Final Fantasy XV

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Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition cover
Developers
Square Enix
HexaDrive
XPEC Entertainment
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Luminous Studio
Release dates
Windows March 6, 2018
Final Fantasy XV on MobyGames
Final Fantasy XV on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy VII 1998
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Final Fantasy XI 2003
Final Fantasy XIV 2010
Final Fantasy VII (2012) 2012
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013
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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
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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 everything from Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition, which contains all DLC released prior to PC release, alongside many additional new features, gameplay, and story content.
Features new Nvidia GameWorks rendering effects not previously seen in console releases.
A benchmark and demo are both available.
Supports Steam Workshop. Mod organizer is available here (for Origin and Microsoft Store). Steam version is available via Steam store.

General information

Official site
Square Enix support page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Disc contains about 8 GB of data, the rest (~80 GB) must be downloaded through Steam.
Windows
Publisher website
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Steam and Origin versions use Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Powerup Pack Pre-order exclusive on Microsoft Store.
Windows
Decal Selection Pre-order exclusive on Origin.
Windows
Fashion Collection Pre-order exclusive on Steam.
Windows
The Sims 4 Pack Exclusive to Origin early purchasers. Ended 1st May 2018.[1]
Windows
Half-Life Pack Exclusive to Steam purchasers. Previously slated to be exclusive to early purchasers but was later changed to all Steam purchasers on 2nd May 2018.[2]
Windows
High-Resolution Pack Free high-resolution movies and textures.
Windows
Episode Ardyn Ardyn's playable story.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Special K - FFXV Mini-Mod[edit]

Allows users to block certain input devices to prevent the game from hitching every time it loads the icon for another input device.
Lowers the Steam API overhead of the game; provides more stable frame render times and shorter loading times on certain hardware configurations.
Includes options that fix thread scheduling options in some threads, that causes starvation on graphics/audio threads.

Game data[edit]

The Steam and Origin versions do not respect a relocated Documents folder unless symlinks are used.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\39EA002F.FINALFANTASYXVforPC_n746a19ndrrjg\LocalState
Origin %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XV\Origin\savestorage\
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XV\Steam\<user-id>\savestorage\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/637650/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\39EA002F.FINALFANTASYXVforPC_n746a19ndrrjg\SystemAppData\wgs
Origin %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XV\Origin\savestorage\
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XV\Steam\<user-id>\savestorage\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/637650/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud
Save data can be cross-saved between Xbox and PC.[3]

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:10 aspect ratios are letterboxed.
Multi-monitor
HUD is spanned.[4][5]
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Up to 8K.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also available but may not work correctly, see Issues unresolved.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Only goes up to 8x in-game, set 16x in config file or force via GPU control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TAA, SSAA and DLSS.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Presets for 30 FPS, 60 FPS and 120 FPS. See Frame rate (FPS).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR10

Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

Unlock or set to desired framerate[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open GraphicsConfig.ini.
  3. Set MaxFramerate=xx (where XX is the desired value).
  4. Save and close the file.

Notes

Do not use 0 as this can cause a division by zero exception and crash the game.[6]

Input settings[edit]

Mouse and keyboard settings.
Mouse and keyboard settings.
Gamepad preset selection menu, displaying generic buttons. Xbox and DualShock buttons are also natively available.
Gamepad preset selection menu, displaying generic buttons. Xbox and DualShock buttons are also natively available.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
There seems to be a slight smoothing effect.[citation needed]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No cursor, instead you can move the selected option up or down by moving the mouse up or down.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput and DualShock 4 natively supported.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
3 different presets.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Found under the Camera section.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
No native support. Uses Steam Input API instead.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be disabled.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, SFX, Voice, Audio players.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1. Supports Spatial Audio (Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos HRTF).[8]
Subtitles
Option to display speaker names also available.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op
Windows Store version supports crossplay with Xbox One.[9]

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not save[edit]

Add ffxv_s.exe to anti-virus exceptions[10]

Stuttering[edit]

Downgrade Steam version to v1.25[edit]

Game patches after version 1.25 introduced severe stuttering in the Steam version of the game. [11] This issue is not present in the Microsoft Store or Origin versions.
In order to solve this, you must roll back the game to version 1.25. Savegames saved on any update after 1.25 cannot be rolled back, and will not work on version 1.25. However, existing saves will not be modified by the rollback process. Updating the game renders them playable again (albeit with the same stuttering issues). Updating the game also does not, by itself, modify existing saves. So long as you don't overwrite any save made prior to version 1.25, they will remain playable upon rolling back again.
Be warned that DLC content "Episode Ardyn" will not be accessible from version 1.25. You may however play the entire game, including previous DLC episodes, up to Episode Ardyn and then update the game. It is recommended to make a back-up save on a different save slot before updating the game, so that you may go back to version 1.25 and continue playing the game up to before Episode Ardyn without performance issues.
Roll back to version 1.25
  1. Make sure you have at least 18GB of free storage available in the drive where you installed the Steam client.
  2. Right click on your Steam shortcut, click properties and add -console after Steam target.
  3. Launch Steam and click the "CONSOLE" tab, visible in the Steam client's top bar (alongside Store, Library, etc.)
  4. Insert the following console command, then press Enter:
    download_depot 637650 637651 8904421868518945116 7368819816363508111
  5. It will begin to download the package to the Steam/steamapps/content folder located in your Steam Client's install location, in a folder named app_637650 slightly over 17GB. You can check your Steam Downloads section to make sure your network is downloading the package. You should see network activity, even though no downloads will be listed. When the download is complete you will recieve a message on the Steam console.
  6. Copy the contents of the depot_637651 folder (located within the aforementioned app_637650 folder) to your game folder and replace all files when prompted.
  7. The game is now on version 1.25. You may start it normally. All savegames will be visible, but only those created on version 1.25 or earlier will remain playable while on version 1.25.

Increase pagefile size[edit]

Final Fantasy XV uses heavy resources on a PC's paging file, which acts as alternate virtual RAM.[12]
If the paging file is set too low (such as a maximum of 2 GB), this can act as a performance bottleneck, resulting in frequent stutters while exploring. This is especially true if the system's RAM is 8 GB and under. Increasing the paging file size (such as from 2 GB to 8 GB) can drastically improve performance and reduce stutters.
Increase pagefile size
  1. Open start menu, type "run" and use run command.
  2. Enter systempropertiesadvanced. Go to "Advanced" tab and click settings.
  3. Go to "Advanced" and choose "programs" instead of "background services".
  4. Under virtual memory, click change. Uncheck "Automatically manage paging file for all drives" at the top.
  5. Select custom size. Although there is no definitive paging file size, try making the initial and maximum both 12288.
  6. Click OK and restart your computer. Try the game to see if performance is improved.

Disable button prompts[edit]

This is an alternative to disabling input devices with the Special K mod, see Essential improvements.
Disable the "Guide" in the in-game settings[13]

Blurry visuals/graphical artifacts on non-standard resolutions[edit]

In-game screenshot showing graphical issues on the left and correct rendering on the right.
In-game screenshot showing graphical issues on the left and correct rendering on the right.
Playing the game in rather uncommon resolutions (4:3 or 16:10 aspect ratios) can cause rendering issues which are noticeable by odd shadows on top of textures and ghosting around characters (see picture). Multiple ways of fixing the issue are available.
Disable ambient occlusion[14]

Notes

Disabling and then enabling it again also works until the next loading screen.
Increase resolution scaling[14]
  1. Lower the in-game resolution.
  2. Increase the render resolution to 200%.

Notes

Visual result may not be optimal, increased performance impact.
Create a custom 16:9 resolution via the GPU control panel and switch to it on the desktop and in-game.[14]

Notes

Make sure the GPU does not scale/stretch the resolution to avoid blurring. Although this will cause additional pillarboxing.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Exclusive fullscreen not available[edit]

Setting the "Fullscreen" option to "On" should enable exclusive fullscreen, however on some configurations the game may still run in borderless windowed mode. A possible workaround is to use the Special K framework (see Essential improvements) and select "Fullscreen Mode" in the display tab of the Special K control panel. [15]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Modifications[edit]

More responsive NVIDIA Turf Effects grass + longer lasting trails[edit]

Small edit to the responsiveness and longevity of flattened grass. Requires NVIDIA Turf Effects to be enabled.

ffxvDitherPatch[edit]

This utility allows you to narrow the terrain blending (dithering) effect.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-6100 3.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon R9 280
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectSound compatible
Other Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos support
These recommended specs are for 1080p 30 FPS. Recommended specs for 4K 30 FPS and 1440p 60 FPS with HDR are noted with (4K HDR) and can be found at the official website.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/637650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (637650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Get ready for some amazing The Sims 4 and Final Fantasy XV themed costumes in both games!
  2. FFXV Half Life Pack Available Indefinitely - Square Enix - Steam Community
  3. Microsoft Store - FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION - last accessed on 2018-03-08
    "Save data can be cross-saved between the Xbox One software “FINAL FANTASY XV” (released 29th November, 2016) and "FINAL FANTASY XV ROYAL EDITION" (released 6th March, 2018), and “FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION.”"
  4. FFXV PC (Triple Monitors / Eyefinity / Surround) - last accessed on 2019-12-30
  5. Final Fantasy 15 Demo, nvidia surround = low FPS? - last accessed on 2019-12-30
  6. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-03-13
    Verified that both Steam and UWP versions are affected by it.
  7. Verified by User:SavvyKat on 2018-03-08
  8. Games in Dolby
  9. Microsoft Store - FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION - last accessed on 2018-03-08
    "Additionally, through a post-release content update, gameplay data from “FFXV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES” (game add-on) can be cross-played between the Xbox One software “FINAL FANTASY XV”(released 29th November, 2016) and "FINAL FANTASY XV ROYAL EDITION" (released 6th March, 2018), and “FINAL FANTASY WINDOWS EDITION"."
  10. Steam forums - i cant save my game
  11. Steam forums - The update that causes the constant micro freezing (+ FIX)
  12. Steam forums - Final Fantasy XV and Pagefile Usage
  13. stuttering :: FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION General Discussions - last accessed on 2019-12-26
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Verified by User:Waschbär on 2019-12-27
    Tested custom resolution: 1664x936 instead of 1680x1050.
  15. No more EXCLUSIVE FULLSCREEN !!!!!!! :: FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION General Discussions - last accessed on 2019-12-26