. Only the first first episode will be free—the rest will be paid releases, though Square Enix has not said how much they will cost.