September 5th, 2017

Final Fantasy XIII’s PC release is unbelievably huge

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This isn’t exactly going to go at Lightning-speed.

We’ve been doing a lot of PC impressions of ports recently, but the Final Fantasy XIII one might take a little time.

Final Fantasy XIII is getting a PC release today, you see, and I was planning on following up some thoughts on Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (which I’m writing up now) with some thoughts on whether Final Fantasy XIII has a decent port, or if it’s basically just the console version clumsily ported to another system. First, though, I have to download it.

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All 59.3 GB of it.

Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Final Fantasy XIII‘s download isn’t actually 59.3 GB, as that’s the amount of hard drive space required once it’s uncompressed! No, I only have to download…

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Oh. 49.4 GB. Okay, yeah, that’s still going to take awhile.

I’ll put up some thoughts on Final Fantasy XIII‘s PC port whenever it finishes downloading, but at a max speed of around 1.2MB/s, that’s going to take a rather long time. Probably about 11 hours, I’d imagine, if the download rate remains pretty constant. Stay tuned, but don’t hold your breath. Even Guybrush Threepwood can only manage ten minutes.

I’m not sure what this says about the PC port. The Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII was on three DVDs, but I’m pretty sure the PS3 version was a dual-layer Blu-Ray (which works out to around 50GB of storage space). So, uh… I guess that sounds about right, since the PC version includes dual-audio and presumably high-quality cutscenes. We’ll find out in about 11 hours, though.

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