Final Fantasy XIV Director Praises PS4’s High Hardware Specs and Memory, Confirms Vita Remote Play and More

This morning Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia released a video interview with Final Fantasy XIV: a Realm Reborn Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida as part as its “Conversations with Creators” series.

In the Interview  Yoshida San made a series of interesting points on how the PS4 version of Square Enix’s MMORPG will look and feel  when it’ll be released next year. Here’s a summary of his answers:

  • Since the hardware specs of the PS4 are high and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will use them to their full potential, there will be a large improvement in the number of characters displayed on screen at the same time compared to the PS3 version, and in the quality of each character. The difference in graphical fidelity will be very visible.
  • Remote Play with the PS Vita will be fully supported. Yoshida-san makes the example of gathering, fishing, crafting or questing solo while relaxing on the couch on the PS Vita, and then, when the time for party play starts, one can switch to the PS4 to enjoy the challenging dungeon content on the big screen.
  • A companion app for the PS Vita is planned, including a database and the features of the new Lodestone, but Remote Play is the priority.
  • It will be possible to point and click in the PS4 version using the touch pad of the DualShock 4, improving the user interface further.
  • It’ll be possible to upload video using the Share button of the PS4 due to licensing agreements done with voice actors (Japanese laws are rather strict on this), also, videos made with the Share button will be useful to learn how to do difficult high level dungeons.
  • There will be no change in the content of the game moving from the PS3 version to the PS4 version, as the game will be fully cross platform, so you’ll still be able to play with the same friends.
  • Yoshida-san encourages players to consider switching to the PS4 version from the PS3 version, because the PS4’s hardware allows for an impressive performance, much better graphics and displaying 100 or 200 people at the same time on the screen. The passage will be immediate and seamless because the servers are the same and transferring character data is not necessary.
  • When asked about his point of view as a creator on what he likes the most of the PS4 Yoshida-san responded that it’s the memory size, because it gives more freedom of expression and design. You can create higher quality characters and levels. He also appreciates the wider choices of play style represented by the share button, Remote Play and companion apps. He feels that the PS4 will test the development team, making things easier and harder at the same time.

In my own interview with Yoshida-san, he explained that we can expect graphics comparable with the PC version from the PS4 version, and that’s no small feat. It’s hard not to be excited by the perspective of what we’re going to see when the game will launch on PS4.

In the meanwhile you can check out the video of Sony’s “Conversations with Creators” interview just below.

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  • foureyes oni

    i can’t wait to see the comparison videos.

  • Garrison Shields

    That’s the sound of a PS4 copy being sold, SE. Word up!

  • What the.. is this for real? Those are a LOT of awesome features!

  • ramz

    Please make PC version Vita compatible!! XD

    • ramz

      just realized this is a stupid comment since you can just log into the ps4 with your PC account and use vita from there…

      • Carlo

        I thought the game was tied to your PSN account / platform

        • ramz

          from my understanding you would still need to buy the PS version if you own the PC version as the two different registration keys would need to be inputted onto their respective systems to play the game, but as soon as that’s done you can login with the same character you use on PC onto your PS. I hear you will still get the free 30 day game time for both purchases, not sure about the validity of the free game time though.

  • Carlo

    im so glad i got a vita ;3

  • CrystalPulse

    FF 14 Arr in my pocket. Some much needed Vita love.

  • PbFarmer

    This is VERY strongly making me consider a Vita purchase. Already planned on FFXIV for PS4.

  • Nightpanda

    I’m wondering if I will need to re-purchase the game, as I have both PC and PS3 versions.

    • Carlo

      Hopefully not since you have the ps3 I only have the PC so either way I’m buying it again. The only thing I’m waiting for is if they manage to make it across the ps+ payroll. 15$ + Ps+ isn’t going to be nice / welcomed. Just look at TESO :<

      • Tenetan

        They have said that there will be games that won’t require ps+ for multiplayer, what games they have not said but I would presume games that is not hosted and maintained by Sony.

        • Carlo

          True DCUO is one though it is f2p. And Sony did say before its up to the publishers on what they’ll lock behind the ps+ wall from what I remember

    • Zerosion

      You most likely will.

  • TTTT

    3:00 ruined my story line TTTTTTTTTTTTT. I didn’t know the legatus girl goes into minfilias place!!!!!

  • Darqing

    I can’t wait to play XIV on the VITA in my bed!!! That will be sooo cool!!! 😀

  • PrinceHeir

    glad i waited for this!!!

  • Nicholas Perry

    “The difference in graphical fidelity will be very visible.”

    From the PS3 version? Obviously.

    I’d still love to be able to walk out of Gridania from the bridge into the black shroud without zoning but trade offs they have to make for the PS3 and to make it more scalable.

    Hopefully the PS4 version will run at 60FPS too.