Final Fantasy XIV is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Because online games with more players use more internet data, you may need to keep an eye on your data use if you have a metered connection like a mobile hotspot or fixed wireless internet.
Let’s take a closer look at how much data it takes to download, update, and play Final Fantasy XIV on Microsoft Windows. Fixed wireless internet with a high data cap is the easiest way to stay below your monthly data cap while you’re playing massively multiplayer games.
Download size is the amount of online data it takes to add a game to your computer or console. The file size is the space the game takes up on your hard drive once it’s been “unzipped.” A game’s download size is almost always at least 50% less than file size. Developers typically compress game files with archive formats like “.zip” or “.rar” so they download faster.
|Platform||Download size||File size|
|Microsoft Windows||>6 GB||<15 GB|
Keep in mind that the size of the game will increase over time as Square Enix releases updates.
Major FFXIV updates are usually 2 to 3 GB, while smaller patches are around 300 MB. For information about recent patches, see the Final Fantasy XIV patch notes. If you’re worried an update could push you over your monthly data limit, turn off auto-updates in your game settings. Only download updates when you’re sure you have enough data.
FFXIV uses less than 20 MB of data per hour. Data use varies based on the number of players in the game at a certain time, whether or not you use a voice chat app while you play, the tick rate of the game server, and your client update rate.
With a generous fixed wireless internet plan, you can play as much Final Fantasy XIV as you’d like – even if you’re located in a rural area without access to cable internet. To find out more about wireless internet options for rural gamers, start a chat or give us a call at 866-439-6630.