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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
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG, RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy XIII on IGDB
Final Fantasy XIII guide on StrategyWiki
Final Fantasy XIII on MobyGames
Final Fantasy XIII on Wikipedia
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Final Fantasy XIII is a JRPG that was released on PC in 2014. It was developed and published by Square Enix.

The game was released in 2009 on PS3 and Xbox 360. The game offers radical changes of gameplay compared to past titles, such as the streamlining of elements like exploration and combat. The PC version offers a Japanese-exclusive easy mode.

The game has some visual glitches on resolutions higher than 720p, but unofficial fixes could help alleviate the problem, as the game was originally designed for the PlayStation 3's Cell processor, this port incorrectly processes all game logic on a single thread, the engine's resource management could also be broken, leaving the CPU and GPU to be underutilized. [1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

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
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows

Version differences

The Windows Store version has a different build of the game featuring a new launcher along with the addition of a "Quit Game" option, added to the game's party menu and pause menu screens.

Essential improvements

FF13Fix

Not compatible with the Windows Store version due to UWP restrictions
A mod that fixes low framerates on capable machines and uncaps framerate, features include:
  • 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

Remove unused pre-rendered cutscenes to free up space

The game features dual audio for the ROW release and has a separate pre-rendered cutscenes for both audio languages. Removing these cutscene files for either of the audio languages frees about 20 GB of space.[2]
Verification and updating by Steam will redownload the files.[3]
Remove English or Japanese cutscene files[2]
  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 suffix.
    • To remove the English cutscenes, delete the 18 files with the us suffix.

Game data

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.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\setup.xml[Note 1]
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\FFXIII\MS\config.json
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292120/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

The Steam folder is used when Steam Cloud is enabled; otherwise, the Windows folder is used.[4]
System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\SquareEnix\FinalFantasyXIII\save\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\39EA002F.FFXIII_n746a19ndrrjg\SystemAppData\wgs\<user-id>\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/292120/remote/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292120/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

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

Video

Launcher options in ROW version.
Launcher options in ROW version.
In-game options in ROW version.
In-game 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.[5] Use Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix.
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed 16:9.[5] 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
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use the GPU control panel or a tool like GeDoSaTo.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. DSR or VSR can be forced through the GPU control panel.
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.[6]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Windowed

Force windowed mode
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change ForceWindowedMode = false to ForceWindowedMode = true.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Force borderless mode
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change Borderless = false to Borderless = true.

Vertical Sync (Vsync)

Example of pixelated and jagged shadows at lower shadow resolution.
Example of pixelated and jagged shadows at lower shadow resolution.
Force Vsync off
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change PresentationInterval = 1 to PresentationInterval = -1.

Pillarboxing on ultrawide monitors

Pillarboxing (black bars) will appear on ultrawide monitors.
Use the Ultra wide fix
  1. Download and install Final Fantasy XIII Ultrawide Fix.
  2. Unpack the archive and open the Settings.ini file through a text editor like Notepad.
  3. Change Fullscreen = 0 to Fullscreen = 1 and specify the width and height of your ultrawide screen's resolution.
  4. After specifying the values, save the file and copy all files to the following two locations:
    "\FINAL FANTASY XIII\" and
    "\FINAL FANTASY XIII\white_data\prog\win\bin\"
  5. This should remove the black bars

Shadow rendering imperfections

Shadow rendering is slightly different compared to the console versions. At lower shadow resolutions, shadows appear pixelated and jagged at the edges while at higher shadow resolutions, the shadows do not look pixelated and the jagged edges are gone, but the shadows start to look hard and dense.[7]

Input

The menu section of Keyboard Settings.
The menu section of Keyboard Settings.
The menu section of Gamepad Controls.
The menu section of Gamepad Controls.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Movement and camera orientation keys are not remappable.[8]
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 is the confirm button and A is the cancel button, disabling it does the reverse.[9]
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 or Steam input.
DualShock button prompts
See Controller button prompts.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
No rebinding.
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts
The game comes by default with its own gray color Xbox styled prompts on PC.
Alternatively, the Xbox 360 version colored button icons can be used as well, see Console button prompts.

For DualShock button icons, see Console button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Has to be disabled for Haptic feedback through FF13Fix
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

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

Unlock Confirm/Cancel button configuration

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

Controller vibration doesn't work

The game lacks the controller vibration support found in the console versions entirely.
This fix is incompatible with the Windows Store version of the game.
Use FF13Fix[10]

Xbox One Controller bug in menus

This issue seems to happen when using the controller in wireless mode.
This issue does not occur in the new Windows Store version of the game.
Use Final Fantasy XIII Fixer[11]
Run the utility before and alongside the game each time you play. This may be incompatible with FF13Fix.

Audio

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.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Worldwide (audio not available in Asia).
Traditional Chinese
Asia only.
French
Not available in Asia.
German
Not available in Asia.
Italian
Not available in Asia.
Japanese
Worldwide (UI and subtitles only available in Asia).
Korean
Asia only.
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Fan translation by «FFRTT.ru».
Spanish
Not available in Asia.

Issues fixed

Missing effects at resolutions higher than 1280x720

Display resolutions other than 1280x720 can cause certain text boxes to not render properly.
The Windows Store version of the game has this issue when the game is set to run in a resolution higher than 1920x1080.
Use FF13Fix
This fix is incompatible with the Windows Store version of the game.

Right analog stick doesn't move the camera and wrong controller bindings

The right analog stick doesn't move the camera, or other button assignments/bindings are completely wrong.
Enable Steam Input for the game.
  1. Right click on the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Properties > Controller.
  3. In the "Override for Final Fantasy XIII" drop down menu, select "Enable Steam Input"

Inconsistent 60 FPS

While there are several workarounds and fixes for inconsistent FPS (an issue not entirely unique to the PC port[12][13]), this may be due to issues within the game engine itself.[14][15]
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.[16]
The Windows Store version mitigates this issue to an extent, but the framerate is still inconsistent in certain sections of the game.
Use FF13Fix to immensely improve the frame rate
This fix is incompatible with the Windows Store version of the game.
Turn off the mini-map in-game

This isn't required to be done for the Windows Store version.

Constant stuttering in game

This issue is caused by the game's controller hot plugging function constantly searching if a controller is connected or not and timing out if it doesn't detect a controller, thereby causing the stutters. It fires an event every one second.
The issue has been fixed in the Windows Store version.
Use FF13Fix
Use vJoy to trick the game into thinking that a controller has been plugged if a keyboard and mouse is the preference for gameplay.[17]

Macroblocking-like artifacts on character hair

This is a bug that can occur on pre-Pascal Nvidia cards causing small black square artifacts to keep flashing on the character's hair.
Use anti aliasing fix from Nvidia Profile Inspector [18]
  1. Download Nvidia Profile inspector from here.
  2. Select Final Fantasy XIII from the Profiles drop down list.
  3. Under "1 - Compatibility" section (top of the profile) set the Anti-aliasing fix option to on
  4. Hit Apply on the top right corner and close the inspector.

Abnormal eyelashes and hair

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.[19] On certain PC's the option is disabled from the driver side, resulting in this bug.
Ensure Anti-aliasing mode is not disabled or set to Override in the control panel

For Nvidia Cards

  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. In the Program settings Tab, add the exe file of the game which is named ffxiiiimg.exe from the drop down list in the center.
  3. Set the Anti aliasing mode option to Application Controlled if it was previously set to Off or Override application setting from the set of drop down options below.
  4. Hit apply, and close the control panel.

For AMD Cards

  1. Open the AMD Radeon Settings
  2. Select the Global settings tab and here in this section, set the Anti-aliasing mode option to Use Application settings from the set of drop down options below.
  3. Close the Radeon settings panel

Game uses incorrect refresh rate

By default the game forces a 60 Hz refresh rate in full screen mode.
Use FF13Fix
You can edit FF13Fix.ini to specify a custom refresh rate.
This fix is incompatible with the Windows Store version of the game.

Pixelated screen bug when using 2560x1440 resolution

2560x1440 resolution breaks the game, making it look more pixelated than it should.[20]
Use FF13Fix
This fix is incompatible with the Windows Store version of the game.

Mouse cursor stays on screen

The mouse cursor may appear on program launch and will not disappear.[21]
This fix is incompatible with the Windows Store version of the game.
Use FF13Fix
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change HideCursor = false to HideCursor = true.

Game crashing on Chapter 8: City of Dreams (Nautilus)

The game crashes on certain resolutions when it begins playing the first cutscene in Nautilus.
Here is a list of resolutions on which the crash occurs:
  • 1366x768
  • 1600x1050
  • 2036x1273
  • 2103x1183
  • 2351x1323
  • 2715x1527
  • 3325x1871
Change the resolution temporarily to a lower supported one[22]
  1. Set the game to run at a different screen resolution that is not mentioned in the above list of resolutions from the game launcher.
  2. Play through the area where the crash occurs and watch the cutscene.
  3. Save and close the game. Change back to the resolution you were using before and continue playing.

Launcher doesn't launch

Bypass the launcher and run the program directly[23]

Run <path-to-game>\white_data\prog\win\bin\ffxiiiimg.exe with the desired command line arguments:[9]

  • -Width=1920 and -Height=1080 controls 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 setting, the game has English audio instead.
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)

Could not secure sufficient VRAM

This issue occurs when launching the game due to the inability to allocate the required VRAM.[24]
This error seems to occur if the game is launched with high graphics quality settings, 4 GB Patch applied, and the computer doesn't have enough system RAM to be able to handle the game. [25]
Assign more RAM to the GPU[24]

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 that "Graphic Interface" is set to "Force".
  3. An option to assign RAM should appear. Select a sufficiently higher value from the list such as 512 MB.

Continuous cursor cycling in menus

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 [26]

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.

Crashes when saving

The game can crash on certain configs when saving with Steam Cloud synchronization active. This can also result in corrupted save files.
This issue does not occur in the Windows Store version of the game.
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\.

Other information

Modding

A mod which allows for subtitles in any language in any version of the game is available here.
Mods offering improvements like higher quality models, higher resolution textures and 4K cutscenes are available on Nexus Mods.

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video Out-of-engine and few in engine cutscenes.

System requirements

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. FFXIII Series Outside Developer POV
  2. 2.0 2.1 How to cut down game size to 29GB
  3. Square_Jason on Steam forums on deleting cutscenes: "FYI/Note - if you verify your game at any stage it WILL redownload these files."
  4. Steam Forums - Lost Save Games or Saves from other sources
  5. 5.0 5.1 View topic - Final Fantasy XIII | WSGF
  6. rebtd7/FF13Fix: Performance and bug fixes for the PC versions of FF13 and FF13-2
  7. In-game shadow issues highlight
  8. Game's manual on Steam
  9. 9.0 9.1 Some starting options for ffxiiiimg.exe
  10. Release FF13Fix 1.4.0 · rebtd7/FF13Fix
  11. Fix: Xbox One controller in menus :: FINAL FANTASY XIII General Discussions
  12. Face-Off: Final Fantasy XIII | Eurogamer
  13. Tech Analysis: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 vs 360) | IQGamer
  14. Durante Presents: FFXIII resolution unlocking (GeDoSaTo plugin) released - pre-alpha : Page 32 | NeoGAF
  15. NeoGAF Forums - Knurek on resource usage vs. FPS problems
  16. Square Enix forums - Frame rate pacer pros/cons
  17. Stuttering / laggin cutcenes - FPS FIX
  18. Guru3D Forums - Final Fantasy XIII anti-aliasing Guide
  19. Durante on MSAA for alpha-to-coverage
  20. 1440p glitch highlight (Image is 200% the original size so that the glitch is more noticeable)
  21. Steam Forums :: Is the mouse cursor suppose be on screen?
  22. Chapter 8 - Force close/bug
  23. Steam forums - Launcher has stopped working
  24. 24.0 24.1 Steam forums - Could not secure sufficient VRAM when booting the game
  25. Verified by User:Stormshadow429 on 2022-12-03
    I am using an iGPU to run the game, I have only 128 MB of VRAM and it is way lower than the system requirement yet I am able to run the game smoothly, this is definitely likely because I have MSAA set to x4, Resolution set to 1280x720, and Shadow Resolution set to 1024x1024 with 8 GB system RAM, which means my graphics quality settings are low.
  26. Steam Forums - Game starts scrolling through all menu options randomly
  27. 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.