Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's open beta could start any week now, but impatient fans will be pleased to know a benchmark has just been released in order for players to prepare. Not just any benchmark, either, as it includes the game's character creation system so you can customize your benchmark with your very own hero. Still skeptical? Well then, I put together some a quick video to share the benchmarking process and my general impressions.
Not to say everyone should run out and download the software. It comes in at a solid 2.6GB and it's recommended that you're running either Windows Vista, Win 7 or 8. That said, if you're considering purchasing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, you should definitely download this and see how your system runs the game. It's not extremely intensive, but it's better than being surprised on launch day.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is scheduled for launch on August 27 for both PC and PlayStation 3, then on PlayStation 4 in 2014. If you're interested in further details, make sure to check out my beta impressions of the game. Speaking of beta, open beta has been planned for "early August" which could be as soon as next week, so try out the benchmark and then join me in open beta -- I recommend it!