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

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.

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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