I ran the FFXIV Official Benchmark today on m computer that is about two years old. Some of you may remember that I upgraded right around the time Age of Conan came out. The results weren’t so great.
FFXIV looks really nice. Even in the alpha videos there wasn’t much to complain about graphically other than the art style which isn’t the same thing anyway. Unfortunately, I won’t even get a chance to play it and see for myself.
According to the Benchmark, my score is 1307.
Looking at the scale:
[8000 and over] Extremely High Performance
Easily capable of running the game on the highest settings.
[5500–7999] Very High Performance
Easily capable of running the game. Should perform exceptionally well, even at higher resolutions.
[4500-5499] High Performance
Easily capable of running the game. Should perform well, even at higher resolutions.
[3000-4499] Fairly High Performance
Capable of running the game on default settings. Consider switching to a higher resolution depending on performance.
[2500-2999] Standard Performance
Capable of running the game on default settings.
[2000-2499] Slightly Low Performance
Capable of running the game, but may experience some slowdown. Adjust settings to improve performance.
[1500-1999] Low Performance
Capable of running the game, but will experience considerable slowdown. Adjusting settings is unlikely to improve performance.
[Under 1500] Insufficient Performance
Does not meet specifications for running the game.
My computer, which runs any game I want to play right now above 30 frames (most closer to 50 or 60) on high settings, won’t be able to even meet the specifications for running FFXIV. Maybe it’s poorly coded benchmark? I hope? I’m not going out to upgrade for FFXIV when my computer performs without so much as a hitch in any game, let alone a MMO. I’m not alone because there are a lot of people out there posting that they can’t play the game.
Until I hear that there’s something terribly wrong with the benchmark, this thing has done me a favor by allowing me to know early that I won’t be able to play.