I have seen many threads that ask the same question: Can I play FFXI on my PS3? The answer is maybe. This thread is designed to answer the end all be all questions about running FFXI on the PS3. I will break it down into individual steps to keep things simple.
Step 1: Determine what PlayStation 3 model you have.
Believe it or not, not every PS3 can play FFXI. Sony has decided to cut backwards compatibility on one of its models. But how do we determine what model you have? Quite simply, one can differentiate the model by the size of the hard disk in the unit. Below is a list of the models that can play FFXI:
Models that can play FFXI:
Models that can play FFXI with extra equipment:
The 20 gig model can play FFXI, but you are going to need a bigger hard drive. You can pick up a Notebook 2.5inch SATA drive from any computer outlet that's a decent size and run FFXI through that. (Credit to Finuve)
Check out this guide to swap out your hard drive. (Works for all PS3 models.)
Models that can not play FFXI:
If you have the 40gig model, which doesn’t support PS2 backwards compatibility, you will not be able to run FFXI. If you have the 60gig, 80 gig, or an upgraded 20gig model, proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Configure your internet connection and update the Firmware.
This is also very simple to do. On the XMB (Main Menu) go to the settings menu. Then scroll all the way down to Network Settings. Then select internet Connection Settings. From here, select yes to continue on and select the type of connection you have. Finally, follow the on-screen instructions. Boom, you have an internet capable PS3. When the PS3 connects to the internet, odds are you need to update your firmware. To do this select Settings from the XMB and select System Update. Then follow the on-screen instructions. Proceed to step 3 once your PS3 reboots.
Step 3: Create a PSN account and download the PS2 system data.
To access the PSN store to get the PS2 system data you need a PSN account. To get one, just go to the Friends tab on your XMB, select sign up and fill out the forms. You do not have to have a credit card on file to get the file. After that’s all done and you are logged in, head to the PlayStation Store to get the PS2 system data. Click on "View by Title" -> "P" -> "PS2 System Data" -> "PS2 System Data (For HDD Titles)" -> "Download" and it should start downloading. After it is finished, go to the Game option in your XMB and select it to install it.
Step 4: Configure HDTV for PS2 games. (HDTVs ONLY)
The PS2 software will default to a 640x480 resolution for your PS2 games. Incidentally, this will look horrible on your HDTV. Sony placed an option to do a software upscale for PS2 games to make them look less blurry. If you have a HDTV, go to the Settings tab on your XMB and click on game settings. Enable the PS2 up-scaling option.
Step 5: Insert Vanna’deil collection 2008 DVD, or PlayOnline and Tetra Master DVD.
When the DVD is loaded in and tries to run, the PS3 says that this is a hard disk game and needs to partition a portion of your hard drive for PS2 data. Go ahead and let it do so. This process takes about 5-10 minutes. After that, POL will boot up, just follow the instructions on the screen. If you are installing each expansion individually, install them one by one.
Step 6: Configure POL internet connection.
When you boot POL off the hard disk for the first time it will ask you to set up your Ethernet connection. The default values should be able to log you in just fine as the game works off the PS3’s connection. Just be sure you are connected to the PSN before you boot up the game.
If you cannot connect with the default settings, exit out of POL and go to the Internet Setting in the XMB. Write down the primary DNS and Gateway numbers, then go back into POL and input these numbers there. (Credit to AngusX)
Step 7: Patch, Patch, and patch some more.
Self explanatory pretty much. Just go to the FFXI front page on POL and hit play. Patch the game.
Step 8: ???
Step 9: Profit!
Note on playing the game on multiple machines.
The POL accounts are universal. You can play on all 3 systems with the same account, characters, etc.
The 360 version requires you to tie it to a gamer-tag, but that doesn't prevent you playing the game on another machine or another 360 as long as you are logged into the gamer-tag.
You also may want to save your macro sets on the server, so you won't have to input them again on the new machine.
Hopefully this will end the redundant threads about playing FFXI on the PS3. If you have an issue, or have anything helpful to add to the guide, post it here and I will attempt to give you a hand.
Edit: Sorry for the delay...stupid finals. Added 20gig information (Thanks Finuve) and added information about the exact location of PS2 system data in the new PlayStation Store.
Edit: Added another method for connecting to POL through the PS3 (Thanks AngusX!)
Edit: Added note about multiple machines.
Edited, Apr 24th 2008 8:38pm by neootaku
Edited, Apr 30th 2008 12:01am by neootaku