How To Fix Final Fantasy XIV FPS Drop Issue

There are several reasons why your Final Fantasy XIV Online game will have FPS drops. This could be due to hardware limitations, setting issue, internet problems, or outdated drivers. To fix this you will need to perform several troubleshooting steps.

Final Fantasy XIV Online is an MMORPG developed and published by Square Enix and is available for the Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4,MacOS, and PlayStation 5 platforms. The game allows you to create your own personalized character and explore the land of Eorzea. The latest expansion pack, Endwalker, was released last 2021 and concludes the Hydaelyn–Zodiark story arc.

What causes the FPS to drop in FFXIV Online

What causes the FPS to drop in FFXIV Online

One of the issues that you might experience when playing graphics intense online games is when the frame rate suddenly drops. This low FPS can usually have a negative impact on your gameplay and can sometimes cause you to lose out on game opportunities.

There are various factors that can cause this problem such as:

  • Graphics card is not powerful enough to provide a higher frame rate.
  • Playing the game at high settings.
  • Internet connection has a high ping.
  • Outdated graphics card drivers.

Here’s what you need to do to improve FPS drops issue on your computer and have a smoother gameplay.

Solution 1: Make sure your computer meets the game’s requirements

FFXIV Online is a graphically intense game that requires you to have a powerful computer in order for it to run smoothly. If your PC has just the minimum requirements then there’s a possibility that rendering issues might occur on high graphics settings causing some lag.

Minimum system requirements

OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit, Windows 10 64 bit, Windows 11 64 bit

CPU: Intel Core i5 2.4GHz or higher

Memory: 4GB or higher

Available space on hard disk/SSD: 80GB or more

Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX750 or higher AMD Radeon R7 260X or higher

Screen Resolution: 1280×720

Internet: Broadband Connection

Communications port: TCP:80, 443, 54992~54994, 55006~55007, 55021~55040

Sound Card: DirectSound

DirectX: DirectX 11

Recommended system requirements

OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit, Windows 10 64 bit, Windows 11 64 bit

CPU: Intel Core i7 3GHz or higher

Memory: 8GB or higher

Available space on hard disk/SSD: 80GB or more

Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX970 or higher AMD Radeon RX 480 or higher

Screen Resolution: 1920×1080

Internet: Broadband Connection

Communications port: TCP:80, 443, 54992~54994, 55006~55007, 55021~55040

Sound Card: DirectSound

DirectX: DirectX 11

It’s best if your computer has a powerful graphics card as this will allow the game to be played at a much higher frame rate.

Solution 2: Adjust graphical settings of the game

Final Fantasy is a graphically intensive game that’s beautifully made. The overall quality of the game graphics however is going to put a strain on less powerful computers that the frame rates will suffer. In order to increase smoothness of your gameplay you will need to make changes to the game graphics settings.

Time needed: 3 minutes.

Using low details graphics

  1. Click on Configuration.

    This will allow you to access the game configuration settings.Click on Configuration

  2. Click on Graphic Settings icon.

    This will allow you to make changes to the game graphics settings.Click on Graphic Settings icon

  3. On the General section change all High settings to normal.

    Parallax Occlusion, Tessellation, Transparent lighting quality, Glass quality, Map Resolution.General section

  4. On the Shadows section change all settings to hide and enable the use low detail models on shadows feature.

    This prevents any shadows from being displayed.Shadows section

  5. On the Movement Physics section change all settings to off.

    This prevents any movement physics from being rendered.Movement Physics section

  6. Under Effects turn off Water refraction settings, Glare, and Screen space ambient occlusion.

    This will disable the effects of each feature.Effects

  7. Click Apply then close.

    This will save the changes that you made.Apply then close

The graphical settings changes you made affects fps significantly. You should see an increase in the game’s frame rate while playing.

Solution 3: Update your graphics card drivers

There’s a possibility that the player lag problem you are experiencing is caused by outdated graphics card driver. You should check if an updated driver is available then download and install it accordingly.

Update drivers

  • Right click on the Start button.
  • Click on Device Manager.
  • Click the arrow before Display adapters.
  • Right click on the selected graphics card then choose Update driver.
  • Select Search automatically for drivers.

After installing the new driver you should restart your computer then check if the fps drops issue still occurs.

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