PSA: Final Fantasy XIV ends service on the PlayStation 3 on June 16

    
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Friday is the start of early access for those who have pre-ordered Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, so it’s going to be a pretty happy day for a lot of players. It also marks the end of support for the game’s PlayStation 3 client, so you’ll need to be playing on either the PlayStation 4 or on PC in order to continue enjoying the game.

Fortunately for everyone who prefers having it on consoles, you get an automatic free upgrade to the PS4 version, so all you’ll need to do is actually have a PS4 if you want to keep going. Since this was announced months ago, odds are high that everyone making the switch has already done so, but consider this your last-chance reminder. And if you have a great deal of affection for the last-generation console version of the game, make sure to log in today, since tomorrow will have the servers down for maintenance all day.

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Jack Pipsam

I was under the assumption that only new content wouldn’t be playable, but you’d still be able to play the stuff up to that point?

Well that sucks. Well there’s no point for me getting a PS4 and the only version of this I played as on my PS3. So look luck to them, they can call me when they bring it to Xbox One.

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Frank White

Yeah, and what happens in 3 or 4 years when the PS5 is out? How long till support for the game on PS4 gets axed? Maybe not, because I know the PS4 is better equipped to play the game, but I wouldn’t put it past them just because they don’t want to continue supporting both consoles and want to coerce people to get the latest one.

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HNN

That’s the problem with consoles, they have a shelf life and replaced with their successor. You can’t expect companies to put time and resources in old hardware that less and less people play on.

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Lord Zorvan

Unless Square-Enix is sending PS4s to their PS3 players, their token “upgrade” is just more worthless marketing.

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Louie

We’re talking about almost 11-year-old hardware here.

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Lord Zorvan

I understand that, and I undertsand S-E’s reasoning, as I was one who bitched and moaned about the PS2 holding FFXI back. But as someone else stated, they could have just locked it down with no further expansions so PS3 player who can’t afford a PS4 could still at least play. Hell, FFXI is in indefinite maintenance mode so it’s not like there’s no precedence.

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Jack Pipsam

I am still annoyed they also closed the Xbox 360 servers for FFXI when the 360 could support all the stuff they’re doing on PC.

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HNN

No because of the cross platform nature, everytime there’s an update on the PC they have to update it on the 360 whos architecture and code is different from a x86 machine. As a programmer it’s a pain enough to maintain code for game let alone 2 sets of code for a single game work out issues and bugs for both.

As long as mmos are being updated, they’re not a black box that don’t stay the same and don’t change, there’s always bugs, updates, etc that needs to be done

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QingPin

Moment of silence…….

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Danny Smith

Sucks but it was held together by spit and string at this point. Void Ark bosses would cause your console to hard lock, frontlines would crash constantly and load screens were so long you could DC from being between instances too long. It could barely run it by 3.1. I had a good time on PS3 but its been overdue, can’t hold a modern game back for 12+ year old hardware at this point. It just can’t run the game as is, god knows how badly it would have dealt with the swimming and underwater transition mechanics.

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McGuffn

Another sunset as players have the game they love ripped away from them.

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Joshua Dickerson

Well, how long do you expect a gaming company to support an outdated console that is probably costing them an additional cost operation wise because they have to tailor things to the older consoles architecture?

Not trying to be mean, but seriously. It happened with Tape Players, VCRs, Music CD players etc. Tech phases out and if people don’t keep up, they are liable to be left behind.

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McGuffn

In terms of being able to play? Forever-ish. 5-10 years after the last content update seems like a decent middle ground.

If the new expansion has technical improvements don’t publish the expansion for the older console.

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Meanie

the system is 11 years old. they did what they could and probably more than they needed to, tbh.

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Joshua Dickerson

That’s just too much for a company to justify the return on investment. By the time they try and support the game for that much longer, those users could have saved up the money and bought a PS4.

I understand everyone’s economic situation is different and I wish games didn’t come with such a steep setup price as far as equipment. But at the end of the day supporting outdated tech means more resources tied up in “maintenance” mode where it could be used to enhance the IP going forward.

That is one big reason I stick with PC games.

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Kane Hart

Can you play WoW fine with your 13 year old mine base PC back when it launched. I doubt it and I don’t know why someone would think this would be any different.

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HNN

Because the game is cross platform, you can’t “publish the expansion for the older console.”

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Kane Hart

This makes 0 sense at all. So I assume WoW and 99% of MMO’s for you sunset right? Because if you can’t play with those games with the min specs at release as you can today and had to buy new hardware since then they were Sunset in your current state of thinking. They just need to upgrade their PC just like they need to upgrade their console.

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HNN

That’s the problem with consoles, they have a shelf life and replaced with their successor. You can’t expect companies to put time and resources in old hardware that less and less people play on.

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Kane Hart

This is good news. I assume this makes it so new tech and features are in the game that was not possible before or would been limited due to the PS3.

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miol

Maybe now it will have a graphic update, and they will finally get rid of that omnipresent grayness and get better lighting!

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Kane Hart

Yeah there something about it we had in FF11 too right? How also the tree’s and far distance objects give me headaches the way they scale them down. I hope things like that can be improved more.

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Sray

So, today is effectively the last day since you won’t be able to log in tomorrow.