How to Participate in the FFXIV Xbox Open Beta

FFXIV is finally coming to Xbox!

by Davi Braid
Image: Square Enix

The open beta of Final Fantasy XIV for Xbox Series X|S is a great chance for new gamers to dive into this broad universe. This guide will walk you through the process of how to venture into Hydaelyn during Final Fantasy 14’s Xbox Open Beta.

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How to Join the Final Fantasy 14 Open Beta on Xbox

  • Make sure to adjust the privacy settings of your Xbox
  • Download the trial version of Final Fantasy 14
  • Launch the FFXIV Open Beta
  • Follow the instructions displayed on your screen

Check below for more detailed instructions on how to complete each of these steps.

Adjusting Xbox Privacy Settings

Before you can participate in the open beta, you need to adjust your Xbox privacy settings to fully enjoy the game and make use of its features. Navigate to Settings > Account > Privacy and online safety > Xbox privacy > View details and customize. Here, you need to enable the following options:

  • Joining multiplayer games
  • Joining cross-network play
  • Others communicating with voice, text, and invites
  • Communicating outside of Xbox with voice and text
  • See and upload community creations (Back out into View details and customize > Game content)

Downloading the Final Fantasy 14 Free Trial

Once your privacy settings are correctly configured, head over to the Microsoft Store and search for “Final Fantasy XIV.” You’ll find the free trial version on the product page, which you can download directly onto your Xbox Series X|S.

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Image: Square Enix

Launching the Game

Once the setup process concludes, you’re ready to start the game. The on-screen instructions will guide you through the rest of the process.

It’s important to note that the open beta is designed primarily for new players. Therefore, if you have an existing Square Enix account with a registered Final Fantasy XIV license, you won’t be able to participate in the open beta. However, you’ll be able to play Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox with your existing Square Enix account and its associated characters once the full Xbox launch takes place after the open beta concludes.

While participating in the open beta, you’ll have access to the same content and features as the Free Trial version on PC or PS4/5, with the exception of making purchases from the game’s online store. The open beta does not support these purchases.

Finally, remember that while the Free Trial version, including the open beta, does not require an Xbox Game Pass subscription to play, the full Xbox Series X|S version of FFXIV will require one upon its official launch.

- This article was updated on February 9th, 2024

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Davi Braid is a devoted writer and gamer who's immersed in the world of interactive storytelling. Having worked in office jobs, he took a daring leap to pursue his dream job: writing about video games. His work is featured at many publications, and his journey has allowed him to explore the rich narratives and immersive experiences that this medium has to offer. In his quest to uncover the hidden gems within gaming, Davi embraces new genres and unearths unexpected delights in the world of video games.