Today, Square Enix released a benchmarking tool for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition. This benchmarking tool is pretty straight-forward and is somewhat limited. It only has three options; Lite, Standard and High. It however, does support 720p, 1080p and 4K resolutions for testing. Oddly enough, there is no option to benchmark at 1440p. There’s also no FPS meter, so we can’t any framerates to a more concrete idea on what we’re seeing. That’s slightly disappointing.

What tool will do is give you an idea of what your machine will run like if you decide to pick up the full game. So while it may be somewhat limited, it does what it’s meant to do. Once it’s done the deed, it will give you a score and ranks it according to Square Enix’s and Nvidia’s metrics. You can see those ranks here and here, as what they mean. There’s some solid stuff in there, so definitely check it out.

That said, since this is a new benchmarking tool, we went ahead and gave it ago. Below you’ll find several videos of the tool in action, all running off a med-high gaming PC. The testing PC consists of a Ryzen 7 1700, GTX 1080 and Windows 10. Many may call this a bit of overkill, while others will say this is just the right configuration – who are we to judge. It plays games decently at 1440p and 4K, and that’s exactly what we need it to do. Based on the benchmarking tool, we’re hitting the sweet spot and shouldn’t have any issues playing Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition.

We’ve tested both the high and standard settings, at both 1080p and 4K. Here’s how we scored:

1080p @ high settings: 5966
1080p @ standard settings: 6609
4K (3840×2160) @ high settings: 3373
4K (3840×2160) @ standard settings: 3906

What we can walk awa with is that the game is very GPU intensive. While we scored decently on the 1080p segments, according to the scoring, we’d experience not issues. Decent graphics and frame rate. Still, it doesn’t touch the very high scoring, which starts at 9000. I’d imagine you’d need a GTX 1080 Ti or above to reach that. Which we have, but haven’t tested it yet. 4K, on the other hand, is gong to be a standard affair. Nothing too great, but it is 4K. So unless there’s a SLI in the mix, I expected that sort of score. Hopefully, more driver optimization will help with up the scores a bit more before the game is released.

Update: I ran the test on my main rig, which consists of a Ryzen 1800x and GTX 1080 Ti. The 4K scores at high sat at 4356, which is 1000 points higher than the GTX 1080. But still isn’t enough to push me to the very high area. Meaning that even with this card, at 4K, I’ll have to drop the settings to get a decent framerate. More testing to be done, but for now there’s where we sit.

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Check out those videos below. The 4K videos will take some time to encode, so they won’t be available in 4K right at the start.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition releases for Windows PC on March 6, 2018.

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Keith Mitchell
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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. You can find him on Twitter as @Shadowhaxor or you can email her at keith.mitchell@theouterhaven.net.