The Gamescom 2017 has left us with so much to discuss. The best that we could get out of it is the Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition. Well, the beautiful red rose has come with some thorns around it which goes like, “A single GTX 1080 Ti won’t be enough to run the game.” Yup the game has been loaded with so many visual enhancements that you are going to need a graphics setup stronger than a single 1080 Ti.
The Game Director Hajime Tabata says:
Supporting 60fps will be possible, but considering the spec you’d need to get that level—with native 4K, HDR, and a good 60fps—the machine we’ve got here couldn’t do that at the moment. That’s a GTX 1080 Ti, and even with that 60 frames is not possible.
Will you buy a second 1080 Ti for that? Well, Tabata refuses the idea:
So, multiple cards, there’s the loading of the previous frame and you have that little bit of delay. It doesn’t allow for that proper 60 frames. In order to get that really smooth 60 frames, you need a higher capacity base in order to do that. All the physics simulations as well need to be refreshed in every frame—if you have two cards running in tandem there’s that little bit of delay between the sending of data between the two cards and that’s what makes it impossible.
So what to do? Unfortunately, for the time being, you cannot play with 60 frames per second and native 4K resolution. You’ll have to drop some of the settings. After all guys, GTX 1080 Ti is not the last graphics card of the world. Games like Final Fantasy XV last for decades and I am sure that this year or in the earliest of next year, we will be getting a graphics card strong enough to rip off the extensive graphics work in the Windows Edition of the game. Interestingly, the game also supports Dolby Atmos and a brand new first-person view mode. Explaining about the game a bit more, Tabata says:
If my team were going to be in charge of the next Final Fantasy game, we probably would set up the basis of development on that high-level PC architecture—I think that’s something that we’d do. But looking into the future, you have to consider cloud-based games—the answer might be different depending on how far down the line we’re talking about.
I think this is for us a great opportunity in getting the game out to the PC market that the latest Final Fantasy game is serious about the PC market and its players. We’re taking on that challenge with everything we’ve got and it’d just be great to get some kind of feedback on that, players’ reactions and understand what people are expecting towards our game.