Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Official Benchmark Gets an Update

March 14, 2013

If you’re one of the thousands spamming twitter endlessly with your Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn benchmark score, Square Enix released today an updated version of your new favorite toy.

The new version, numbered, adds something rather critical for an application designed to assess the performance of a game on a PC: settings for full screen and borderless windowed modes. In addition to that, it also fixes a few bugs:

  • An issue wherein certain error messages were erroneously displayed.
  •  An issue wherein the file FFXIV.cfg was created in the root directory where the benchmark client was installed. (If installed on the C drive, C:\)
  • An issue where clicking the start button multiple times would load multiple instances of the benchmark.
  • An issue wherein the DirectX version information was not correctly verified.

Of course that’s minor stuff, but the new screen settings are quite relevant if you don’t plan to run the game in a window (like me, why would I waste precious screen space on those ugly Windows borders?).

This also bodes well for the inclusion of a borderless windowed mode for the actual game. Too many developers still forget about such a crucial feature, forcing gamers to resort to third party programs that don’t always work and use memory on top of it.

You can download the updated benchmark here, while I sit on a very comfortable  6486 at maximum settings. Can’t say I’m not happy with that score.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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