Final Fantasy XIV discontinues 90-day subscription option for PS3 players on March 18

If you’re playing Final Fantasy XIV on a PlayStation 3, your days are numbered. Support for the platform is being discontinued with the launch of Stormblood, something that the official site is reminding remaining console players about on a regular basis. This is why the option to pay for a 90-day subscription for PS3 users is being removed on the weekend of March 18th; you won’t have more than 90 days to play, so it’s unfair to have you pay for that full subscription.

Of course, if you are on PS3 and want to keep playing, the game is still running on PC and PS4, and you can take advantage of the game’s upgrade option to move your account to the PS4 at no additional cost. (If you don’t already own a PS4, it’s still a bit pricey.) It’s just the end of support for the old hardware already struggling on occasion, but it’s being done with an eye toward transparency for players on every platform.

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Daniel Miller

LOL, a flashback to ffxi when ps2 and xbone died. PC ftw. Maybe ffxiv will crash and more players come back to ffxi.

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Danny Smith

I understand people who can’t afford a PS4 or run it on a PC being upset, but thats such a small number i genuinely dont understand some of the minor but very vocal outrage SE is getting over this.

The goddamn machine could barely run Void Ark without crashing. I cannot imagine how it dealt with Ozma, Cruise Chaser or Alexander Prime.

I love my PS3, but its hardware is what 12 years out of date at best now? you can’t expect a current modern mmo to keep holding itself back for hardware designed for a time where the burning crusade was cutting edge.

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Greaterdivinity

PS3 players right now –

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Jack Pipsam

I was under the impression the PS3 version was going to remain online, but wouldn’t get new content playable.
Or is it totally going offline for the PS3 version?

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Danny Smith

The day Stormblood launches in 90 ish days and 4.0 goes live on servers PS3 launchers will no longer have access to live servers and the discs will be worthless and the data so much wasted hard drive space. Its got 3 months then its dead.

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miskav

Completely offline. The PS3 won’t even have enough power to render the game, come the expansion.

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rafael12104

WTF? Guess it’s just another sign that I’m getting old. I’m that guy now. The guy that can’t accept that old hardware just doesn’t cut it.

Look, a PS3 is pretty damn solid hardware. In fact, hardware that was never really realized because Sony got their ass kicked by Xbox 360. Ironically, now it is flipped.

So, I guess my question is, is it really difficult to maintain some level of support for the PS3? I’m not a fanboy, but I do see this happening more and more and I believe it is just another way for Square Enix to shill more sales for Sony.

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Connor

It’s more a sign of not knowing how to program a game. Final Fantasy XIV barely runs on the PS3 as it is, let alone allowing Square to build upon the game and add in even more stuff, the hardware is nowhere near as solid as you think.

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Danny Smith

Yes it really is. The first raids of the current expansion which were basically linear with little more than ‘heres a boss in the middle of the room, spank it and get loot’ were not just crashing the PS3 client but hard locking PS3’s that couldn’t deal with 24 players at once. It simply could not take it.

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miskav

The PS3 had been holding the game back for years.

The hardware in that console was wholly insufficient, and has led to constraints in music, graphics, gameplay, ui and a myriad of other things.

I get that you want the old hardware to be supported forever, but the game simply won’t open once stormblood launches, as the RAM required to even load the housing area/main areas will exceed what the console has.

It has 256mb RAM, that’s just not enough, no matter how desperately you want it to be.

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Jeremy Barnes

PS3 and Xbox 360 sold just about the same amount of systems…Xbox 360 sold 84 million vs 83.8 million PS3 units.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that FFXIV is not a driver of PS4 systems either.

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Jack Pipsam

PS3 and 360 sold the same in the end, but for half of it the 360 had a very strong lead.
Partly due to Halo, being cheaper and having better ports.

The PS3 was able to catch-up later due to blu-ray player, more exclusives (even indirect ones like Japanese games) and free online.

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Sray

There’s also the regional sales aspect of it. The XBox has always had its strongest base in the Western Market, more specifically in the North American market. Microsoft has always had a tougher time getting the sales in Japan, and (to a much lesser degree) in Europe. So the perception of the XBox’s strength last generation is a matter of perception, whereas this generation’s PS4 dominance is apparently a matter of fact (various reports in January had PS4 sales to date at 2x that of Xbone).

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Sray

Ending support, but still charging right up to the end. Nice way of saying “thank you” to all those folks that came back after they launched one of the worst MMORPGs in history now that they’re cutting so many of them loose. How magnanimous of them.

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miskav

You’re surprised that they’re charging PS3 users a sub fee for playing the game?

The same sub fee they’re charging literally every other player?

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Jeremy Barnes

what? The subscription allows you to play on any system. You think they should give anyone who ever bought the game on PS3 like 3+ free months because they’re ending PS3 support?

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Sray

You have to purchase the separately on game on every platform though; whereas a company like Blizzard makes WoW a single purchase in all supported platforms

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Denice J. Cook

I’m sure the 6 peeps playing WoW on Macs are thrilled, but basically, WoW is a PC-only game otherwise.

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Crow

I’m a bit amazed that PS3 support is ending considering how long FFXI was supported on the now-ancient PS2. Guess they learned a lesson.

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Denice J. Cook

Either that, or FFXI was so far gone engine-wise they’d have had to remake it from scratch to update it significantly for newer platforms.

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