Final Fantasy XIV’s PS3 To PS4 Account Transfer Is Free, But You Lose The PS3 Version

By Spencer . September 19, 2013 . 4:55am

imageSquare Enix said players who purchase the PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version without any additional costs. Speaking with Famitsu, producer/director Naoki Yoshida elaborated on the transfer, which is actually a transfer of login rights.


Yoshida said to eliminate any upgrade costs, players will lose the rights to play the PlayStation 3 version if they upgrade to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PlayStation 4. Once you do the transfer to PS4 you will not be able to login to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS3. Yoshida further clarified that even if your PS4 is in your living room with FFXIV and your PS3 is in your bedroom you won’t be able to play FFXIV on your PS3 because the login rights are bound to the PS4 version. If you want to play on multiple devices with the same account you will need to buy another copy similar to how you need the PC version and console version to play on both platforms.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PlayStation 4 will be in full HD, 1920 x 1080p resolution. You will be able to play the game with a keyboard and mouse. You can also use the touch panel on the top of the DualShock 4 as a mouse. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will support remote play and Yoshida was candid about the experience on Vita. He said it would be tough to play since the text in the chat windows would be small and the Vita doesn’t have enough buttons. He’s going to see if he can utilize the rear touch panel as a possible solution.


Yoshida also said he thinks he should be able to show the PlayStation 4 version around the end of the year and it should be indistinguishable from the PC version.

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  • Isaac Newton

    Don’t have any problems in my part.
    Whining at 3, 2, 1.

    • RichyGaming

      But dis iz stupeid, dood

    • Anime10121

      I fukn hate SE.! They suk 4 dooin dis. I wanna have my cake eat it, regurgitate it, give it to som1 else, and continue eating the same cake (essentially what they will be whining about)

      U got some credibility 4 announcing FFXV and KH3, but evry day since u ben fukn it up. I hope u burn to tha ground and my God Sephiroth walks out the flames over yo ashes.

      (Howzabout it, did I win :P)

      • TheExile285

        “I wanna have my cake eat it, regurgitate it, give it to som1 else, and continue eating the same cake”

        ok, i lol’d at this part

      • Scroo joo mang, Square EEE has been gibbing us qwawlitee prawduckts since the beginnning of time and stuff, how DARE you queshchun their awsum might when it comes down to making bizness decishuns leik dis. Buy dat cake 4 times (Pee Cee, PS-Tripple, PS Quadrizzle, and the ONE when dey make it 5 years later) and support your fav-rit company today!

      • Kitestwinblades

        I WAS excited… but this cake is a LIE! A Regurgitated LIE
        You my friend, win everything xD

  • Milla

    as long as i don’t lose items and level its kay

  • Seems a tad silly but I doubt this is a huge problem really.

    • Anime10121

      It’s not really silly, its so people won’t give away their upgrade to ps4 to another person. This way makes sense in that it maximizes the sales potential of the actual game itself.

  • Matt Andre

    I’m.. Not seeing a downside.. Better quality version of the game, why would you still want the PS3 version?

    • Bobby Jennings

      I guess for friends?…dunno.

      • artemisthemp

        PS3, PS4 and PC gamers play on the same servers, so I can play with my PS3 friends from PC and other way

        • Bobby Jennings

          No I mean I’m saying your friend could use your copy instead of buying one for himself, and then just pay for his membership. This is what’d I do if he was at my house or something.

          • artemisthemp

            So you can have 3 using the same account by having a PC, PS3 and PS4 license on the same account and by that split the cost.

          • Bobby Jennings

            nono not on the same account. Cant a different person log in? Like instead of buying a second copy of the game, just use the existing copy for a friend and you use your PS4 copy then your friend just pays his $15 a month instead of spending $75 for the game and the subscription.

          • Ferrick

            no, each cd key is tied to one account and one account only

          • Bobby Jennings

            Oh that sucks.

          • artemisthemp

            So i can be login on my PC and PS3 ad the same time as Article else state?

          • Ferrick

            no you can’t login on both pc and ps3 version at the same time

  • Jordan Coleman

    Not a problem. Don’t want the PS3 version as it is.

  • NorthernPatches

    I’m really not seeing a problem here.

  • Kevin Komic O’Shea

    seems fair

  • This is wonderful! For all those wish wish to complain, make sure you actually read the entire article first. I play it on PC, but can’t wait to try it out on the PS4 as well.

  • zferolie

    This makes sense, and not a bad thing at all. It’s not like you are getting jipped or anything. Think of it more like you upgraded your PC.

    • Strid

      No, because I could still play the game on my older PC if I wanted to or my new one, the choice is mine.

  • fairysun

    Seems fair.
    Kind of like RPG equipment.
    When you upgrade a weapon, the old weapon disappears

    • Lucky Dan

      It doesn’t make sense its an MMORPG not a full game, why in the hell you can’t log into a cilent based game on any computer or console?

      They do it for WOW but not FFXIV they haven’t got a clue, Yoshida has lost the plot

      • stop….please stop posting. It’s making me more confused than I should be.

        • Lucky Dan

          You need Morgan Freeman to explain the acroymns for you !!!

      • Ferrick

        so all that talk was just because you wanted the game for free eh ?

        and besides, you could’ve joined open beta to test out the game, it’s
        not our fault that you missed out on it, and hell you could’ve
        preordered from amazon to get the early access code for FREE

        you had lots of chance to play it for free, but you squandered it. Don’t play the blame game if you yourself are the cause of it

        • Guest

          Ok Fredrick I assume you don’t or haven’t played an MMORPG before or even Everquest. Even Sony allowed a trial before you put down the money for the game like every single game out there.

          You are not essentially playing a game for FREE if you want to join a sub based MMORPG. Pre ordering and putting money down for a trial code is not playing or giving away a trial which they should be if they are confident of making a subscription based MMORPG.

          You need a trial to get new people to join a game don’t you? Who is going to put 35 dollars into a game then start putting a down payment loan for a game if they don’t know what house they are buying.

          Jeez, this game could of been big man but the refusal of even following of the basic mmorpg subscription based practices means this game won’t take off

        • Lucky Dan

          Ferrick this is not how you run an subscription MMORPG they will not advance beyond what is said in the reviews. Probably won’t even reach past 1 million.

          This is due not offering people a trial, like 10 levels to see how the game pans out, then if they like it they can put a payment on the game and subscribe to the model.

          They are using a subscription based model similar to World of Warcraft and Everquest wouldn’t it make sense to get those former or current players is to offer them a piece of the pie before they enter in the FF world MMORPG? I’m not going to put a downpayment on a house and then pay landtax if I don’t know what’s in it you see.

          • Ferrick

            oh boy, not this “This game going to fail because it don’t give us free trial!” type of comment.

            If you didn’t know, World of warcraft does NOT even have a free trial back then, you had to buy the game first to get the free 30 days, which is the same method for FFXI, it worked and people are still subscribing it, and then this method is used for FFXIVARR

            also jfyi, you DON’T have to put down money on Amazon to get the early access key. So again, it’s your own fault for missing out on trying it for free, and hell, they even extended the number of days you could play for free with that Early access key. So it’s not their fault, it’s YOUR fault for missing out on it, again, don’t play the blame game if you ARE the cause of it

          • Lucky Dan

            That was then and it is now. Wow was released 10 years ago in its infancy with only everquest to content with now everyone is trying to jump the WOW bandwagon cause its successfully got 12 million players. I don’t know why your attacking me when I want this MMORPG to succeed, your understanding of the current situation is quite misinformed.

            You only had WOW 10 years ago, so you can understand why they didn’t offer a free trial and its was extremely hard to reinvent the MMORPG standard to the day it is now.

            Now since everyone is copying the same format you have a multitude of MMORPG.

            Like Wildstar, The Elder Scrolls Online, Guild Wars 2, Star Wars the old republic, Lineage II, Ragnarok Online 2 and these are coming out in almost the same time or already released with Free2Pay Models.

            Just watch it may be successful now but remember what happened to Star Wars: The old republic cause the content didn’t come out fast enough it started to fail and went to F2P and they used the same model as FF:ARR.

          • Rhayve

            The servers are already overcrowded as-is (they even temporarily stopped digital sales of the game). At this moment, there are simply too many players for the servers to sustain them.

            It’ll take quite a while before they have to resort to handing out free trials to get new players.

        • Nana

          What kind of anti-logic is that? Any sane publisher would sell the account, and not make you remove it on one device. If I get warcraft, I can install it on any of my PCs without issue. Why would the company even care?

          Just shows how backwards SE is. Well, the game will fail, thankfully, so it’s not a loss overall. It’s natural selection, in a way: The dumb get weeded out.

  • artemisthemp

    I can’t see the issue as it’s easier to share gameplay and screen shot from PS4 and should I decided to buy PS4 version… well 30 days free game time.

  • James Williams

    Ah man i was hoping that wasn’t the case, i wanted me and my gf to be able to team up on each console.

    • Anime10121

      And this ladies and gentlemen, is the reason why this is happening. I’m not downing you bro, but I’m sure they dont want your girl friend to get a free copy of the game…

    • Razzlero

      Even if they did let you keep your ps3 copy I’m sure it would be bound to your account and you and your GF would still need to buy separate copies to actually be able to play together anyway.

      • James Williams

        It was me reading it wrong guys, my gf is playing on my ps3 account so now thats bound to her, i was hoping we could swap over accounts when we moved up to PS4 but it doesn’t look like the case.

  • Kalis Konig

    Not a problem. I figured this would be the case. but I don’t understand why you couldn’t just use either client if they are linked through a simple log in. Well I will definitely upgrade if I am still playing this game when I get a PS4.

    • The trade isn’t necessarily the switch from PS3 to PS4, but, um…

      Think of it as going to a store and exchanging your retail copy of one game for another. In this case, the Registration Code in your contract is to let you play the PS3 version. What this upgrade will do is overwrite the PS3 Registration Code for the PS4 Version’s.

  • Pockystix

    I never see the positive in losing something

    I get why they are doing it, but it’s still kind of odd that they would just make you leave the PS3 version all together. Do they just want it to fall after PS4?

    • Anime10121

      What do you mean fall? They all are on the same server, you’ll still be playing with the same people you were before.

    • Landesca

      You’re not losing anything, you’re upgrading to a superior version for free. Would you rather they just make you pay for an entire new copy of the game when the PS4 comes out? If you got to keep the PS3 version you’d be getting a full new game for free. And that makes sense? Oh right, people who create things aren’t supposed to make money off of their creations. Right. Moron.

    • Landesca

      You’re not losing anything, you’re upgrading to a superior version for free. Would you rather they just make you pay for an entire new copy of the game when the PS4 comes out? If you got to keep the PS3 version you’d be getting a full new game for free. And that makes sense? Oh right, people who create things aren’t supposed to make money off of their creations. Right. Moron.

  • Tanthalas

    This seems to be a way for them to phase out the PS3 version when the time comes.

    EDIT: Forgot to add. While FFXIV definitely looks better on the PC, I’m really enjoying playing it on my PS3 and can’t wait to upgrade to the PS4 version.

  • Teepo 64

    Sounds like a good trade. There’s no need to go back.

  • Alphabet Soup

    Sounds fair to me.

  • Ragnawind

    This basically means PS3 physical disc owners have a disc they will no longer ever need and can’t even get rid of it.

  • Strid

    “…it should be indistinguishable from the PC version.”

    Until they add in DX11, HD textures, and such as that.

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