So a number of us are already playing Final Fantasy XIV on PC and PlayStation 3, but the strong few - like USgamer reader Shinta - are waiting it out for the PlayStation 4 version. But what exactly is lurking out there in the aether? In a 'Conversations with Creators' segment from Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (translated by DualShockers), FFXIV producer Naoki Yoshida detailed what players can expect for the next-gen console MMO.
Square Enix and Yoshida are hoping that players upgrade from the PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4: the PS4 version will look better, with 100 to 200 people on-screen at the same time. That means some of those FATEs will be silky-smooth, instead of the graphical seizures present on PS3s today. Yoshida says he appreciates the extra options the PS4 provides, including the Share button, touch pad, and Vita connection.
Like the current PC and PS3 versions, Final Fantasy XIV for the PlayStation 4 will be fully cross-compatible. You'll still have to buy the game, but otherwise, your account will transfer over and you'll still be able to play with your friends.
The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 also plays a new role here, with the added touch pad acting just like the touch pad on a PC's laptop. Square Enix did a lot of work to make FFXIV's interface easy for controller hounds - I occasionally use an Xbox 360 controller myself - but the point and click option should make navigation even easier.
Finally, Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 will include Vita Remote Play, allowing you to stream the game over to your PlayStation Vita for some couch play! Yoshida said Vita Remote Play will make things like crafting, gathering, or soloing more relaxing for players, who can switch to the PS4 when they need to really get serious. There's also a Vita companion app being planned that will mirror the online Lodestone, with a database and other features.
Vita Remote Play is probably the one feature that could make me buy Final Fantasy XIV for PlayStation 4. I loved off-screen play on the Wii U; I felt it was one of the few awesome features enabled by the Wii U Gamepad. It's not for everyone, but if you have to share your television with anyone you'll appreciate off-screen play and Vita Remote Play as an option.
Otherwise, I'm good over here on PC, but those gaming on the PlayStation 3 already may have a convincing case to upgrade whenever Final Fantasy XIV hits PS4. Of course that release date is still a nebulous "2014," so you'll have to be patient.
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