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FFXIV's PS5 Open Beta Starts Today As Patch 5.5 Drops On PlayStation And PC

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Patch 5.5 of Final Fantasy 14 has released and with it comes the anticipated PlayStation 5 release of the MMORPG. Those who upgrade will be treated to faster loading times, higher framerates and more.

Death Unto Dawnthe title for FFXIV's  Patch 5.5 has released on PC and PlayStation, bringing new Main Scenario Quests, quality of life improvements, dungeons and more. Final Fantasy 14's latest update also adds to the Nier-inspired cross-over story as well as see players go head to head with Diamond Weapon.

However, PlayStation players have a new way to play FFXIV with the PS5 Open Beta starting today as well. Players who own the MMORPG on PS4 will be able to upgrade their versions for free to the PlayStation 5. This isn't a version that is just simply working on backwards compatibility as well, rather it's now a bespoke version for the new platform which takes advantage of the more powerful hardware.

Additionally, a new PlayStation blog post talks about what players jumping into the PS5 version can expect, including resolutions and framerates of these new resolutions. The PS5 version of FFXIV will see three resolution settings: 1080p, 1440p and 4K. Those players running HD or WQHD should see 60fps, though 4K will only see framerates around 40fps. The UI has also been updated to take advantage of the higher resolution output as well, making it look crisp and clean versus the original PS4 UI. The biggest improvement might be in loading times as the PS5 has an ultra-fast SSD the game can leverage. 

You can check out the full details on the PlayStation blog. Final Fantasy 14's team is already looking ahead, announcing yesterday the date for the next Letter from the Producer LIVE show, set during their upcoming Digital Fan Festival.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore