Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition now up for preorder, features Xbox integration and cross-play

PC gamers have been waiting a while to get their hands on Final Fantasy XV, but the game's March 6 launch date is now right around the corner. Ahead of the launch, Square Enix has opened up preorders, while announcing various preorder bonuses and the release of a benchmarking tool to make sure your PC is up to the task of running the game.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is officially available to order from three different storefronts: Steam, Origin, and the Microsoft Store. And, as has been common practice with game preorders lately, you can get a different preorder bonus depending on where you choose to buy it. Here's a look at what's up for grabs.

  • Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) - "FFXV Powerup Pack," which includes 10 phoenix downs, 10 elixirs, and Dodanuki, a sleek sword that "reduces enemy defense with each slash."
  • Steam - "FFXV Fashion Collection," which includes a collection of t-shirts featuring that faces of Noctis' comrades. Each includes a special buff to your stats.
  • Origin - "FFXV Decal Selection," Which packs a number of different decals for the Regalia.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will include a number of enhancements to take advantage of the extra power available on PC. Support for both 4K and 8K resolutions, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos are part of that, but Square Enix says that a number of graphical boosts are tagging along as well. You can expect more life-like hair and shadows, along with more dynamic vegetation, fluid, fire and smoke. The Windows Edition also includes a new first-person camera mode, along with an expanded map, all current season pass content, and more.

The Microsoft Store version of the game appears to be UWP-based, complete with Xbox integration, cross-play between consoles and PC, and achievements. However, it isn't Xbox Play Anywhere, sadly.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is currently scheduled to launch on March 6 and preorders are available now. If you'd like to see how your PC will handle the game, you can download the benchmarking tool for your region from Square Enix now.

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  • Own the deluxe edition on PS4 and never played more than 30 min but now I want to get into it. Ill be buying on the Windows Store!
  • Oka, this is really weird. For the first time, and now that the Steam store sells games in my local currency, the price for the game is exactly the same in Steam and the Windows Store. To a cent. I now have to decide which one I will get.
  • you get more free stuff with the Microsoft Store buy :)
  • I like the MS Store gifts better, yeah. Also the prospect of playing it without Steam is exhilarating. Maybe it performs better too? I'd love to see a benchmark comparison.
  • Is the Windows version a play anywhere title? Either way, this will be interesting to see how it plays out. Hopefully we see more developers and publishers give similar options.
  • According with this article, the UWP game will support crossplay with Xbox-One. But it won't be a Xbox Play Anywhere title.
    From my perspective, looks like that the UWP version has more advantages than the Steam one.
  • Thanks, either I missed it when I read the article or Dan did a ninja edit after my comment lol.
  • Interesting :)
  • I agree. Good to see developers starting to use the Microsoft store as well as crosplatform to. With the xbox x now being out I would expect to start seeing more developer's doing this as it's the best way to port games to xbox / windows 10