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Final Fantasy XIV PS4 vs PS3 Screenshot Comparison: Huge Difference Shows Generational Leap

Here's a comparison between several screenshots of the upcoming PS4 version of Final Fantasy XIV, and the same elements in the PS3 Version of the game, showing a huge generational leap, probably marking the most radical change between two versions of a cross-gen game. (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, PS3, PS4)

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richierich  +   775d ago
I don't see much of a difference
Abriael  +   775d ago
Thick glasses. You need em. Or maybe you need to click on the screenshots to see them at full resolution :D
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iansannes  +   775d ago
Besides much better textures and less jaggies, which is great, I see no other major improvements. I cant wait til the new consoles are the ones where development is focused, when we will see vast improvements and more features/effects not possible on old consoles.

In a way LOD and better shadows are similar to improved textures in that they increase the clarity of the image, but they don't add any new 'effects', they just make them better.

However, you are right that more characters on the screen is a very important feature. And the game does look good, and thanks for a great, fair comparison by the way.
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Abriael  +   775d ago
@iansannes: shadows, LOD, reflections, normal maps. There's a lot more than jaggies and textures.

There's also the fact that the PS3 version displays only a limited number of characters at a time (the rest is invisible), while the PS4 has that limit much higher, like PC. That's a big difference in a MMO.

This game was developed and optimized for PC primarily, not for PS3, so it's definitely a game focused on the next generation (PC has been next generation for a while) not on the old one.
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Arai  +   775d ago
What resolution is the PC version running at?
Because both the PS3 as well as the PS4 version looks like crap in comparison (too much blur).
Perhaps not crap but it's a lot more blurry, asking because I'll be starting to play the game soon.
ape007  +   775d ago
@Abriael, i really don't know what you're talking about, is it denial or new age gamers that didn't go through past generations

the two versions are almost identical and intact, no leap at all, just higher res textures, better AA and stuff, that is in no way shape or form a huge generational leap, it's a shame for anyone to say this, a huge leap is something that cannot be done intact on past gens, like Division and Unreal Engine 4 etc...

this is insulting to the real gamers

have u live through NES vs SNES

SNES/genesis vs Neogeo

SNES/genesis vs ps1/N64

ps1/N64 vs ps2/Xbox/GC

Ps2/Xbox/GC vs ps3/xbox360

really big difference?? really?.......i will never understand modern gamers

splinter cell 1 xbox vs ps2 (same generation) show a much bigger difference than most ps3/360 vs ps4/X1 games so far

the first true nextgen game that will come is Watch Dogs because it cannot be made INTACT on past gen
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Bimkoblerutso  +   775d ago
I don't think anyone is denying that it's a better looking game on PS4. Only that this is not the dramatic "generational leap" the article makes it out to be.

Not that anyone expected it to be. It's a fine looking game, but it's roots are in old tech.
joab777  +   775d ago
I already know by comparing DCUO on ps3 and ps4. Screenshots r one thing. Wait until u see it in motion...when its crisp, clear and plays like a dream. I can't wait.
Abriael  +   775d ago
@Bimkoblerutso: sorry but no. Its roots are on PC, which is newer tech then next generation consoles :D

It also uses a completely new engine which is a customized spin off of Luminous.
guitarded77  +   775d ago
I don't like sites using the stream for comparisons. We all know quality is lost when streaming, I'm sure it will look better on the PS4 than these screens show.

Anyway, great game... I'm playing it on PS3 right now, and plan to continue playing it on PS4.
Buff1044  +   775d ago
First comment is the correct one. Looks similar to PS3. You guys are funny.
Pain  +   775d ago
It's like night and day PS4 version is much better.

haters hate the rest are just blind fanboys.
dedicatedtogamers  +   775d ago
The game looks beautiful but I'm not that much into MMOs. Hopefully this game continues to get a lot of support from SE and Sony.
Abriael  +   775d ago
@ape007: The PS4/PC version doesn't have pixels as big as your thumb, and textures that look like a blurry mess. It also displays 3 or more time as many characters as the PS3 version, as the article mentions, and you ignored.

Sorry to burst a bubble, but anyone that actually played the PS3 version knows what I'm talking about. You obviously didn't, so you don't know what you're talking about.

As a matter of fact the PS4/PC version of FFXIV cannot be done "intact" in past generations (nice definition invented by yourself, by the way). The PS3 version is a highly maimed version of the game, that even like that stretches the hardware to its limits.

You seem more mad that the game isn't on your platform of choice. As a matter of fact, I think you are.
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360ICE  +   775d ago
Huge difference
Only available in full resolution :P
UltimateMaster  +   775d ago
If you buy the PS3 version, you get the PS4 version free.
NewMonday  +   775d ago
PS4 obviously better even though it was using the same engine as cross-gen game , better resolution and lighting and like Abriael says the differences go on to gameplay it's not just about graphics.
TheGreatGamer  +   775d ago
Open in fullscreen and then tell me you don't see a difference
Kayant  +   775d ago
What Abriael said you need to zoom in.

Detail in the rocks for example is more apparent, the colours are warmer & accurate.
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Ol_G  +   775d ago
So i need to zoom in on rocks to see the next gen differences
I'm sorry but that's not what i call next gen
This game is just an upscaled version of the ps3 version
I'll wait for real next gen games to form an opinion but this doesn't scream next gen
Kayant  +   775d ago
"So i need to zoom in on rocks to see the next gen differences" - Well ofc that's not the full res how do you expect to notice differences if you're not viewing the image natively, also the captures are from a stream so there's some quality loss there.

"This game is just an upscaled version of the ps3 version" - Not from what they have said it isn't I think it's putting it too simply.

"I'll wait for real next gen games to form an opinion but this doesn't scream next gen" - Well true it's a cross gen title afterall so difference is not going to be massive as it would if this was a PC/PS4 only title.
its_JEFF  +   775d ago
I see a really big difference, actually. Two extra Asian men in the lower bottom left corner. LOL
Theyellowflash30  +   775d ago
Ok, that was funny. lol
Aleithian  +   775d ago
From these pictures, I don't see much difference either. There's a few noticeable differences, that people point out in comments here. But I don't see evidence of the huge generation gap from these pictures.

That said, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a significant difference in-game. I'd really like to see a video comparison. I couldn't tell much of a difference between ACIV on PS3 and PS4 until I saw a video comparison, for instance.
Remember when the ps4 power fans got happy against pc version?


All versions are not impressive.
gapecanpie  +   775d ago
Not this BS game again, with sh**ty graphics on any system including PC.... show me a real intense graphical game and not some tu*d.
blakstarz  +   775d ago
I agree, where is this HUGE difference?
ABizzel1  +   775d ago
Click on them to see the difference, it's an improvement, but it's not mindblowing.

Textures look much better, AA is much better, vegetation looks much better, PS4 is more crisp and has a cleaner image, and of corse PS4 is 1080. Not the next-gen wow, but it's an improvement for such as short time in development.

Most of these developers porting their games to the new consoles have had less than a year to do it, so instead of waiting too long to fully improve the game by redoing all the textures, enhancing character models, and getting the framerate stable at 60fps, they doing rush jobs to get the games out so they can capitalized on getting new games out there to play for gamers, and getting these ports out before the bigger TRUE next-gen games start to release (at which point their port will get overlooked).

You got to take it for what it is. If it's a game you enjoyed/missed on the PS360 but didn't get the DLC, and you want to run through it again with better graphics. Then that's what these are for, plain and simple :D
worldwidegaming  +   775d ago
The easiest way to see a difference is to look at the floor.
Tsar4ever  +   775d ago
It's easy to see that the PC version will ALWAYS fare better than the consoles for one reason only, The PC can and will always be able to run the same types of multiplat games titles in HIGHER RESOLUTION.

Console games highest rez achievable on HDTV's is 1080p(2304k). Pc games of the same game title on a monitor could surpass 1080p and rise as high as 7680×4800(36864k)WHUXGA. *That is if your dedicated GPU could handle it.

But anyways, Decent port Playstation. GO PS4!!
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bornsinner  +   775d ago
agreed, i don't want to cause a fanboy suicide but the ps4 isn't as powerful as believed.. it doesn't look much of a difference at all. even Carmack says the xbone & ps4 hardware is essentially the same. so much for 50% more power lol
2muchw1nn1ng  +   775d ago
It's much more clear if you click the images and view them full-screen. Some shots really do show the difference graphically. I also find it amazing how the PS4 is really close to the PC version, minus a few details such as extra shadows and such.

All in all, the game is going to look good on the PS4 and PC and the PS3 chugs along quite nicely considering its aged hardware.
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jc12  +   770d ago
yeah, i dont see much of a difference either.

I really wish this "new" generation of consoles were able to pack in 12gb of ram and a cpu frequency closer to 3ghz. Such is clearly not the case though, oh well.
jamz4  +   775d ago
They've done a great job on the PS3 version to make it somewhat comparable to the other 2.
kingduqc  +   774d ago
You mean, they done a horrible job a taking advantage of much more powerfully system. 7 year old hardware looking like new one isn't a "Good job" its a damn shame and lazy work. I dont even understand why people agree with you this is just bad for everyone.
Sm00thNinja  +   775d ago
No matter how you try and convince yourselves otherwise all 3 versions are comparable. This isnt a graphical PS4 powerhouse. Picking this up on PS4 hopefully though.
cyguration  +   775d ago
I agree. I played the PC version and it didn't look much different than the PS3 version other than slightly cleaner textures and of course, higher resolution.
thehitman  +   775d ago
I think they all look very close in graphics. However, I think the story thats untold from screenshots is the scale that will be seen at once and the frame rate at that scale. The PS4 will probably have 5x as much on the screen at the same time without hitting too much lag then the PS3 making ti closer to the PC counterpart (if you have a good PC). This is definetly a must buy if you love MMOs and have a crappy PC which 95% of MMO players probably have shitty PCs.
Noctis  +   775d ago
these comparison may not be noticeable in a small screen but in front of a TV it makes a huge difference. the PS3 version isn't bad looking at all, in fact, it looks amazing except it's in 720p and jaggies are very noticeable. So, naturally the PS4 version will be in 1080p, have better anti aliasing, and better textures and shadows. not that big of an improvement if it's already that good
il-JumperMT  +   775d ago
No shit sherlock. I have both PC and PS3 Version. PS3 Version looks horrible and fully of jaggies. PS4 Version is just Max settings on PC at 1080p.
beatled  +   775d ago
the pc version looks far better, there was already a comparison of those two

the ps3 version is closer to the ps4 version than the ps4 version is to the pc version, that much is certain

but at least the ps4 version looks a bit better and has a better resolution

ps4 version still looks very washed out and fuzzy
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TIER1xWOLFPACKx  +   775d ago
Those ps4 screenshots from the article you have have linked were taken from a stream and not direct capture like the pc screenshots were
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worldwidegaming  +   775d ago
That is a console trick to hide things they do not want you to see. It has worked since the first days of PS3 and it will continue to work.
Corpser  +   775d ago
Of course there's a big difference, ps4 version is closer to the pc version
DigitalRaptor  +   775d ago
The fact that we have disagrees here says it all.

And also the fact that the PS4 screens aren't direct-feed but still look quite close to the PC version is quite telling.
ape007  +   775d ago
"Huge Difference Shows Generational Leap"

looks at mgs 1 vs mgs 2

gta 3 vs gta 4

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nerdman67  +   775d ago
I'd play if it were free.
But, I cannot do those monthly fees :(
Ngai  +   775d ago
you're missing out!
kryteris  +   775d ago
besides resolution, I dont see a huge difference unlike on PC.
vikingland1  +   775d ago
If the PS4 version doesn't support voice chat then I it's no better than the PS3 version. The PC does.
Abriael  +   775d ago
Umh no. The PC version doesn't have voice chat. You have to use an external program for that.
vikingland1  +   775d ago
My bad , when I was looking to buy this game I just looked at the game cases and the PC version showed a mic & headset on the case . So that probably means the PS4 might not.
DoctorJones  +   775d ago
EDIT:Wrong article lol :P

Happy Xmas everyone btw.
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Jubez187  +   775d ago
PS4 has voice chat built in, so there ya go.
vikingland1  +   775d ago
You just made my day deffinately getting it now. Thanks.
Ol_G  +   775d ago
But isn't that a moot point as you need voice chat in the game itself and not the voicechat that's in the system
cause ps4 voicechat is only for your friends and stuff if the game doesn't support voicechat your stuck to your friendlist and in this game you need to chat with your partymembers in game or am i missing something now
also this is a crossplatform game so how would you chat with friends that have the pc version if voicechat is not supported by the game
Jubez187  +   775d ago
Textures are definitely smoother. The PS4 upgrade is more about performance issues rather than visuals.

EDIT: also note that PS4 screenshot is taken from a screen cap, of a stream. So it's not even remotely close to resembling what is looks like IRL.
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Jubez187  +   775d ago
Damn I can't believe I got downvoted for saying that a screenshot of a stream is different than what it looks like IRL. I mean I guess no one has ever heard of compression.
Klad  +   775d ago
"Huge Difference Shows Generational Leap" Yeah right! i don't see it...
InTheZoneAC  +   775d ago
game looks nearly identical.

it looks like they didn't even try to enhance the graphics for the ps4/pc version, just used the ps3 version then fine tuned it for the stronger systems.

if they really took their time the games wouldn't even look the same, circular objects in the ps4/pc version still show octagons?

bad game to show differences...
MadMen  +   775d ago

The fact that I have to look at the pics over and over to see a difference is WEAK.

Show me something legit on different levels, so far nothing is making next gen look way better, however it will come.
listenkids  +   775d ago
Again with comparing actual screen grabs vs a streamed video. Stop.
Noctis  +   775d ago
listen to the man
Old McGroin  +   775d ago
Great game on PS3, hit a bit of a wall a month or so ago so haven't really played it much since but will definitely trade up when I pick up the PS4.

On topic, don't see much difference in the detail if I'm honest but I don't think Sony are going to hang their graphical reputation on an MMORPG like this. I know some people are saying you have to click on the image and have a close look (which I have done) but I don't sit with the screen 13 millimetres away from my face when I'm playing so those kinds of graphical difference (i.e. tiny) will be lost on me.
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elweon  +   775d ago
looks like shit on both consoles
Gabenbrah  +   775d ago
Looks exactly the same to me...
Dan_scruggs  +   775d ago
Looks to me like the PC is miles above the PS4.
Kamikaze135  +   775d ago
Keep in mind that those PS4 screenshots are screencaps of a Youtube video.
KakashiHotake  +   775d ago
Honestly so far the only games that I've seen that shows a real graphical leap in technology is Infamous, Drive Club, and The Order. What do those all have in common? They are not multi-platforms being developed to function on the previous generation to make more sales, they are exclusive only to PS4, and they are all made by Sony. So they don't have to deal with other consoles limitations such as PS3, 360 and even Xbox One. Regardless of graphics this Final Fantasy is one of the games I'm really looking forward to. 2014 is going to be an amazing year no matter what console your gaming on, unless of course your only gaming on Wii U then have fun with your Marios.
codename13  +   775d ago
There is difference but not huge actually. I see just the water is better in next gen.
PickAShoe  +   775d ago
I own both the pc and ps3. You'll know the difference once you play.
Jagsrock  +   775d ago
really "huge" difference? Really?? I thing "marginal" difference is more accurate.
YoungPlex  +   775d ago
Dat native resolution!
zRude  +   775d ago
Lets just say PS3 version looks like shit, but PS4 looks as much as crap as PS3 anyways. Nothing new or amazing for us PC gamers.

Tho who am i kidding ? PC is always next gen...
and consoles are the simple minded retarded little cousins of PC who wobbles far behind.

But still that wobbling simple little retard can be entertaining company to be with.
frankiebeans  +   775d ago
they don't look much different from each other in my eyes.
Commodore  +   775d ago
End FF already…the devs clearly don't give a **** with these games. They just pump em out now quickly.
MaximusTKG  +   774d ago
Have you not played this game? It is very well designed and very balanced for being such a young MMO. Not to mention the fact that your comment is off topic and trolling given the fact that this article is about the graphical difference of the PS3 and PS4.
Commodore  +   774d ago
I own a PS3 and PS4….How many FF's have been made? Gotta be upwards in the 30's. It's milked.
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