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Final Fantasy XV PC System Requirements, Benchmark, and Royal Edition Revealed

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At long last, after years of promises, Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC. Hail to the king.

The official Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition page has been updated with a whole slew of new information, most notable a release date of March 6th. While this date isn’t too far away, it can’t come soon enough. Who wouldn’t be anxious for a PC port of a fantastic game that supports 4K resolution and mods? Plus, starting February 1st, gamers who pre-order Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will receive unique bonuses depending on their digital distribution platform of choice. Gamers who purchase the game through the Windows Store will receive a pack containing items that power up their team; Steam users will obtain a collection of clothes for the protagonist and his posse, and gamers who buy the game on Origin will be rewarded with decals to deck out their in-game car.

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Of course, some of you are wondering if your computer will even be able to run the game. Normally, I would say the system requirements aren’t too arduous, but I’m not so sure. Square Enix provided the following specs, and they are perplexing to say the least:

Minimum Specifications for 720p

OS: Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8.1/Windows 10 64-bit
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 (3.3GHz or higher)/AMD FX-6100 (3.3GHz or higher)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760/Geforce GTX 1050/AMD Radeon
RAM: 8GB
Hard Disc Free Space on SSD: 100GB or higher
Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card, Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos support
DirectX: DirectX 11

Recommended Specifications for 720p

OS: Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8.1/Windows 10 64-bit
CPU: Intel Core i5-3770 (3.4GHz or higher)/AMD FX-8350 (4.0GHz or higher)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760/Geforce GTX 1050/AMD Radeon
RAM: 16GB
Hard Disc Free Space on SSD: 100GB or higher
Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card, Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos support
DirectX: DirectX 11

4K HDR Specifications

OS: Windows 10 64-bit Fall Creators update
CPU: Intel Core i5-3770 (3.4GHz or higher)/AMD FX-8350 (4.0GHz or higher)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
RAM: 16GB
Hard Disc Free Space on SSD: 155GB or higher
Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card, Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos support
DirectX: DirectX 11

Square Enix, I have several important questions. Why do you list both the GeForce GTX 760 and the 1050 as the minimum GPU? They are worlds apart in terms of performance. And why do we only need to improve our RAM and CPU to play the game at recommended settings? Finally, what are the minimum and required specs for those who want to play the game in 1080p resolution? Maybe someone screwed up while writing these requirements, or maybe Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is just that CPU intensive.

If you were as confused as I was while reading the system requirements, all is not lost, because Square Enix is releasing a benchmark tool February 1st, which is the same day we can start pre-ordering Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition. Gamers can use the tool to determine if their PCs are properly equipped to run the game, and the timing comes across as a decent bit of marketing. Is your computer capable of running Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition at a smooth 60 frames per second at 1080p on high settings? If the benchmark tool says yes, reward yourself with a pre-order! Joking aside, I recommend everyone who plans to buy the PC version of Final Fantasy XV use the tool, because if your computer chugs out a low benchmark score, you will be better of with the console version.

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Speaking of consoles, Square Enix also revealed Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, which will release on March 6th alongside the PC port. Like the Windows Edition, the Royal Edition will come with all the available DLC, including each protagonist’s side story, the ability to switch between characters, and the multiplayer Comrades expansion. But, Square Enix wasn’t satisfied to just stop there, as it added in a fair amount of new content for the Royal Edition:

  • A boat that lets players sail around and encounter aquatic behemoths (not to be confused with actual enemies called Behemoths)
  • An extended map for the city of Insomnia, complete with new quests, enemies, and bosses
  • Extra bosses, including a Cerberus, the “Rulers of Yore,” and the iconic Omega
  • The “Armiger Unleashed” mode, which is a super-powerful series of attacks capable of devastating most enemies

While Square Enix has not mentioned whether any of this content will be available in the PC version or it is exclusive to the Royal Edition, screenshots featuring the Royal Edition‘s bosses, boat, expanded map, and “Armiger Unleashed” mode are on the Windows Edition‘s page, which either implies they will be available at launch or eventually patched into the PC version. Or maybe the screenshots were placed there by mistake.

While Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition cannot be pre-ordered just yet, gamers can pre-order the Royal Edition for $49.99 ($19.99 if they already own the base game).

*Update* I have received confirmation that all the content in the Royal Edition will be included in the Windows Edition.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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