Square Enix has climbed down from its original claim that Final Fantasy XV is a 170GB install, citing a "communications mistake" that led to the wrong system specs being sent to press. 

"That was a mistake, actually," explained Final Fantasy XV director, Hajime Tabata. "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".

Phew, that should mean the final version of Final Fantasy XV should be much more reasonable, although it's likely still a very demanding game that will require a top-end GPU to play at 4K. In terms of scalability, Tabata said that the visuals can be dropped at least as far as the console version of Final Fantasy XV, and potentially even further with additional patching. FFXV is no graphics slouch though, even on the Xbox One, so if the minimum visuals on PC are on par with Xbox One, expect Final Fantasy XV to be one of the more demanding games around.

Original Story - Final Fantasy XV PC Recommended System Requirements Revealed - 170GB Game Download

Earlier on today, Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition was announced for PC. It's the same game released on consoles last year, complete with all DLC included, a maximum of 8K resolution support and all sorts of PC-exclusive graphical goodness. All this does come at a cost though, and Final Fantasy XV's recommended system requirements are some of the highest we've ever seen.

Final Fantasy XV Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • HDD: 170GB Available hard drive space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Square Enix has become one of the first publishers to classify 4K resolution support as the official recommended spec. Final Fantasy XV is playable in up to 8K resolution but Square Enix reckon a mere 4K monitor with HDR10 support should do the trick.

As such, the recommended requirements for Final Fantasy 15 are sky high. The highest we have ever seen, in fact. We'll start with the CPU requirements. These are actually pretty reasonable compared to the rest of the specs but don't let this fool you, these are both very capable processors that will set you back several hundred dollars.

On the GPU front, a meaty graphics card is required to pump out FFXV at 4K. Nothing less than the best will do, and the best is currently Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, complete with 11GB GDDR5X. AMD doesn't have a graphics card which can meet these specs, although it should be achievable with Vega in CrossFire.

Lastly, the big old number you probably haven't been able to take your eyes off. Final Fantasy XV will require 170GB available storage space to install. That's 29 Skyrims, three GTA 5s. Final Fantasy XV will be the largest PC game in the world. A large chunk of that will be down to the 4K textures which appear to be bundled in. You may have to spend $200 on a new SSD but look on the bright side - Final Fantasy XV is future proofed.

I have to say, I really like this tweet about it from @itsamedennis:

With any luck, the minimum specs for us 1080p gamers are going to be much, much lower but we'll have to wait to see. It is interested Square Enix has opted for 4K for recommended though, rather than the usual Ultra. Could we be beginning to see a shift to 4K as an accepted norm?

Anyway, as ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Final Fantasy XV System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Final Fantasy XV GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Final Fantasy XV Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.