Final Fantasy XIII

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Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII cover
Developers
Square Enix
Engines
Crystal Tools
Release dates
Windows October 9, 2014
Reception
Metacritic 65
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Series Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy XIII on IGDB
Final Fantasy XIII guide on StrategyWiki
Final Fantasy XIII on MobyGames
Final Fantasy XIII on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy VII 1998
Final Fantasy VIII 2000
Final Fantasy XI 2003
Final Fantasy XIV 2010
Final Fantasy VII (2012) 2012
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013
Final Fantasy VIII (2013) 2013
Final Fantasy III 2014
Final Fantasy IV 2014
Final Fantasy XIII 2014
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2014
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 2015
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD‎ 2015
Final Fantasy V 2015
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2015
Final Fantasy VI 2015
Final Fantasy IX 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2016
Mobius Final Fantasy 2017
World of Final Fantasy 2017
SaGa (series)
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 2018
Mana (series)
Final Fantasy XV 2018
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition 2018
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 2019
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered 2019
Final Fantasy Awakening TBA

Key points

Includes the "Easy" mode from Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International.
Display resolutions other than 1280×720 can cause missing text during enemy scans. Fixed by FF13Fix.
Chronic Inconsistent frame rate can be mitigated by FF13Fix.
Unfavorable to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions in areas. Has:

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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XIII + XIII-2 double pack available in Europe
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Windows
Publisher website
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European store
Windows
Publisher website
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North American store
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Remove unused cutscenes to free up space[edit]

Features dual audio English and Japanese for the ROW release.[1] Removing the cutscene files for either language frees about 20 GB of space.[5]
Verification and updating by Steam will redownload the files.[6]
Remove English or Japanese cutscene files[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>/white_data/movie/
  2. Arrange list by file size making biggest files to show up first. Ignore the 1KB files.
    • To remove the Japanese cutscenes, delete the 18 files without the us prefix.
    • To remove the English cutscenes, delete the 18 files with the us prefix.

FF13Fix[edit]

Mod that fixes low framerates on capable machines, and uncaps framerates. How this works:
  • Removes aggressive frame pacer (works like a proper triple buffer implementation).
  • Disables constant checks for input devices.
  • Uncaps framerate, also properly utilizes the display's refresh rate.
  • Fixes the slowdown when 2D elements are drawn in the HUD
  • Fixes missing text on enemy scans.
  • Enables vibration support.
  • Works around the screen glitches when using 2560x1440 resolution
This fix is NOT compatible with GeDoSaTo.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\setup.xml[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292120/pfx/[Note 2]
All in-game configurations are stored directly in the saved game data. Changes made while in the title screen are not preserved after loading a saved game.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\SquareEnix\FinalFantasyXIII\save\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/292120/remote/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292120/pfx/[Note 2]
The Steam folder is used when Steam Cloud is enabled; otherwise, the Windows folder is used.[7]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Up to 100 save files (29.3 MB) can be synced.

Video[edit]

Launcher options in ROW version.
Launcher options in ROW version.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix to force any screen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Pillarboxed 16:9.[8] Use Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix.
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed 16:9.[8] Use Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix to force any screen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix.
Windowed
Set in launcher or see Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Always borderless. Use Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix to force fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use the GPU control panel or a tool like GeDoSaTo.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. Nvidia users can follow this guide for alternative hardware AA.[9]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.
120+ FPS
Uncapping the frame rate causes facial animation bugs during in-game cutscenes.[10]

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change ForceWindowedMode = false to ForceWindowedMode = true.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Force Vsync off[citation needed]
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change PresentationInterval = 1 to PresentationInterval = -1.

Input[edit]

In-game options in ROW version.
In-game options in ROW version.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Movement and camera orientation keys are not remappable.[11]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Can confirm with the left button and cancel with the right button, but it may require alt-tabbing first.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher needs mouse or keyboard. Cannot exit the game normally using the controller.
Controller remapping
Confirmation and cancellation buttons can be swapped via the -decidebuttonreverse command line option of ffxiiiimg.exe. With it enabled (default for Asia) B becomes confirm and A cancel, disabling it does the reverse.[12]
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also available
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Only through DirectInput.
Xbox button prompts
Manual toggle in the settings: On-screen Button Explanations.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
BT support through DS4Windows.
DualShock button prompts
See Controller button prompts.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
No rebinding.
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts
For Xbox, use toggle in the settings: On-screen Button Explanations.
For DualShock 3 icons, see Console button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be modded back using FF13Fix.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection

Console button prompts[edit]

The game comes only with grey Xbox button prompts, without differentiating colors. This mod restores PlayStation and colored Xbox prompts.

Unlock Confirm/Cancel button configuration[edit]

By default only Asian version of the game has this option available. By patching the launcher, it can be unlocked for all versions of the game.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
See audio volume is low.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1. No in-game option.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Loses focus by minimizing in windowed mode.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Worldwide (audio not available in Asia)
English
Mod which restores English subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Traditional Chinese
Asia only
Traditional Chinese
Mod which restores Traditional Chinese subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
French
Not available in Asia
French
Mod which restores French subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
German
Not available in Asia
German
Mod which restores German subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Italian
Not available in Asia
Italian
Mod which restores Italian subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Japanese
Worldwide (UI and subtitles only available in Asia)
Japanese
Mod which restores Japanese subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Korean
Asia only
Korean
Mod which restores Korean subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Spanish
Not available in Asia
Spanish
Mod which restores Spanish subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Fan translation by «FFRTT.ru»

Issues unresolved[edit]

Shadows appear pixelated and jagged[edit]

Example of pixelated and jagged shadows.
Example of pixelated and jagged shadows.
Shadows are inferior to the console versions, appearing pixelated and jagged.[13]
Increase the shadow resolution in the launcher[citation needed]

Though this may help in alleviating the problem, it does not fix it completely. Extremely high shadow resolutions may prove taxing for lower-end hardware.

Increase the shadow resolution via GeDoSaTo[citation needed]

In the GeDoSaTo .ini file mentioned under missing enemy text there is an option for shadowScale. Set this value to 8 or 12.

Audio volume is low[edit]

The game has a low volume level that is about half as loud as a typical game, and there are no in-game volume options. The only thing a player can do is crank up their speaker volume.

Crashes when loading a new area[edit]

The game can crash when loading a new area. This can be fixed with going into windowed mode, or borderless windowed mode.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game uses incorrect refresh rate[edit]

By default the game forces a 60 Hz refresh rate in full screen mode.
Override refresh rate set by game[14]
  1. Download the latest release of FF13Fix.
  2. Copy dinput8.dll and FF13Fix.ini to <path-to-game>\white_data\prog\win\bin.

Notes

The game will now use the same refresh rate selected in Windows.
You can edit FF13Fix.ini to specify a custom refresh rate.

Force exclusive fullscreen[edit]

Force fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Install Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix.
  2. Open Settings.ini.
  3. Change Fullscreen = 0 to Fullscreen = 1.

Native fullscreen mode doesn't work[edit]

See Force exclusive full screen[citation needed]
Use FF13Fix[citation needed]
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Set Borderless = true in FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Set windowed mode and the internal resolution you want to use in the launcher.

Notes

If you wish to use higher resolutions, use the Combined Launcher. This can also be used to easily supersample the game (simply set a higher resolution than your monitor supports).

Pixelated screen bug when using 2560x1440 resolution[edit]

2560x1440 resolution breaks the game, making it look more pixelated than it should.[15]
Use FF13Fix
The internal resolution is reduced to 2559x1440 to workaround the issue.

Inconsistent FPS[edit]

While there are several workarounds and fixes for inconsistent FPS (an issue not entirely unique to the PC port[16][17]), for some this issue remains unresolved and may be due to issues within the game itself.[18][19]
As the game was originally designed for the PlayStation 3's Cell processor, this port incorrectly processes all game logic on a single thread, making single-core responsiveness imperative.
Some theorize that the engine's resource management may be broken, leaving the CPU and GPU underutilized.[20]
The game also uses a custom frame rate pacer that locks the frame rate to refresh rate intervals similarly to Vertical Sync, but much more aggressively.[21] This leads to issues when locking at a lower frame rate than the 60 FPS cap, such as stuttering both in-game and during FMV playback. Manually locking the game at a lower frame rate through third party tools does not resolve these issues.
Use FF13Fix to immensely improve frame rates[citation needed]
In the GPU and Power control panels set the power management mode to maximum performance[citation needed]
Turn off the mini-map in-game[citation needed]

The mini-map can drop the frame rate up to 10-20FPS if you are not using FF13Fix, depending on the scenes. The mini-map can be toggled off in-game.

Use a controller instead of the mouse/keyboard, or fake using one[22]

This slowdown is fixed by FF13Fix. Some users have reported that using a controller instead of mouse/keyboard increases FPS and prevents stuttering. If you don't have a controller, vJoy is an alternative. This may be because the game is searching for an input device and timing out, causing the stutter. It fires the event every one second.

In addition, the following steps may help, possibly needed every launch:

  1. Unplug controller
  2. Launch the game
  3. Exit the game
  4. Plug in the controller
  5. Launch and play the game
Disable hyperthreading on Intel processors[23]

Somewhat extreme.[citation needed]

Disable all occurrences of "HID-Compliant Device" in the Device Manager[24]

Helps for some, but is somewhat extreme and can make your OS unbootable.

Try closing web browsers (such as Google Chrome)[citation needed]

This solved a stuttering issue in one particular instance.

Enable Half Refresh Rate Vsync in the GPU control panel

This can eliminate stuttering by locking frame rate to the game engine's original 30 FPS.

Launcher doesn't launch[edit]

Use Final Fantasy XIII Combined Custom Launcher

Use it instead of the official launcher. It also provides more options (e.g. more windowed mode resolutions)

Bypass the launcher and run the program directly[25]

Run <path-to-game>\white_data\prog\win\bin\ffxiiiimg.exe with the desired command line arguments:[12]

  • -Width=1920 and -Height=1080 control the width and height of the display resolution.
  • -Shadow=512 controls the shadow resolution (512, 1024, 2048, 4096, or 8192).
  • -Msaa=4 controls the MSAA amount (2, 4, 8, or 16).
  • -FullScreenMode=Force runs in full screen mode. -Fullscreen=window-mode forces windowed mode.
  • -VoiceJPMode runs the game with Japanese audio. Without this the game has English audio.

Could not secure sufficient VRAM[edit]

This issue occurs when launching the game due to the inability to allocate the required VRAM.[26]
Check if you meet the system requirements through Steam. It can be done directly by entering steam://checksysreqs/292120 in a web browser. There are additional checks such as Can You RUN it available.[26]
Run "dxdiag.exe" and ensure at least 256 MB is shown under "Approx. Total Memory" under the "Display" tab.[26]
Close other applications and services using VRAM[citation needed]
Assign more RAM to the GPU[26]

This is a method for just one particular setup. Other setups may vary.

  1. Restart and enter the BIOS configuration when starting up, typically by pressing one of the F1-F12 or DEL keys.
  2. Under "Peripherals" then "GFX Configs" ensure the "Graphic Interface" is set to "Force".
  3. An option to assign RAM should appear. Select the a sufficient higher value from the list such as 2 GB.

Abnormal eyelashes and hair[edit]

When antialiasing is completely disabled through system drivers or external programs, features such as eyelashes and hair display abnormally.
When antialiasing is completely disabled through system drivers or external programs, features such as eyelashes and hair display abnormally.
MSAA is required for proper alpha-to-coverage on hair and eyelashes.[27]
In the Nvidia Control Panel ensure "Antialiasing - Mode" is not set to "Off" in "Manage 3D settings"[citation needed]
In the AMD Catalyst Control Panel ensure "Anti-Aliasing Samples" is not set to "None" in "3D Application Settings"[citation needed]

Macroblock-like hair artifacts[edit]

This fix is for Nvidia users with GeForce 400 series (Fermi architecture) or higher and occurs only when using MSAA (on by default).[9][28]
Follow the Nvidia anti-aliasing guide under the section "anti-aliasing" to create or modify an Nvidia Profile Inspector profile for "ffxiiiimg.exe" and set "Antialiasing fix" to "On" under "Compatibility"[9]

Continuous cursor cycling in menus[edit]

Symptoms of this issue include continuous cursor cycling through menu entries as if the user was pressing a directional button.
Disable offending HIDs in Device Manager[29]

Go into Device Manager and start disabling your Human Interface Devices (HIDs) one by one until you find which one is causing the issue. It's been reported that redundant HID-compliant gaming controllers are usually the issue, often created by third party accessories such as DolphinBar.

Missing text during enemy scans on resolutions other than 1280x720[edit]

Display resolutions other than 1280x720 can cause missing text during enemy scans, such as whether an enemy is vulnerable to specific status effects et al.[30][31]
Use FF13Fix

Crashes when saving[edit]

The game can crash when saving with Steam Cloud synchronization active. This can also result in corrupted save files.
Disable Steam Cloud synchronization for the game[citation needed]
  1. Right-click the game in your Steam library and select "Properties".
  2. Uncheck/deselect "Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for FINAL FANTASY XIII" under "Steam Cloud" in the "Updates" tab.
  3. You'll have to copy your saved data from Steam Cloud to %LOCALAPPDATA%\SquareEnix\FinalFantasyXIII\save\.

Mouse cursor stays on screen[edit]

The mouse cursor may appear on program launch and will not disappear.[32]
Use FF13Fix[citation needed]
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change HideCursor = false to HideCursor = true.

Xbox One Controller bug in menus[edit]

This issue seems to happen when using the controller in wireless mode.
Try using the controller plugged in via USB
Use Final Fantasy XIII Fixer[33]
Run the utility before and alongside the game each time you play. This may be incompatible with FF13Fix.

Controller vibration doesn't work[edit]

The game lacks the controller vibration support found in the console versions entirely.[1]
Use FF13Fix[34]

Crash to desktop on Chapter 8: City of Dreams (Nautilus)[edit]

Change resolution temporarily[35]
  1. Set the game to run in windowed mode, or a lower resolution full-screen mode.
  2. Run through where the crash occurs and watch the cutscene
  3. save the game and change it back to your regular settings

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz dual core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2000 series
256 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/292120/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (292120) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Steam Forums - "We want 1920x1080 and Graphic Options"
  2. PC vs. PS3 cutscene comparison
  3. Bittercup on NeoGAF on modding the PC cutscenes with the PS3 versions
  4. Steam Forums :: Concerning The Quality OF FMV Cutscenes
  5. 5.0 5.1 How to cut down game size to 29GB
  6. Square_Jason on Steam forums on deleting cutscenes: "FYI/Note - if you verify your game at any stage it WILL redownload these files."
  7. Steam Forums - Lost Save Games or Saves from other sources
  8. 8.0 8.1 View topic - Final Fantasy XIII | WSGF
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Guru3D Forums - Final Fantasy XIII anti-aliasing Guide
  10. rebtd7/FF13Fix: Performance and bug fixes for the PC versions of FF13 and FF13-2
  11. Game's manual on Steam
  12. 12.0 12.1 Some starting options for ffxiiiimg.exe
  13. In-game shadow issues highlight
  14. rebtd7/FF13Fix: Performance and bug fixes for the PC versions of FF13 and FF13-2
  15. 1440p glitch highlight (Image is 200% the original size so that the glitch is more noticeable)
  16. Face-Off: Final Fantasy XIII | Eurogamer
  17. Tech Analysis: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 vs 360) | IQGamer
  18. Durante Presents: FFXIII resolution unlocking (GeDoSaTo plugin) released - pre-alpha : Page 32 | NeoGAF
  19. NeoGAF Forums - Knurek on resource usage vs. FPS problems
  20. FFXIII Series Outside Developer POV
  21. Square Enix forums - Frame rate pacer pros/cons
  22. Stuttering / laggin cutcenes - FPS FIX
  23. Fixing stuttering, alternative fix, if plugging gamepad/keyboard on/off did not help
  24. Stuttering in FF XIII PC ? Try this, worked for me.
  25. Steam forums - Launcher has stopped working
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Steam forums - Could not secure sufficient VRAM when booting the game
  27. Durante on MSAA for alpha-to-coverage
  28. Video example using in game 4xMSAA
  29. Steam Forums - Game starts scrolling through all menu options randomly
  30. FFXIII December Patch Date Announcement - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: FINAL FANTASY XIII
  31. Steam Forums :: Text data about enemies missing. Others?
  32. Steam Forums :: Is the mouse cursor suppose be on screen?
  33. Fix: Xbox One controller in menus :: FINAL FANTASY XIII General Discussions
  34. Release FF13Fix 1.4.0 · rebtd7/FF13Fix
  35. Steam Discussion
  36. Verified by User:MetalPlateMage on 7 August 2015
    System requirements recommend an XInput controller but this game does not use XInput drivers. See NeoGAF Forums - Knurek on FFXIII not using xinput.dll.