Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Benchmarking Tools

By Published May 04, 2017 at 12:36 pm

For anyone who missed the news last week, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood has a freshly released benchmarking tool included in the download.

In anticipation of the official release of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Square Enix has revealed a benchmark tool, and a new trailer – itself a recording of the benchmark.

Final Fantasy XIV has never exactly been a demanding title for PC hardware; however, the release of the Stormblood expansion marks the end of PS3 support, which has effectively served as the lowest common denominator while developing the MMORPG across multiple platforms. With the PS3’s hardware limitations no longer a constraint—plus an upgraded North American Data Center—Square Enix has vowed both graphical and functional advancements (think inventory space) over both A Realm Reborn and Heavensward.

The benchmark isn’t dissimilar to the past benchmark software used for A Real Reborn and Heavensward; users will download the software, run the benchmark, and receive a score measuring the ability of their machine to run the game. Once in the benchmark, an assortment of graphic settings and resolutions may be configured.

As an aside, the benchmark runs users through different areas in the new explorable continent, Othard. Additionally, it offers a cursory glimpse of new combat abilities and the two new jobs: Red Mage and Samurai. YouTuber and longtime FFXIV player “Mrhappy 1227” has an informative breakdown of the benchmark trailer, for those interested.

The benchmark can be downloaded here. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is set to release on June 20th, 2017.

- Eric Hamilton

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