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Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail Will Have Higher System Requirements

It's going to take a bit more power to touch the new grass.

Final Fantasy XIV's upcoming graphical update has been in the works for some time, and fans got a new look at the changes it will bring during the Fan Festival keynote. Higher-fidelity visuals, however, will require more processing power to run.

When A Realm Reborn launched in 2013, it was released on Windows and Playstation 3. Graphics in video games have made many advancements in the last 10 years since the game's relaunch. PCs have become more powerful, Sony is now on its fifth iteration of the Playstation console, and FFXIV director and producer Naoki "Yoshi-P" Yoshida, accompanied by Microsoft's Phil Spencer, announced that the game is coming to Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

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Now that gaming hardware is much more capable, it's safe to say that FFXIV's new paint job is long overdue. Those who play on a console will have nothing to worry about, but PC players may need to make some minor upgrades depending on how dated their hardware is.

New system requirements for FFXIV Dawntrail

 Minimum System RequirementsRecommended System Requirements
OSWindows 10 64 Bit, Windows 11 64-bitWindows 10 64 Bit, Windows 11 64-bit
CPUIntel Core i7-6700 or higherIntel Core i7-9700 or higher
HDD/SSD Space140GB or more140GB or more
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or higher
AMD Radeon RX 480 or higher
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or higher
AMD Radeon RX 5600 or higher
Screen Resolution1280x7201920x1080

These new requirements aren't the biggest leap compared to Endwalker's, as most MMOs don't push players' hardware to the extreme in hopes of casting the widest net in terms of accessibility. However, those who had previously been struggling to run Final Fantasy XIV at even its lowest settings may find that the minimum requirements for Dawntrail are more demanding of what their PCs are capable of. With over a year until the next expansion's release, there's plenty of time to make any needed upgrades before exploring the new world.

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Mills Webster

Mills is a freelance writer and lover of all things video games. He has played Final Fantasy XIV since 2016 and is a lifelong fan of the Final Fantasy franchise.