Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition

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Final Fantasy XV is finally coming to Windows PCs this week. Dubbed as Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, it sports upgraded visuals, options for higher resolutions, and even HDR — a rarity for most PC games these days. With publisher Square Enix putting in a whole lot more effort on this port over the likes of Chrono Trigger and past Final Fantasy titles, here’s what you need to know about what could be the definitive way to play Final Fantasy XV.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition release date and unlock time
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition release date is March 6 the world over. It is available for purchase via Origin, Steam, and the Microsoft Store. And if you prefer it on disc, there’s a physical copy available for pre-order as well. Though much like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it just includes the install files for Steam and not the entire game.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition unlocks on Steam, Origin, and Windows Store at 10pm IST on March 6, 2018.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition system requirements
This is the PC you’ll need to play Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition at various resolutions:

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition minimum requirements (playable at 720p)

OS: Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8.1/Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 or AMD FX-6100 (3.3GHz or higher)
Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760, 1050, or AMD Radeon R9 280
RAM: 8GB Hard drive space: 100GB or higher
DirectX: DirectX 11
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition recommended requirements (playable at 1080p)

OS: Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8.1/Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350
Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX480
RAM: 16GB
Hard drive space: 100GB or higher
DirectX: DirectX 11
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition 4K HDR requirements

OS: Windows 10 64-bit with Fall Creators update
Processor: Intel Core i7-7700 or AMD Ryzen 1600X
Video card: Nvidia GeForce 1080Ti
RAM: 16GB Hard drive space: 155GB or higher
DirectX: DirectX 11
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition price
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is Rs. 2,899 on Origin, Steam, and the Microsoft Store. It’s a bit cheaper at retail, priced at Rs. 2,499 and it works with Steam making it the most cost effective option. Final Fantasy XV is $50 internationally.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition download size
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition download size is at least 100GB if you’re playing it at 1080p or 720p. If you plan on tackling this adventure in 4K, you’ll need 155GB of space. It’s colossal even by modern day standards with the average big budget game clocking in at around half of that amount if not less. The massive file size is due to the inclusion of high quality assets and other visual options exclusive to the PC version.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition preload
You can preload Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition right now. Though keep in mind that due to its file size, decrypting the files will take awhile, around at hour at least. This is the case if you buy the game from Steam. Origin and Windows Store downloads don’t have to worry about waiting to play it any longer after preloading.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition contents
This is what you get with Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition

An all-new dungeon – Insomnia City Ruins: Expanded Map
New features such as first person mode, new gear, and new bosses.
All season pass content – Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades, and Episode Ignis.
Armiger Unleashed – after you collect all 13 royal arms, a more action-oriented mode of the Armiger is unlocked.
Royal Vessel – the boat from FFXV is now a controllable vehicle. The same body of water (between Cape Caem and Altissia) can now be freely explored.
Over a dozen pieces of DLC, including weapons, Regalia car skins, and item sets.
The game itself – Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition pre-order bonuses
Pre-ordering Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition on Steam gets you the Final Fantasy XV Fashion Collection — a costume for the game’s protagonist, Noctis. If you buy the game before May 1 you get the Final Fantasy XV Half-Life pack. It contains the Half-Life HEV suit and Crowbar that you can use in Final Fantasy XV’s single-player story mode and in Comrades — the game’s multiplayer component.

If you pre-order Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition or purchase it before May 1 from Origin, you get cosmetic items that tie-in with EA’s The Sims franchise. The Sims 4 in particular. These include a purple llama suit you can use in Final Fantasy XV’s story and a red llama suit you can use in multiplayer along with The Sims’ iconic plumbob.

So far, no pre-order bonuses have been announced for those buying the game on the Windows Store. Though if you own and play Final Fantasy XV on the Xbox One or One X, you can continue your playthrough on PC thanks to the Xbox Play Anywhere program that extends to this game on the Windows Store.