Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition PC Performance Review

Conclusion

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition PC Demo Performance Review

Conclusion  

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition is built for future hardware, with graphical settings that exceed the already demanding console version while allowing PC gamers to aim for higher resolutions and refresh rates than today's consoles can ever provide. 

Settings like "Luminance" and VXAO in the game's options menu points towards a future where HDR displays and more powerful GPU hardware is common, though thankfully the game can scale down to offer a great gameplay experience on today's systems.  

On PC gamers can aim for 60FPS, something which is unavailable to consoles in all but the least demanding scenes on systems like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, which even then requires games to unlock the game's framerate manually. On PC with the right settings, this is possible across most of the game, provided that your CPU is up to snuff. Looking at our CPU tests, we can see that the game is played optimally on CPUs with an SMT enabled quad-core or higher-end models, particularly in demanding scenes. 

When comparing AMD and Nvidia AMD's hardware is having a much tougher time, especially in certain demanding test cases, though in a lot of areas performance is closer. When push comes to show AMD's GPUs can fall behind, as can be seen with our R9 380 and RX 480, though this could change with game patches and new GPU driver releases. 

Looking at the title's GameWorks options individually, most of them have a minimal performance impact, with Nvidia VXAO having by far the largest impact. Sadly HairWorks hasn't gotten a thorough a testing as we would like, but repeatable areas with boss monsters often require a long run between save areas and reproducible test cases, making dedicated testing challenging. We could do a repeated battle with Garula, but its the boss monsters the make the best use of HairWorks. 

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition is an extremely demanding release, one which will likely challenge PC hardware for quite some time. This version is Final Fantasy XV's definitive release, offering the ability to get the best visuals and performance, provided you have powerful enough hardware. 

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08-03-2018, 15:43:39

Gambit2K
We already know this game is heavily promoted by nVidia and they have helped alot in it's developement. So for me personally this test isn't that interesting with the very limited GPU selection available. RX580 4 and 8 GB, Vega 64 and 56 is a must, otherwise I see no point in even looking.Quote

08-03-2018, 15:52:17

WYP
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Originally Posted by Gambit2K View Post
We already know this game is heavily promoted by nVidia and they have helped alot in it's developement. So for me personally this test isn't that interesting with the very limited GPU selection available. RX580 4 and 8 GB, Vega 64 and 56 is a must, otherwise I see no point in even looking.
We are working to get a Vega 56 on site for games test, big problem here is Denuvo, which will lock people out after a certain number of hardware changes, which is a real pain. This is why not many places do CPU testing as well as GPU testing.

The RX 580 is basically a higher clocked 480, the perf gap is relatively small there, as our RX 480 is a factory overclocked Strix model. As is the difference between the 4GB and 8GB versions, only VRM capacity and in some cases VRAM clocks are changes, so differences only occur when capacity limited or bandwidth limited.

Thanks for the input.Quote

08-03-2018, 16:17:30

Dicehunter
The game is pretty but from the few hours I've played so far I don't think it should command such a performance hit, A few optimisation patches are needed me thinks.Quote

08-03-2018, 17:22:58

WYP
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
The game is pretty but from the few hours I've played so far I don't think it should command such a performance hit, A few optimisation patches are needed me thinks.
In densely forested areas the game can look phenomenal, though I do agree that some areas could have looked a lot better.Quote

08-03-2018, 19:31:58

RedSymphony
On page 4 in the (High vs Highest) comparison, it says 'Average Preset' in the top left and 'High Preset' in the top right of the slider image. Had me confused for a bit.Quote
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