Featuring content from the forthcoming, eponymous expansion that raises the MMORPG's max level to 60 and adds a ton of new content, the Heavensward Benchmark also introduces gamers to a new DirectX 11 renderer and new visual effects, which include HBAO+.
If you're unfamiliar with HBAO+, the DirectX 11-powered technique adds contact shadows where two surfaces or objects meet, and where an object blocks light from reaching another nearby game element. Compared to other ambient occlusion techniques, HBAO+'s shadows are more accurate and more detailed, and have a comparatively low performance impact, making games appear more realistic without a huge hit to your precious framerate. In the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Benchmark, HBAO+ more accurately shades characters, NPCs, objects, terrain, foliage, and grass.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward Official Benchmark Software Overview
|Operating System||Windows Vista/7/8
* DirectX 9.0c or higher required.** This benchmark is not available on Mac OS.
* Minimum resolution 1024x720
|File Size||Approx. 1.6GB|
Extremely High Performance
|Easily capable of running the game on the highest settings.|
Very High Performance
|Easily capable of running the game. Should perform exceptionally well, even at higher resolutions.|
|Easily capable of running the game. Should perform well, even at higher resolutions.|
Fairly High Performance
|Capable of running the game on default settings. Consider switching to a higher resolution depending on performance.|
|Capable of running the game on default settings.|
Slightly Low Performance – Changes to Settings Recommended
|Capable of running the game, but will experience slowdown. Adjusting settings may improve performance.|
Low Performance – Changes to Settings Required
|Capable of running the game, but will experience considerable slowdown. Adjusting settings is unlikely to improve performance.|
|Does not meet specifications for running the game.