I have done troubleshooting for the game, but it doesnt seem to help. I have skipdraw set to 4 and offset hack ticked, but while that helped with the opening FMV, it still is rather choppy during gameplay, and will even have to pause for a couple of seconds at a time regularly when going through menus in battle or encountering an enemy on the field.
Native resolution doesnt seem to help at all.
I just tested FFX and I can run it at x2 native resolution without any slowdown or issues of any kind as far as I can tell.
First idea - althrough you didn't post your system specs - your cpu/gpu is too slow, upgrade it. Xenosaga III is way above FFX in requirements for both CPU and GPU.
actually, it can improve the graphics provided you have a decent gpu.
moreover, your CPU isn't that powerful for pcsx2 unless you overclock it to 3.5 ghz.
Better try latest SVN with mtvu hack since you have more than 2 cores.
it can give you a speedboost : http://buildbot.orphis.net/pcsx2/
CPU : I7 2600K Oc'ed @ 4.2Ghz
Mobo : Intel P67 southbridge
GPU : NVIDIA Geforce GTX 750 Ti
RAM : 6 Go
It runs much better at software? Yup it must be game of Xenosaga series and yup your GPU is too slow for it to run at hardware.
Software mode have more effects(which are often problematic in hardware mode), in that way it's often much better looking, pretty much always, but you cannot upscale it etc. and soo it looks as it looks, you cannot really change it.
That's too bad. It's just not worth it for me to upgrade my GPU from a financial standpoint right now. Thanks for the help everyone.
Out of curiosity, since this is currently the only reliable GPU upgrade option for me, how much of an improvement would an ATI Radeon HD 5770 be from what I currently have?
Pretty much a world of difference, I have hd5670 which is like 2x worser and have not much problems to play most games with x2-x3 upscale(FFX even at x4 or x5 at max to XSIII in x2 for comparism). Through Nvidia is probably a bit better at times if you aim at pcsx2. Nvidia gpu's have higher memory bandwidth or something else too, which some ps2 games like, through what hd5770 offers is already enough in most cases for full hd res:].