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Should You Play Final Fantasy XIV on a PS5, Xbox, or PC?

Deciding on the best platform for playing Final Fantasy XIV can be challenging, should you dive into the immersive world of Eorzea on a PS5, Xbox, or PC? We’ll hopefully help you make a decision with this breakdown.

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The PC version of Final Fantasy XIV has a technical advantage, primarily due to the keyboard and mouse controls. The precision and flexibility offered by a keyboard and mouse makes it easier to manage hotbars and various in-game menus. Navigating the user interface, such as handling inventory or chat, is more intuitive with a keyboard.

On the other hand, the PS5 and Xbox versions of Final Fantasy XIV are impressively optimized for controller use. The devs put considerable effort into ensuring that the game runs smoothly and controls well on these platforms. While a controller may lack the extensive hotkey options of a keyboard, the UI is adapted to be user-friendly, with radial menus and customizable button assignments.

I will add, however, that PS5 and Xbox versions of Final Fantasy XIV do support keyboard and mouse controls.

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Which Final Fantasy XIV platform: Xbox, PS5 or PC

Ultimately, the choice between PS5, Xbox, and PC comes down to personal preference and availability. They are essentially all the same in most regards, so just play on the platform you have.

If you value the ease of plug-and-play or prefers gaming from the couch, then console might be ideal for you. However, if you prioritize precision and extensive customization, a PC setup is likely more suitable.

It’s also important to note that while you can transfer your character across platforms, each platform requires an individual license for the game and its expansions. This means that if you already own Final Fantasy XIV and all its DLC on PC, you’ll need to repurchase everything if you want to play on a PS5 or Xbox.

Consider this additional cost when deciding which platform to commit to for your Final Fantasy XIV adventures.

Final Fantasy XIV and its Dawntrail expansion are available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. 

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Cory Dinkel
Cory Dinkel is a freelance writer for Siliconera since 2023. An award-winning digital journalist, he has worked for local and national news outlets for nearly a decade. His favorite genre is the JRPG and he will not be taking questions during his "There is Not a Love Triangle in Final Fantasy VII" speech.