If they implement that...because unless I've been missing something since late beta, there is no in-game voice chat at the moment. You have to get a laptop and run TS3 or Mumble like the other consolers.
From what I've read, PS3 players have a hard time with certain content because of graphical performance and this is the main benefit of the PS4 version. Also, as stated above, PS4 players will be able to party chat with other PS4 players (Party chat, not in-game chat). If you play with a mix of PC and PS4 (or PS3) players then you will need to do what Telidas said, and use a computer to run teamspeak, mumble, vent, etc.
However, there is a PS4 beta launching Feb. 22 that is open to all PS4 owners that will be on a server with only PS4 players until the end of that beta. So, I would try to make as many PS4 friends as possible during that time if you can't or won't use a PC for chat or to play the game. Also, think of it as a free 1 month trial.
There isn't a free 1 month trial for this game. If you actually purchase the game then the first 30 days of your subscription is free. There is not, however, a way to get 30 days free without actually purchasing the game.
Why are people down voting Koninbeor? he speaks the truth, in a way. Your beta character will not transfer down the road. The Beta is really generous though, imo, as you get a good week to run through the world with a lvl 20 cap.
As to the topic, there is party chat, and one notable difference from the ps3 is how good the online players look. They were low pixel'd on the ps3. So a lot of beautiful characters running around. Also, the number of online characters is high. On the ps3 they will show only about 4 or 5 and the rest will not be visible. The lands are teeming with online people that I can see for leagues. So beautiful. You can capture your game with record and I do this a lot for my own enjoyment. Plus I take lots of screen captures and share with my friends. Highly recommend you get this on the ps4.
After playing on the PS3 and the PS4 beta it runs TONS better on the PS4. The online functionality is tons better and the lag you would see in heavily populated areas or dungeons wasn't on the PS4 version. I also read somewhere that Square will slowly be phasing out the PS3 version as it wont be able to handle the updates they want to make, and the PS4 will actually be the better system to play on, even over the PC.
Unless I miss read the article wrong, I think in beta version 2 your character is transferable to the actual game. I do know that is version 2 beta you can use your already created character from the game PS3 or PC and continue the progress which is what I am waiting for. BUt the game looks visually better as it being the biggest thing.
You will have the option of trading your ps3 version for the ps4 with NO changing back. You will not be able to use your ps3 version any longer once you upgrade up to ps4. So if you would still like to play on your ps3 don't upgrade your copy and buy the ps4 version to play there.
Yes you're right. On the official FFXIV website here http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/pr/ps4/beta/, it says near the bottom "Character data created during phase 2 of the beta test is scheduled to be transferred at the start of official service." I never previously owned FFXIV for PC or PS3. Beta 2 is my 1st time playing FFXIV and I'm really liking it so far. Looking forward to playing this more when it comes out.
I played the Phase 2 beta all weekend, and I can now say there's a huge difference between the PS3 and PS4 versions...but only in graphical fidelity and overall game performance. The gameplay, quests, etc are identical.
However, the game now runs in full 1080p so the world looks glorious. Everything looks clean, sharp and detailed. Character models still look like a PS3 game though, but it's the detail in the environments that'll wow you. But the biggest difference is the frame rate. Whereas the PS3 version generally ran under 30 frames per second, the PS4 version seems to run at about 40 or 50 most of the time. In dungeons and enclosed areas, you get full 60 fps without the slightest hiccup. This smoothness breathes new life into the game.
If you played the first PS4 beta, these differences weren't very pronounced. With the second one, it was a huge upgrade. Also, the first beta had an issue where the HUD was absurdly small, making it really hard to read anything on screen. And if you adjusted it in the options, it would just zoom everything up which made the HUD look blurry and pixely. In Phase 2, they fixed this so everything looks great.
Ok, one question. I realize the ps3 is incapable of rendering such high quality textures. But is the ps4 powerful enough to scale the game to its highest graphical settings. Because i have seen this game on the pc and omg it is just beautiful. I would love to play a console version where you can literally see the lightening to such detail, the shadows and the grains on castle walls. So is the ps4 limited at all?