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Microsoft Windows is a family of operating software produced by Microsoft for many types of connected devices, from personal computers to smartphones and video game consoles. Several Final Fantasy titles have been released across Windows platforms.

The Windows familyEdit

Windows on the PCEdit

The origins of Windows as an operating system (OS) can be traced back to 1985 and the rise of the IBM-compatible PC, but early versions were merely graphical shells for Microsoft's MS-DOS systems, facilitators for its command lines.

Although Windows has been said to have come of age with 1992's version 3.1, it was not until circa 1997, during the run of Windows 95, that Microsoft developed a dedicated programming interface for games, as well as a set of standards for game design and performance. Operating under the name DirectX, this framework would become the basis for the name and design of the original Xbox console in 2001 as well as the Xbox 360 in 2005.

Windows has undergone multiple stages of evolution, to the point that it powers the majority of personal computers worldwide. The most recent version of Windows is Windows 10, with its latest update as of April 2017.

The PC and Windows are entwined as such that games for Windows are often referred to as "PC games".

Windows MobileEdit

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 logo

Initially known as Windows CE, Microsoft created Windows Mobile in 1998 as a means to bring the platform to small, low-power devices. As it became associated with personal digital assistants and smartphones, it went through a number of iterations in time with the desktop versions, as well as several different name changes, before returning to Windows Mobile in 2015. The operating system chiefly powers Microsoft's Lumia line of devices and other entry-level smartphones.

The current version of Windows Mobile is Windows 10 Mobile, released in 2015. Windows Phone 8, released in 2012, is the only other supported release.

Windows on Xbox OneEdit

In a departure from its previous consoles, Microsoft chose to use a modification of Windows on the Xbox One. This version can run apps designed under Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) strategy. The console uses a virtual machine hypervisor to run games in a dedicated space. While it was initially based on Windows 8 at launch, the Xbox One now runs a modified version of Windows 10 as of its latest update.

Final Fantasy titles for WindowsEdit

For PCEdit

Game Release Date Metascore
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Final Fantasy III N/A May 28, 2014Steam May 28, 2014Steam 68
Final Fantasy IV N/A September 17, 2014Steam September 17, 2014Steam N/A
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years N/A May 12, 2015Steam May 12, 2015Steam N/A
Final Fantasy V N/A September 24, 2015Steam September 24, 2015Steam N/A
Final Fantasy VI N/A December 8, 2015Steam December 8, 2015Steam N/A
Final Fantasy VII May 16, 2013International June 24, 1998Physical CD
August 14, 2012Digital download from Square Enix Online Store
June 24, 1998Physical CD
August 14, 2012Digital download from Square Enix Online Store
N/A
Final Fantasy VIII March 23, 2000Physical CD
TBADigital download from Square Enix Online Store and Steam
December 31, 1999Physical CD
December 5, 2013Digital download from Square Enix Online Store and Steam
December 5, 2013Digital download from Square Enix Online Store and Steam N/A
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster May 12, 2016Steam May 12, 2016Steam May 12, 2016Steam 83
Final Fantasy XI November 7, 2002Physical DVD
April 19, 2013Steam
October 28, 2003Physical DVD
April 19, 2013Steam
September 17, 2004Physical DVD
April 19, 2013Steam
85
Final Fantasy XIII October 9, 2014 October 9, 2014 October 9, 2014 61
Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 11, 2014 December 11, 2014 December 11, 2014 75
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Spring 2015 Spring 2015 Spring 2015 N/A
Final Fantasy XIV September 30, 2010 September 30, 2010 September 30, 2010 49
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn August 27, 2013Physical DVD and digital download
?Steam
August 27, 2013Physical DVD and digital download
February 17, 2014Steam
August 27, 2013Physical DVD and digital download
February 17, 2014Steam
83
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward June 23, 2015 June 23, 2015 June 23, 2015 N/A
Final Fantasy: Unlimited on PC Adventure - Labyrinth May 16, 2003 N/A N/A N/A
Final Fantasy Type-0 Online*Windows 10 only TBA 2015 N/A N/A N/A

For MobileEdit

Main series
Other titles

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