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Final Fantasy XV Needs A Whopping 170GB on PC, Coming Early 2018 [Update]

If you want Final Fantasy XV on Steam, Windows 10, or Origin, Square Enix has you covered.

News by Mike Williams, .

Update: Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata says that the recommended specs were a communication error on Square Enix' part and the final game won't be 170GB.

"That was a mistake, actually," Tabata told Kotaku Australia. "That was a communications mistake - something got put in a memo that really shouldn't have. What that is [the specifications that went out to press] based on the specs that we're running the demo on today. The final specs for the release version haven't been fixed yet."

Likewise, the GTX 1080 Ti is what the Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition demo is currently running on at Gamescom, not necessarily the final recommended specs for the game.

Square Enix has finally announced the release that we all expected: Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC. The game sports a slightly newer moniker, Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition, but otherwise it's the same game folks have been playing on console since November 26.

Nvidia chipped in to help with the port, so the game has support for native 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) color, with additional resolution options up to 8K. The game also offers several Nvidia Gameworks enhancements, better hair through Hairworks, improved grass with Turf Effects, and physics-based smoke and fire with Nvidia Flow.

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition comes with all the bonus content released for the console of the game. That means you get all the free additions, including everything that was and will be in the Final Fantasy XV Season Pass.

Square Enix has released the system requirements for the Windows Edition, and they are hefty indeed.

Final Fantasy XV Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • HDD: 170GB Available hard drive space
  • DX: DirectX 11

170 GB of hard drive space is a lot. That's bigger than any other game I have on my hard drive currently by several orders of magnitude. I took a quick spin around Steam to see how some of the biggest games stack up. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is 70 GB, Doom is 55 GB, Battlefield 1 is 50 GB, Dawn of War III is 50 GB, Mass Effect Andromeda is 50 GB, The Witcher 3 with all DLC is 80 GB, Fallout 4 with the 4K resolution pack and all its DLC comes close at 148 GB.

Further, the GPU RAM section is almost unnecessary, because the GTX 1080 Ti is one of the few cards with that much video RAM in the first place. Sure, the game will run with something below recommended specs, likely at lower resolutions, but damn Square Enix.

You can pick up Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition on Steam, Windows Store, or Origin in early 2018. Square Enix isn't picky.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn A month ago
    I'll be running this at 1440p so I think my 1080 will do just fine. Those seem like recommended for 4K requirements.
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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #2 DrCorndog A month ago
    Wow, those specs. Another poorly optimized PC port from Square Enix?

    Also, that subtitle. "Windows Edition," ugh.

    But hey, at least I can finally play FFXV. After I upgrade my PC, that is.
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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #3 DrCorndog A month ago
    @cldmstrsn Ah, that would make sense. I hope that's it.
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  • Avatar for Number1Laing #4 Number1Laing A month ago
    It's almost like a massive game with tons of content and ultra high-def textures requires a lot of space.
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  • Avatar for Number1Laing #5 Number1Laing A month ago
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #6 SIGGYZtar A month ago
    They should just sell the damned game in a SSD USB 3.0 Hard Drive at this rate.
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  • Avatar for Dorchadas #7 Dorchadas A month ago
    GPU RAM: 11GB Video Memory

    What.
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  • Avatar for Vonlenska #8 Vonlenska A month ago
    I am a little too stunned at the specs to be 100% happy. Hoping that's optimized for 4k specs and not regular person just-want-to-play-a-game specs.

    But yay PC port?
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  • Avatar for swamped #9 swamped A month ago
  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #10 SatelliteOfLove A month ago
    Thats alot of gigglebytes...
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  • Avatar for jeffcorry #11 jeffcorry A month ago
    This company doesn't really know how to optimize frugally does it? I mean, the PS4 version is sitting at almost 70 gbs. The load times are...horrendous.
    I realize that it is graphically superior (in its own mind) to Zelda...but...Hyrule is HUGE and dense. Whereas Eos is...huge...and unfinished with NPCs with no personality. I can't help but compare the two games. I really enjoyed Final Fantasy XV, but I can't hardly bear to load it up anymore just because I will be waiting for so long just to load my save up.
    Maybe some of you guys know better than I, but it seems like such a programming mess...
    Maybe I'm wrong, I just feel like it could be optimized to be more efficient. Obviously Zelda and Final Fantasy XV are different beasts, and I recognize that Final Fantasy XV is going for realism (ironically), and has textures and locales that strive for that realism (and do a pretty great job), but 170 gbs? Crazy load times? It's cool and all to be pretty and realistic, but...polish it up a bit. Add to the story. Fill in the entire second continent. This game frustrates me like no other.
    But!
    It's pretty...Edited last month by jeffcorry
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  • Avatar for themblan #12 themblan A month ago
    I hope they compartmentalize those 4K textures and make them optional to download.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #13 The-Challenger 30 days ago
    I bet, that about 20 gigs are dedicated to the the different language packs it needlessly makes you install
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  • Avatar for Monkey-Tamer #14 Monkey-Tamer 29 days ago
    So it will be a mere 100 gb of bandwidth limited destruction? I'll definitely back it up as I do most my Steam games on an external. I thought the size of FFXIII was ridiculous.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #15 link6616 29 days ago
    @The-Challenger given xiii had the HD quality fmv files for Japanese and English with the install, I'm thinking maybe that's a part of this.
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