Blaugust – Day 4
Do my eyes deceive me?
Ages ago I heard about SweetFX, a something-something that did something-something that ended up making your games look different. More vibrant colors, altered contrast/brightness, and other fancy effects that ranged from depth of field to Borderlands-style cell-shading.
After finding a very useful Reddit post on how to apply this to Final Fantasy XIV I decided to give it a shot and I’m happy to say that it works wonderfully, and also… call me crazy, but makes things look sharper.
I noticed this while switching the thing on and off (which you can do with a key press): it makes textures seem a bit sharper. I am not a connoisseur of PC graphic settings but stuff looked better (if a bit darker) with the settings on. Here’s a couple of screens (tried to leave them as high quality as I could, but of course compression always rears its ugly hand):
“But Saga, it seems to be just a change in… contrast or some fancy lightning stuff!“. Well, yeah… maybe… but to my eyes it does look a bit better. Darker, too! There’s probably a line of code you can edit to make it brighter, but I’d rather not touch that and just enjoy it.
As I said before, you can turn it on or off on-the-fly with a key press so it’s not really that bothersome. There’s supposed to be a light hit to fps (less than 5) but thankfully my current GPU (GTX 970) can handle it.
It’s all a blur
The other cool thing this does is add a “depth of field” effect. This is a “blur” effect that is applied to everything that isn’t on focus. It comes with a caveat: it blurs everything off-focus, including your UI. But you can take pretty awesome screenshots with it.
While being “on” it makes whatever is in the center of the screen and in it’s same horizontal axis sharp, while everything else is made blurry (including your UI as I said before). Hiding your UI (Scroll Lock key by default in XIV) is a must, unless you want to play while everything looks off-focus. If you switch to first person, it becomes a pretty cool camera.
Is that… legal?
I’ll make it legal! No, wait, wrong topic! Anyways, there’s official word on the forums that this is not against the XIV ToS, so if you want to fiddle with it, feel free to do so. It is, as always, a matter of taste so be sure to uninstall should you find the effect unappealing.