In September of this year, when the two Final Fantasy XVI DLCs were announced, it was also revealed that a port of the game for PC was in the works. While everyone knew it was in development, until today, no further details were known about this PC version of the latest installment in the Final Fantasy series.
At the moment, we don’t know when this PS5 exclusive will be released on PC, nor the technical specifications needed to play it. However, in a recent interview with Famitsu, producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed at least one thing: you’ll need an SSD.
According to the translation by PCGamesN, Yoshida referred to the PC version by saying, “Details will be announced in due time. However, I would like you to prepare an SSD. Even if we did our best to adjust the GPU, in Final Fantasy XVI, a game where loading speed is crucial, a hard disk drive would be agonizing.”
“Of course, we will do our utmost to optimize as much as possible,” he continued. “But we cannot overcome the hardware barrier alone, so please consider an SSD as essential. We will announce the exact recommended specifications at another time.”
For those unfamiliar with the differences between a hard disk drive (HDD) and a solid-state drive (SSD), SSDs are faster because they read data digitally, greatly facilitating the execution of large-scale video games. However, being superior, they also tend to be more expensive than traditional hard drives, which is why many PCs do not come with one built-in.
Considering the graphic intensity of Final Fantasy XVI, it’s not surprising that you’ll need an SSD to play it, although this might be disappointing for those wanting to try the game on slightly older systems. Additionally, in the same interview, Yoshida also mentioned that we shouldn’t expect a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XVI (following the tradition of this series).