A DIY Version of Final Fantasy 14 in VR

By Cecilia D'Anastasio on at

By Cecilia D'Anastasio

An official VR version of Final Fantasy 14 is already in development for the PlayStation VR. But if you can’t wait for that to come out, there are actually some pretty cool unofficial ones you can try.

This week in the FFXIV subreddit, a fan named Donald Annis posted a 3D video in which he flew his mount around the Lavender Beds zone. He made the video using BigScreen, a program that maps games onto a desktop screen in VR, and TriDef 3D, a software that converts games into stereoscopic 3D. Projecting the view onto two screens, each for one eye, Annis approximated a VR experience of the game.

Annis’s more true-to-form FFXIV VR video, posted yesterday, is viewable on Google Cardboard and the HTC Vive. His tour of the Dravanian Hinterlands, again flying, showcases the game’s flair for zone design. Around the 1:20 mark, Annis switches to first-person perspective and peers down a set of stairs, which made me really dizzy when I viewed it on Cardboard. I guess that’s how I know it works?

At the Tokyo Game Show 2015, a VR Demo of FF14 proved to be a hit among attendees. Participants railed on Titan, the enormous rock Primal, whose size appeared tenfold more imposing in VR. In the impending months, updates on the progress of the game’s PlayStation VR module have been sparse. I’m still waiting for the real thing, but in the meantime, these DIY videos are a fun diversion.