Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn cover
Square Enix
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Release dates
Windows August 27, 2013
macOS (OS X) (Cider) June 23, 2015
macOS (OS X) November 29, 2019
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack, Subscription
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Unlock, Boost, Free-to-grind, Infinite spend
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Persistent, Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Art styles Anime
Themes Fantasy
Series Final Fantasy
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This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Key points

Cross-platform play with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players.[1]
Free content updates are released every 4 months, though most additional content may require the latest expansion to play.

General information

Patch Notes archive
Technical Support forum
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Install the client and use Mog Station for CD key and account management.[2]
The retail OS X version only comes bundled with Heavensward.
macOS (OS X)
Developer website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
macOS (OS X)
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
macOS (OS X)
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
As of Mar 2022, requires the Steam client and a linked Steam account to launch.
Expansions will have to be purchased on Steam to activate properly on a Steam-enabled FFXIV account.
All versions require a constant internet connection for all game modes.
The NA version requires a North American Square Enix Account.
The EU version requires a European & other Regions Square Enix Account.
The JP version requires a Japanese Square Enix Account.

Free Trial[edit]

The Final Fantasy XIV Free Trial is available to new players as a free, limited version of FFXIV.

Free trial members are limited to 1 character per world (server), up to a maximum of 8 characters total.
Characters can only carry up to 300,000 gil each, and are restricted from using the Market Board, retainers, and some social features.
Coinciding with the release of Patch 5.3, characters created in the free trial are now capped at Lv. 60 (previously Lv. 35), and can play up to the end of the Heavensward expansion, including all additional content added as part of that expansion.


A standalone benchmark is available for Windows.


Type Notes
Subscription A monthly subscription is required to play beyond the limitations of the Free Trial.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Grants access to the Heavensward expansion.
Included with the Starter Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Grants access to the Stormblood expansion.
macOS (OS X)
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Grants access to the Shadowbringers and Stormblood expansions.
macOS (OS X)
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Grants access to the Endwalker expansion and all previous expansions.
macOS (OS X)


Type Notes
Boost Players can purchase class boosts up to level 80. In order to access the latest content, players must complete all story content previously released. Players can additionally purchase a book that instantly completes these quests up to the starting point for the latest expansion.
Cosmetic Players can purchase a number of items that are exclusive to microtransactions. This includes outfits, mounts, minions, emotes, chocobo bardings, orchestrion rolls, and premium variations of Eternal Bond ceremonies. Rare dyes and seasonal items from previous events are also available. Dyes can be obtained infinitely or, purchased from other players with in-game currency. Seasonal Items are obtained for free during the event associated with them and then can be purchased with microtransactions later on, usually after a year has passed.
Infinite spend The Online Store is frequently updated with new content. The majority of microtransactions can be purchased repeatedly without any practical limit.
Unlock Unlocks include redoing Character Creation (Fantasia), Server Transfer, Character Name Change, and access for up to 8 additional retainers. New players receive a single Fantasia through in-game storyline progression.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Client and character settings can be backed up to Square Enix servers on the character selection screen. Character progression is saved to servers automatically.[3]


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
AMD Eyefinity doesn't work with DX11.
Quest cutscenes feature black bars when playing in non-16:9 resolutions. Mid-battle cinematics support all aspect ratios. For a fix, install Dalamud by using the XIVLauncher and get the plugin "Ultrawide Cutscenes". Beware that third-party modifications go directly against the game's Terms of Service, and can be a bannable offense if discussed publicly.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV is determined by aspect ratio. 16:9 is 78° horizontal. Use FFXIV Zoom Hack to change it. Beware that third-party modifications go directly against the game's Terms of Service, and can be a bannable offense if discussed publicly.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x. Bilinear and Trilinear filtering modes are also available.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Automatically enabled when using the built-in framerate limiter.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Character physics effects are reduced at framerates above 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Can be forced via Special K.
Ray tracing (RT)
Color blind mode
Protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia. Filter strength can be adjusted using the "Range" slider.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
System Configuration > Mouse Settings > Mouse Camera Sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Both X and Y axes can be inverted independently. Options for both 3rd and 1st Person camera modes are available.
Controller support
Full controller support
Must input Username and Password with Keyboard. Chat and other features may also require keyboard input.
Controller remapping
Limited remapping to areas of controller. Eg, all front buttons can be set to do a select few things things, but cannot be applied to bumpers buttons / sticks vice versa.
Controller sensitivity
Character Configuration > Control Settings > Camera Speed (Analog Stick)
Controller Y-axis inversion
Both X and Y axes can be inverted independently. Options for both 3rd and 1st Person camera modes are available.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Support for additional DualShock/DualSense features (controller speakers, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers) was added in Patch 6.0.
DualShock button prompts
DualShock 3, DualShock 4, and DualSense configurations are available.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Button prompts can be changed manually between ABXY, DualShock 3, DualShock 4, and DualSense modes.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Dialogue, System Sounds, Ambient Sounds, and Performance.
Volumes for the player, party members, and all other player characters can also be adjusted independently, as well as listening position (camera-based or character-based)
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 supported.
Featured in all cutscenes and dialogue events. Cannot be disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be tweaked to allow specific sound sources to remain unmuted even when focus is lost.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Only available as part of the separate Chinese version.
Simplified Chinese
Only available as part of the separate Chinese version.
Only available as part of the separate Korean version.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
Requires an internet connection at all times while playing.
Supports cross-play with PS4 and PS5 versions.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Players can match up with other players from their data center for dungeon and raid content using the Duty Finder system.
Multiple data centers to choose from depending on player region. There are no sub-regional splits per region (e.g. All North American data centers are NA West, located in California).
Direct IP
Players can freely visit other world "servers" using the World Visit System, and visit other data centers within their region using the Data Center Travel system. However, travel between different regions (e.g. North America to Oceania) is currently restricted.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 443, 54992-54994, 55006-55007, 55021-55040
UDP 55296-55551
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Error 90000[edit]

This is a generic error code for disconnection from the game server. This issue may have something to do with your local network configuration, or ISP packet shaping/throttling.[4]

Fatal DirectX Error (11000002)[edit]

This is a generic error appearing when some sort of graphics or graphics driver issue causes the game to grow unstable and crash.
These errors are typically caused by high GPU load or graphics card overclocks; the game is very sensitive to unstable GPU and memory clocks and will frequently crash in scenarios where other games would not.

Issues fixed[edit]

Poor performance on macOS systems[edit]

Switch to and install the unofficial XIV on Mac launcher.
Utilizes more efficient translation (custom Wine, DXVK+MoltenVK) to increase performance by up to 2X over the official client
Features support for popular third-party tools, such as GShade, Dalamud, Anamnesis, and more
Provides unofficial support for Apple Silicon chips, with increased performance (128GB M1 Ultra configurations not supported)

Stuck at loading screen before character selection[edit]

Stuck at loading screen before character selection[5]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn\
  2. Edit FFXIV.cfg
  3. Change CutsceneMovieOpening from 0 to 1
  4. Save the file and restart the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 The DirectX 9 client can be activated in the launcher, but is not officially supported and is set to be deprecated in the near future.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
32-bit/DirectX 9 is included, but no longer officially supported.
macOS (OS X)
A 64-bit update to the game client was released in late November 2019.[6]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750
AMD Radeon R7 260X
DirectX 11 compatible
Current system requirements as of Patch 6.0 (Endwalker). These are subject to change with the release of subsequent expansions.
Due to the removal of support for TLS 1.0/1.1 encryption in Patch 6.15, Windows 7 is no longer officially supported and cannot connect to the game servers without registry modifications.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.15 (Mojave), 11.1 (Big Sur), 12.4 (Monterey)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Recommended model: iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) or newer
A resolution of 1600x900 or higher is recommended.
Certain Japanese language conversion functions differ from the Windows version.
Apple Silicon chips (M1 series, M2) are not officially supported, and run the game under Rosetta translation.
Graphical corruption issues may occur under certain circumstances if using Intel Iris Pro graphics.


  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>/39210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.