No, Final Fantasy XV does not require 170GB of storage space

No, Final Fantasy XV does not require 170GB of storage space

No, Final Fantasy XV does not require 170GB of storage space

Over the past few days, a large number of websites have been spreading the “fact” that Final Fantasy XV would require 170GB of storage space on PC, a fact that has now proven to be false. 
This information was initially spread by Square Enix PR, who accidentally listed this below an early trailer and a press release for the game’s PC version, a trailer and press release were both later taken down and edited to remove this info. Sadly this did not stop reports of this 170GB storage requirement from spreading.  
Final Fantasy XV’s Director, Hajime Habata, has confirmed that this was a miscommunication. These specifications are for the current version of the game which is currently still in testing stages, which means that the game requires further optimisation and the game could easily be condensed down to a smaller size.  
Below is Hajime Tabata’s full comment on the issue.  
That was a mistake, actually. That was a communications mistake – something got put in a memo that really shouldn’t have. What that is [the specifications that went out to press] based on the specs that we’re running the demo on today.

Again, the final specs for the release version haven’t been fixed yet. There’s a very good chance they can change. Someone put that in there and it got reported as the recommended specs, but that’s not the final fixed version. The fact that it became that number is a communication error.

Many have reported that this huge game size is in part due to the large 4K textures that the game will use, which could be later compressed down to a more manageable size be developers. Alternatively, the 4K texture pack could be separated into an optional (Free) download on Steam to allow lower-end PC users to avoid these huge texture files entirely.  


The game as it was demoed at Gamescom required a GTX 1080 Ti GPU to hit a 4K resolution, though the developers say that the game can be turned down to “console” levels or perhaps lower to allow it to run better on PC. 

[The game can be turned down] at least as far as the same level as the console edition, maybe looking to going even further than that in future.


Final Fantasy XV is set to release on PC in early 2018 on Windows 10, Steam and Origin. 


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