Final Fantasy 14: This is what you can expect in the PS5 beta

Final Fantasy 14: This is what you can expect in the PS5 beta

Final Fantasy 14

Square Enix has kept its word and launched the Open Beta of the online role-playing game Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn on the PS5. So you can now plunge into the great MMO adventure on Sony's NextGen console and, above all, take a closer look at the technical innovations. At this point we reveal what you can be prepared for.

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How to take part in the FF14 Open Beta on the PS5

If you Already owns the PS4 version of Final Fantasy 14, you can download the free PS5 upgrade from the PlayStation Store. As soon as you have completed the installation, you can start the game and take part in the open beta. At the same time, a free test version of Final Fantasy 14 for the PlayStation 5 is available in the PlayStation Store, which you can also use for the beta test.

What changes does the PS5 version of Final Fantasy 14 offer?

The most striking innovations are, of course, in the technical area of ​​online role-playing games. Among other things, you can look forward to resolutions of up to 4K (2160p) and a refresh rate of up to 60 frames per second. However, you can only achieve the latter in the slightly lower resolutions (1440p and 1080p). With the 4K resolution, around 40 FPS are possible. In addition, there are significantly shorter loading times due to the fast SSD hard drive, improved UI elements and 3D audio. In addition, the haptic feedback of the DualSense controller is supported, which should provide a slightly more intense gameplay.

Square Enix has already promised to work on further changes and improvements for the PS5 version of Final Fantasy 14. Among other things, prettier textures and drilled out assets are on the program.

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Final Fantasy XIV Runs Like A Dream On The PS5

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I will wear even the dumbest hat if it doubles my experience points.

If I weren’t holding a DualSense controller while playing the PlayStation 5 beta of Final Fantasy XIV I would think it was running on my gaming PC.

As much as I love my massively multiplayer online role-playing games, I hate playing them on game consoles. They always look muddy and the frame rates are always abysmal. It’s a shame to take a beautiful PC game like, say, Black Desert Online, and turn it into a sluggish mess to shoehorn it onto an Xbox One or PS4.

Final Fantasy XIV on the PS4 fared better than most in the trip between PC and console, but the difference between the two versions was still too much for me. The game felt mushy around the edges on the console, not nearly as crisp and vibrant. On the PlayStation 5, however, things are looking and feeling so sharp and lovely. The lights are bright, the edges are sharp and clean, and the latest version of my go-to catboy character, Back Clawtooth, has never looked prettier.

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The frame rates are silky smooth at full HD resolution, which is exactly the sort of smooth I like them to be. Square Enix says that at 4K resolution in crowded places the frame rate dips but always stays above 30, but as someone who prefers a faster lower-resolution monitor, everything is buttery on my screen.

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It’s nice to have options. Without them, UI designers would be bored and sad.

Would you like to see for yourself? I took the liberty of recording a little video. I complete a quest, hop around like an idiot, and then teleport to the city, which takes far less time than it ever has on a console before, thanks to PS5 magic.


Getting used to the game controller is tricky, but I am getting there, and if I really wanted to chat with folks I’d hook up a keyboard. At this rate, I might never do that. Folks are overrated.

The PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy XIV is the first console MMO I’ve played that doesn’t feel like a console MMO. The fact that I want to keep playing it and not run screaming back to the extra teraflops of my expensive gaming PC is the highest praise I can give.