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FFX HD Comparison Video: New vs. Old

We're all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Final Fantasy X remaster, which should be out later this year.

If you're wondering how much "newer" the game will look due to the slick high-definition upgrade, check out this latest comparison video.

This is the introductory scene of the game, where all the characters are sitting around a campfire. On the left of the screen, there's the old standard definition presentation. On the right is the HD upgrade, so it's easy to see the differences. Everything is much cleaner and crisper, obviously. Perhaps the one thing that captures the significance of the visual upgrade best is Tidus' necklace; check it out when the camera zooms in on his face.

FFX HD will also come with Final Fantasy X-2 HD, which makes it the most anticipated package of 2013, as far as I'm concerned.

Thanks, Zak!

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy X HD

Tags: final fantasy x hd, ffxhd, final fantasy x hd video

7/9/2013 10:09:12 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (59 posts)

bebestorm
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 10:40:33 AM
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Final Fantasy X looks to be the best hd upgade! Their Hair looks fantastic. Game already wins best rpg on ps3. They should of showed X-2 because the screenshots I saw awhile back looked awesome

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:08:01 PM

Nope. Look at the Wind Waker old vs new.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:18:01 PM

I can definitely see the potential in Windwaker being extremely pwetty.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:55:12 PM

You should check it out. It looks like a current gen game. The graphics held up well over the years but with their new lighting and shaders and the wii u hardware specs, the game looks fantastic.

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bebestorm
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 5:24:51 PM

I dont know what Wind Waker is but Ill be sure to youtube it...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 6:49:52 PM

It's a Zelda iteration that caused a lot of ruckus for being cel-shaded.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 7:12:39 PM

I remember that. I had my doubts about the new direction too but once I got my hands on it I absolutely adored it. To this day is one of my favorite styles.

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___________
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 6:05:49 AM

zelda in cell shading?
BLASPHEMY!

plus, he did say on ps3 so cant disagree with wind waker unless nintys suddenly decided to ditch the wiiu and go third party.

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txgamer
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 10:58:19 AM
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Can't wait for this. I'm getting this on Vita.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 11:29:12 AM
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Ahhhh, makes me remember when these games had emotion and good characters. Looks great, can't wait.

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ethird1
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:01:58 PM

Wussy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:04:54 PM

Douchenozzle.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 3:59:52 PM

@ethird1
poopnose.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:18:12 PM

Greaseneck.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 5:42:40 PM

Scrotumwrinkle

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 11:35:15 AM
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The original Final Fantasy X does not look THAT bad! The image is not as soft as that nor does it have such aliasing issues.

I have to say I am still not convinced on the new character models. They just look weird and liefless look at this comparison:


Original:
http://www.electricblueskies.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Final-Fantasy-X-10-Wallpaper-set5-Miihen-01-AURON-PORTRAIT.jpg

HD:
http://www.finalfantasy-fxn.net/images/media/51dc1d77_Final-Fantasy-X-X-2-HD-Remaster-21.jpg

While the textures are more detailed the colour and expressions look flat. The expression in Final Fantasy X were quite good considering it was an early PS2 title.

I had the same problem watching that interlude video. When Tidus looks out to the sunset it doesn't reflect well of his skin tones unlike the original ruining the impact of that moment...

I will no doubt get this but I think I may start playing through the original just to experience it once more. At least this trailer didn't have spoilers about the results of the pilgrimage. I cannot believe S-E's last story trailer.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 11:44:06 AM

"The original Final Fantasy X does not look THAT bad! The image is not as soft as that nor does it have such aliasing issues."

No idea what you thought you were playing, but it absolutely had those issues. it was even noted in most reviews of the time.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:09:23 PM

I'm not that impressed with this either. I thought God of War 2's conversion to HD was better from what I am seeing. That could change though as I see more.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:27:45 PM

One should note that they aren't redoing just the basics like God of War II, they are using better models in combat and also redoing FMV.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:53:42 PM

Ultima, those supposed "originals" are ABSULTELY NOT taken from a PS2's frame buffer. Period. The resolution on that is way higher than the actual game. Those are taken from some sort of emulator with amped up filtering. Whoever did this comparison has scewed the truth.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:58:56 PM

http://www.ign.com/images/games/final-fantasy-x-ps2-14008/4fa6c9aecdc388ed13e69c91

Here's an accurate depiction. Resolution and all. Complete with crappy interlacing. So stop your moaning and be happy. Crap.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:00:37 PM

I didn't look at the links until Temji chimed in. Dude, he's right. That "original" shot is NOT from the game running on the PS2.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:04:22 PM

Yes it was taken from an emulator. But It is still all the data from the original just running with filters. The point of that was to demonstrate the change in the character models. The more I compare the two I really dislike the new Tidus model. The facial structure really does remove the sense of character from Tidus. I hope they keep all the original voice acting. This new 30 minute audio story told post game has me concerned. Sure, Tidus had a annoying voice - No one can deny that. But it really suited the immaturity of the character and how Vulnerable we is in this 'new' Spira.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:12:20 PM

Soooooo we're saying that the improvement is actually even better than it looks? Fine by me.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:21:36 PM

I think the new version looks fine but certainly not the best we've seen. God of War comes to mind and the Wind Waker HD almost looks like a current gen game with its added shaders, particle and lighting effects.

I do agree with Ultima on one thing. They do look much more doll like in the HD port. Square failed to capture the alive look that the previous version has.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 2:30:33 PM

I dunno dudes, they don't look alive at all in the original to me. Not just based on this footage either but of the many times I've played it. Maybe they did at the time...

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 3:49:34 PM

http://david-mason.deviantart.com/art/FFX-384158124
I made my own enhanced version of the HD remake. Look colors are brighter and more contrasting now!
In like 15 secs I adjusted the lighting in gimp so it POPS more. So much crap people people fall for.

Anyway, that supposed original is 1440x1080. Yah, the PS2 rendered that... HA whatever.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:04:45 PM

You don't see animations very well, either, due to the fact everything happening in this video is slow.

They move very smooth and realistically now. Look at the part juuust prior to stopping and looking at sunset. Watch Tidus walk up the hill to his standing point in the HD side. It's much much smoother. The animation I mean, not the textures.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:08:07 PM

btw, in Gimp all I played with was the brightness and contrast. You know? The settings we can use on our TV's? ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:13:55 PM

Hey Mason you're good with the computer graphics and such and I always enjoy looking at your creations. Would you be interested in collaborating on the occasional video game related comic strip? Sometimes I get funny ideas and I've basically let all of my artistic ability lapse.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 5:55:41 PM

I always like ideas for projects, World. Beamboom also wants to create a video game. The thing is my time is really limited, what with school and family and all, where I don't nearly get enough done on the personal projects I have going already. There's some projects I have for myself involving character and environmental modeling that have to get done before I tackle anything else. These have a precedent because they're something I need as part of a career portfolio.

Thanks though. I hope you get something rolling with your ideas and goals.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 6:52:07 PM

I hear ya, I have a lot of personal projects I'm trying to get off the ground too. One I may be able to announce by the end of summer.

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darxed
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:21:11 PM
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I think It's looking great!. On a side note, anyone else feels his heart pump when "To Zanarkand" was playing? I swear that has to be the best videogame music ever.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:28:23 PM

Mine slows down with a twinge of nostalgia for quality long lost.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:39:22 PM

The Soundtrack to Final Fantasy X is surprisingly tranquil with tracks like 'Tidus Theme' or 'Besaid'. They're just very nice to listen to. Think I may have to get X's soundtrack soon too.

On a side note, World' what is that Yuna picture from... It almost looks like a promotion for Theatrhythm...

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darxed
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:53:39 PM

@World

Sigh... I should have known better than to post something positive about Final Fantasy on this site. It amazes me how ONE not bad, not great game and two not for everyone sequels can destroy the legacy of at least 9 all around excellent games spanning more than 25 years in the eyes of some people.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:05:14 PM

It's just a fan CG.

Calm down darx, you know as well as I do the greatness is never coming back.

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darxed
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:15:50 PM

@World

Well that's the thing, I still have hope for FFXV, action oriented or not. Anyways, I know that you want XV to be as great as I hope It will be... Sorry If I was too harsh...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 2:31:21 PM

eh, we get heated about what we love. Let's just send happy thoughts in the same direction :)

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 12:50:13 PM
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Looks nice. Check out out how much improved the geometry on Rikku's shoulder is as the cam passes by her near the beginning of the vid. This is a quality conversion.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:01:50 PM

Lol, I didn't noticed the improved geometry on her shoulder because I was too busy looking at the unimproved geometry on her blue little wing thingy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:08:46 PM

stuff that was low quality to begin with is gonna look worse in HD, DMC HD has a lot of trouble with that in character models.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:13:39 PM

I have yet to see the DMC HD collection but I remember DMC looked horrible on the PS2. the textures were detailed but really really soft. It looked just as soft as the PS2 port of Resident Evil 4. Does anyone know if they were released on the same engine. Because they both had the same problem. DMC still looks very sharp.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:16:47 PM

The backgrounds look fantastic though.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:46:58 PM

The PS2 version of RE4 looks like garbage compared to the GameCube version.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:14:57 PM

I never got a Gamecube but I almost did for Windwaker. I think everyone agrees it had the definitive RE4.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:58:17 PM

Oh man, I picked up the PS2 version for $5 out of curiosity, not only were the graphics terrible, the sound and controls where just as bad if not worse. One of the worst ports I've ever played. I quit playing it and went out an bought the Wii version which was the GameCube version with motion controls and extra modes.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 3:46:50 PM
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Come to think of it I don't know if I've even played FFX on an HD TV yet, or if I did it wasn't with S-video or an upconverter.

Sure looked great on an SD TV though.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 3:53:31 PM

Now you've gone and sparked my curiosity. I'm gonna pop it in when I get home. :) Last time I played it was on my old tube TV in SD.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:07:01 PM

Me too... never before in HD... Should give it a whirl.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:16:52 PM

Now I want to run it through my HD upconverter too, but I was hoping to leave it completely alone until this comes out. I bet FFXII looks pretty great cuz it was a big visual leap over X, if not very much fun.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:19:47 PM

It looked Superb on through the Upscaling on the PS3. Sadly my PS3 tanked so I am having to put up with a PS2 Slim on a HDTV via component cable. What is worse is that the US PS2's have a progressive mode While the PAL ones don't. The result... I am not the most technical abled chap but you know of a Nintendo DS montior restricted the graphics by it's pixels so you would see a lot of jagged blocks - same thing, it looks awful. I have had to resort to a Cheat Disc which can upscale but it is so temperamental... I have never forgiven Sony for removing PS2 backwards compatibility.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 4:23:22 PM

Yeah I haven't let that go either, since my fatty died I feel sad when I have to unroll my PS2 controller to play a game that should work on my PS3. Those no way PS2 chips are that expensive.

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TheOldOne
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 9:52:25 PM
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My God! No more prequels, remakes, remasters or Lightning on steroids++!! Why won't they release a decent game (last one was FFX, more or less). I was eager years ago for XIII, but I lost hope already!

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homura
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 10:39:19 PM
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This is great. I hope XII HD is also in the works.

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BigT_1980
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 3:43:20 AM
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I pre-ordered it today after seeing it is a special edition. Can't wait for this and the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles.

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___________
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 6:08:12 AM
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funny how some HD remakes actually look like HD remakes, where others look identical to playing them on the ps3 with the smoothing enabled.
just makes me wish devs would spend a little more time and redo shaders and textures instead of just passing them through a HD filter.

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djbool
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 7:34:34 PM
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Loved it and I'm pumped!

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Mystearica
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 11:08:05 PM
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ooh now nostalgic

PS. Tidus still looks ugly ;)

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