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Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Is Fantastically Optimized

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While we still have to wait a little over a month for the release of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, the PC benchmark tool is freely available for gamers who need to know if their computers are up to the task of running the game. I just finished testing my computer, and I am pleasantly surprised.

Here’s how the benchmark tool works: it plays various scenes from Final Fanatasy XV and determines if your computer is easily rendering the scenes or if it’s struggling. These scenes run the gamut from graphically lax to effects-intensive and include driving on a calm highway, riding a chocobo through the woods, fishing during a rainstorm, battling Magitek infantry, and chowing down on Ignis’ deliciously rendered food in front of a campfire. The benchmark lets users test the game in 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080, and 3840 x 2160 resolutions, in windowed or fullscreen mode, and at three different graphical qualities. The first setting, lite quality, disables light reflection and anti-aliasing (the process that smoothes jagged edges in rendered images that feature curved or diagonal lines), and it also lowers the resolution of textures, shadows, and objects in the distance. According to the benchmark tool’s page, the second setting, standard quality, is “[the] standard quality setting for a PC that meets the recommended specifications.” Finally, the high quality setting improves the resolution of shadows, textures, and distant objects, and it also activates NVIDIA GameWorks features such as HairWorks, Turf Effects, and Flow.

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The benchmark tool grades each computer with a numerical score that can be broken down as such:

  • 0-1999: Your computer can’t run the game
  • 2000-2499: Your computer will have difficulty running the game even if you turn down graphical settings
  • 2500-2999: Your computer should be able to run the game, but you will probably have to turn down some graphical options
  • 3000-4499: Your computer will have minimal difficulty, if any, with these graphical settings
  • 4500-5999: Your computer can handle slightly higher graphical settings
  • 6000-8999: Your computer can run the game smoothly on higher graphical settings
  • 9000-11999: Your computer can run the game smoothly on even higher settings
  • 12000+: Your computer will run the game smoothly at max settings for the definitive Final Fantasy XV experience

I used my reliable MSI GT72 2QD Dominator gaming laptop for the benchmark test. My laptop has an Intel i7-4720HQ CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics card, and 12 GB of RAM. When the benchmark settings were set to lite, I got a score of 5087. At the standard settings, I scored a lower but still respectable 3934. And when I set the benchmark tool to high, the program chugged and gave me a final score of 2616.

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While my computer blazes past the minimum system requirements for Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition (an Intel i5-2500 or AMD FX-6100, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760/1050 or AMD Radeon R9 280, and 8GB of RAM), it doesn’t quite meet the recommended specs. Square Enix claims gamers will need an Intel i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or an AMD Radeon RX 480, and 16GB of RAM to play the game at the standard quality from the benchmark. While my i7-4720HQ is marginally better than the recommended i5-3770, a GTX 1060 blows my 970M out of the water. My computer should only have been able to score higher than 3000 on the lite setting, but its decently high score with the standard setting is a testament to the optimization of the game. Granted, I encountered a bit of stuttering here and there, but for the most part it was a smooth experience.

I had my doubts about being able to play Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition on my three-year old laptop, but the game’s release now can’t come soon enough. I tip my hat to the optimization skills of the development team; they deserve a big round of applause.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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