Final Fantasy 16 PC players will need an SSD for the RPG

SSD or bust.

Final Fantasy 16 specs continue to elude us as we patiently wait for the PC version. According to producer Naoki ‘Yoshi-P’ Yoshida, however, you’ll almost definitely want to run the game on an SSD.

Promoting the Final Fantasy 16 DLC, developers Hiroshi Takai, Takeo Kujiraoka, and Naoki Yoshida spoke with Famitsu. Responding to questions about what we might expect Final Fantasy 16 system requirements to look like, Yoshida says “details will be announced in due course.”

Giving us a sneak peek, he recommends that “you to prepare an SSD. Even if you do your best to adjust the GPU on this side, it is really tough with HDDs in FF16, which is also a game of loading speed.” The team is doing its “best to optimise” the port but calls mechanical hard drives a “hardware wall” that developers can’t do anything about. As a result, Yoshida advises that you “think of SSDs as a must.”

Generally, it’s good advice as we move into 2024. Now that current generation consoles have moved on from HDDs, most games are developed with SSDs in mind. Baldur’s Gate 3, Alan Wake 2, and even the Dead Space remake all list an SSD as a requirement. Your legacy hardware will get away with playing a few newbies, like Lies of P. Otherwise, SSDs have moved beyond a luxury into a necessity.

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For what it’s worth, SSD requirements don’t discriminate between 2.5in SATA and M.2 NVMe, despite the speed difference. Nowadays, SSDs are so affordable that it’s not too big of an ask to chuck another one in your PC. Just be mindful of your available bandwidth, as even the best CPUs have limitations on certain motherboards.