Back in April, Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida explained that the upcoming PS4 Pro support coming for the game alongside the Stormblood expansion will include two separate modes.
The first option will retain the current 1080p resolution, but will increase frame rate. The second mode will hold the same frame rate performance we have now, but will increase resolution.
Of course, this prompted many to ask themselves what kind of resolution the game would be able to hit on PS4 Pro while using the second mode, and whether it would be native or upscaled. At the recent Stormblood Media Tour in Germany, DualShockers had a chat with Yoshida-san himself, and we asked him exactly that.
Yoshida-san revealed that resolution won’t be native, but it will be upscaled to 4K, also explaining the reasoning behind the choice: Final Fantasy XIV displays many characters on screen at the same time, and aiming for native 4K would result in unstable frame rate. He added that when there is no motion, native 4K results in a beautiful image, but when you start moving around frame rate suffers.
Rather than having a beautiful image when standing still, the team opted to aim for beauty in motion as well, so they deliberately opted to avoid native 4K, instead aiming for frame rate stability with many characters displayed on screen.
During our conversation, Yoshida-san shared a lot more details about Stormblood, so you should definitely stay tuned on DualShockers for the full interview, which will come very soon.
If you want to see more about Stormblood, you can watch more footage showing the new city of Kugane, the Ruby Sea (including underwater diving and exploration) and The Peaks, more featuring the the Shisui of the Violet Tides dungeon, listen to the beautiful theme song for the expansion, “Revolutions,” and download the benchmark to test out your PC. Last, but certainly not least, you can read our hands-on preview of the expansion, and see some great new screenshots and character renders showing disciple of the land and hand gear and lovely vistas.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will release on June 20th exclusively for PC and PS4, with the PS3 version of the game getting discontinued.