Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 11:30 AM
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Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the concluding chapter to the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, will be coming to PC on December 10th. The series has taken its sweet time getting here, but get here it has. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, players once more take control of the titular heroine Lightning, embarking on a massive time-hopping quest to save the world from total destruction. Trust a JPRG to get all histrionic.

I had a play of this on PS3 and it has to be said it's got a mighty fine battle system amidst some stunning, globe-trotting environments. In typical Final Fantasy form it's absolutely massive as well, and where else can you have a fight with an anthropomorphic cactus? Before sharpening your blade however, have a look at the official Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII system requirements to see if your rig's up to the task.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon 5000B Dual Core 3.0GHz
  • RAM: 1.5GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 512MB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 4770 512MB
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c
  • HDD: 22GB Free Hard Drive Space

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770

If you've played either of the two previous FFXIII games then you'll be aware the system requirements for Lightning Returns are essentially identical. If you haven't played either FFXIII or FFXIII-2 first then I highly recommend you do so first, if you want to make any sense of this one's plot.

Anyway, yes, these system requirements are identical in all but a few minor areas. The first of these is installation size. Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is actually a lot smaller install at 22GB, way down from the 60GB needed for FFXIII. This probably means a lot less cut-scenes and a lot more gameplay. 

Secondly, the minimum graphics card needed has taken an ever so slight jump. A GeForce 8600 GT or Radeon HD 4550 won't quite cut it. Now you'll need an 8800GT or HD 4770. This still shouldn't be a problem for most though. The recommended AMD has also taken a slight dip, with the HD 4770 bringing the AMD requirements more in line with Nvidia's GTX 460. 

Other than though there really isn't a lot to worry about here. Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns doesn't look to be a very demanding game at all, which makes sense considering it's made to run on decade-old console hardware.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII GPU benchmark chart.

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15:54 Nov-21-2015

i didn't played the FFX III because of the lag, i played the FF XIII-2 but because it lagging too. i didn't finish it. but if this one has a good performance, i will play it

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14:20 Nov-21-2015

I've only played final fantasy games on like my game boy. If i were to play through the whole main story what order would i have to do and would i be able to emulate it all on pc?

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20:12 Nov-20-2015

FF XV will definitely be on PC, maybe a few months after the consoles of course. All of these SE PC releases are actually making PC the better platform choice.

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20:08 Nov-20-2015

SE is beginning to slowly transition from consoles to PC, because even they can tell that mobile and consoles are dead ends in the future.

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16:47 Nov-20-2015

If the previous two games are anything to go by, this game will not run well.

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14:32 Nov-20-2015

It will be a massive statement on the team's competence if the game turns out to be garbage even after the 10 months time they had to optimize it.

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13:38 Nov-20-2015

I read somewhere that "Rikku was used in the production of Final Fantasy XIII to stand in for characters who hadn't been finished yet." - is it true? :)

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12:19 Nov-20-2015

I had to pass on the first 2 because they both ran like crap. I could barely hold 30fps in 13 and 13-2 was even worse. With steam refunds now in play I dare them to release a broken piece of crap again.

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11:42 Nov-20-2015

yeah ULTRA but still with massive fps drops, I don't think they fixed all those drops with the previous chapters...

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11:41 Nov-20-2015

good news

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11:38 Nov-20-2015

YAY ULTRA for sure if OPT is good

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