Final Fantasy VII Remake has been one of the most important games of 2020. A lot of fans had the privilege of playing it on the PS4 and absolutely loved it. Fans loved the high level that Square Enix maintained with this adaptation. It was so well loved by fans and critics that it finished among the top of most “best games of 2020” lists. It was a close choice between that and Cyberpunk 2077 for many but the endless glitches of Cyberpunk definitely made many people choose Final Fantasy VII Remake. Rumours are abuzz that FF7 remake will be out on PC soon. Let’s find out more about it.
FF7 Remake PC: What We Know So Far?
How was Final Fantasy VII Remake?
Both by plot and by design, setting and character modeling, Final Fantasy VII Remake seemed like a real marvel. Unfortunately, on a technical level, the PS4 version had some critical shortcomings, although perfectly understandable for a console that is now seven years old.
Drops in resolution, artifacts in some elements (hair, especially) due to the application of reconstruction techniques and temporary smoothening, which hide the reduction in resolution in situations with high graphic load, popping problems and low-quality textures that sometimes take up to 20 seconds to load, are some of those shortcomings, but the game is, in itself, so good, that it is not difficult to forgive all those defects.
What are the expected hardware requirements for Final Fantasy VII Remake: PC version?
When the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake for PS4 and PS4 Pro was announced, it was also confirmed that there would be a version for PC and that it would arrive a year later, that is, in April 2021. That version will share the limelight with that of PS5, which will be optimized to take advantage of the potential of Sony’s new console.
We still don’t know what specific improvements it will bring, but we have a pretty good idea of the possible requirements that the PC version of the game will have. They are not confirmed, but they have a lot of credibility. It is important to note that this is an adaptation of the PS4 title, and not a totally new development, which means that the basis of Final Fantasy VII Remake for PC and PS5 will not change, Square Enix will just introduce specific graphical enhancements, such as higher resolution, higher quality textures, and perhaps even ray tracing.
- 64-bit Windows 7 with SP1.
- Intel Core i5 2500 or AMD FX 6350 processor.
- 8 GB of RAM.
- GeForce GTX 960 graphics card with 4 GB or Radeon R9 280 with 4 GB.
- 60 GB of free space.
With this setting, it should be possible to run it in 1080p at a low-medium quality level and play with acceptable fluency and less lag.
- Windows 10 64-bit.
- Intel Core i7 6700K or Ryzen 5 1500X processor.
- 16 GB of RAM.
- GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8 GB or Radeon Vega 56 with 8 GB.
- 60 GB of free space.
In order to enjoy FF7 Remake to the fullest, you should definitely try to have these on your PC. If your hardware can match this, you can run the game smoothly in 1080p with maximum quality, maintaining a good level of fluency with no lag.
Will Final Fantasy VII Remake feature ray tracing and DLSS 2.0?
What is ray tracing?
Ray tracing has been used for non real time rendering long before it started being used regularly in games. Ray tracing provides extremely realistic lighting. It achieves this by simulating the physical behaviour of light. Ray tracing calculates the color of pixels by tracing the path that light would take if it were to travel from the eye of the viewer through the virtual 3D scene. A lot of the latest games are being released with ray tracing. The recently launched Forza Horizon 5’s trailer and presentation talked about the game utilizing ray tracing to present the most realistic graphics in any game in the Forza series, and perhaps in any racing game of all time.
What about FF7 Remake?
More and more sources dare to take it for granted that the PC version of Final Fantasy VII Remake will have ray tracing, a very demanding technology that, as we know, improves the quality of shadows, ambient occlusion, lighting, reflections and transparencies.
Although nothing is confirmed yet, the truth is that it makes a lot of sense, especially since this technology could be transferred to the PS5 version, a console that has a new generation Radeon GPU, equipped with hardware dedicated to the acceleration of plotting.
Those same sources have also dropped that Final Fantasy VII Remake would have DLSS 2.0 technology support on PC. This also makes a lot of sense, as it would help counteract the impact of ray tracing on performance. Final Fantasy XV made use of first-generation DLSS technology so it makes sense to expect FF7 to be equipped with DLSS 2.0.
Will FF7 Remake be launched on Xbox One?
While there is no explicit announcement on that but the fact that the FF7 Remake is being launched on PC, combined with the fact that Square Enix hasn’t exclusively signed with PlayStation, signifies that an Xbox One release is also imminent.