Final Fantasy 16 is finally releasing, but should players choose Graphics (Quality) or Frame Rate (Performance) mode to get the best FF16 experience?

Ever since making the leap from PS4 to PS5, gamers have started having to make a difficult choice when it comes to current-gen titles.

Do you sacrifice some resolution to boost your frame rate beyond 30 FPS? Or do you enjoy glorious 4K resolution while the refresh rate still resembles a last-gen title?

But never fear, as we’ve got all the details to help you make the choice between Quality and Performance mode in FF16 right here.

FF16 Petting the Dog

FF16 Graphics vs Frame Rate Mode Comparison

In Graphics Mode, Final Fantasy 16 will run at a native resolution of 1440p which is scaled up to 4K. However, as a trade-off, the game will be locked to a stable 30 FPS.

It’s worth noting that cutscenes will appear at 30 FPS regardless of your mode choice.

In Framerate Mode, FF16 runs at a native resolution of 1080p, scaled up to 1440p. Thanks to the lower resolution, Final Fantasy 16 is able to target a frame rate of 60 FPS.

We’ve also noticed that Framerate Mode seems to reduce Motion Blur, but this feature is now able to be turned off completely in the Graphics Settings, regardless.

FF16 Clive

However, judging from our time with FF16, it seems that the game struggles to maintain a solid 60, sometimes dipping as low as 40 FPS.

Of course, we could find that Final Fantasy 16 gets some major improvements shortly after launch, and that the game eventually performs much better in Frame Rate Mode than it does now.

Already, Square Enix’s Naoki Yoshida (AKA Yoshi-P) has confirmed that frame rate patches are on the way, though there’s no timeline as to when they’ll be available.

Should I Choose Graphics or Frame Rate in Final Fantasy 16?

Generally, FF16 players might want to pick Graphics mode in FF16, which appears to be far more stable than Frame Rate and boasts major graphical improvements.

If you’re a gamer who can’t deal with inconsistent frame rates then it may be worth adjusting to the 30 FPS on offer.

However, if you’ve grown to need the sharper response time and up to 60 FPS offered by current-gen consoles, Performance (Frame Rate) mode is still perfectly playable.

The good news is that you can switch between Quality and Performance Mode at will.

The Frame Rate visual mode in FF16

How to Switch Quality or Performance Mode in FF16

  • Press Start to bring up the main menu.
  • Tab across to System.
  • Press R1 to move to Graphics Settings.
  • In Game Performance, press left or right on the D-Pad to switch between Graphical Quality and Frame Rate.