The PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is solid, but makes a few sacrifices in the name of running on older hardware.
Most obviously, some of the fancier graphical effects seen on the PC version running on high settings -- things like clothing and hair flapping in the wind, or characters getting wet in the rain -- are nowhere to be seen, plus the game occasionally chugs a bit when a lot of players are gathered in a single place, such as when taking on one of the popular "FATE" public quests that pop up regularly around the world.
If you want to improve your FFXIV experience, don't have a PC up to the job of running the game but do happen to have a shiny new PlayStation 4 waiting for some games worth playing, you're in luck: Square Enix has launched its PS3-to-PS4 upgrade program for A Realm Reborn, and here's how you get in on that action.
If you've played Final Fantasy XIV on PS3 before, you can upgrade for free, and the upgrade will be available from now until "at least the end of the year." You'll need to have logged in from your PS3 version at least once before attempting the upgrade, and you won't be able to play the PS3 version any more after the process is complete.
First things first, you'll need to log into the MogStation service using your Square Enix account, go to the Account Services page and pick the account you want to upgrade. Click the relevant banner for the upgrade, agree to all the legal bumf and confirm. Check very, very carefully that you have chosen the correct account to upgrade if you have more than one. Once you're all done, you'll be presented with a promo code that you'll need to enter on the PS4's PlayStation Store in order to download the game client. If you participated in the recent second PlayStation 4 beta and still have the client installed, you just need to enter the promo code and then launch the beta client, which will update itself to the full game version. If you didn't participate in the beta, you can download the full client from the PlayStation Store, but note there may still be further updates when you launch it.
The PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV provides an experience much closer to the PC version, plus includes a few PS4-specific benefits such as the ability to use the DualShock 4's trackpad as a virtual mouse cursor and the ability to play on Vita using Remote Play. Now you, too, can FATE grind while in bed or on the toilet.
For those of you not upgrading from the PS3 version -- perhaps coming to the game for the first time -- it will be available to purchase from Monday, April 14. Stay tuned to USgamer around that time; we'll have a bunch of handy tips and guides to help you get started on your grand journey through Eorzea.
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