Based on this page the Framework 16 with the integrated graphics alone should be between the minimum and recommended specs for the graphics card and way better than the recommended for all other categories.
It may require turning down some settings, but it should be playable.
I found this article which covers iGPU performance for FF14. They report a 780M in an AMD 7840U getting 70fps on average on the laptop preset. I am willing to believe it. They show a 12700H getting around 35fps which is about what my laptop with a 13700H/Iris Xe hits when running the game on laptop settings at 2560X1600. The 780M is supposed to have roughly twice the performance of Iris Xe so that tracks almost perfectly here.
This is definitely going to be one of the games I end up playing on my FW16. I’ve been playing since the beta for AAR so I don’t plan to stop any time soon (especially with the new expansion announced). I’m getting the dGPU with my purchase though. I can definitely run a test, but I’m in batch 14 so it’ll be a while.
I had a feeling you might be in an earlier batch than me. I’ve been playing it on PC the whole time. I get time constraints. I haven’t been playing as much the last few months. I do try and hop on for the seasonal events.
It’s worth noting that there is a graphical update to the game coming with Dawntrail in the summer, regardless of whether you own the expansion or not. During the Tokyo Fanfest provisional system requirements were announced and you can find them listed on the expansion’s Steam page - the previous recommended specs are the new minimum, so the iGPU might not cut it. It might be playable on low settings but we can’t know that for sure. Based on previous expansions there will likely be a benchmark released at some point but with the graphical updates in the works this could be a while away yet. I’d recommend getting the dGPU by the time Dawntrail releases if you can.
I believe it’s the same price regardless. However I haven’t looked up how they do shipping so if the customer pays for shipping then it would be cheaper to buy it with the laptop. However if it’s free shipping then it really doesn’t matter.
Looks like it’s +$400 in the configurator, but since it’s +$99 for both I’m guessing that the price of the empty bay is already added into the total and is $99. So that would make it $499 total in the configurator.
Unfortunately adding a GPU isn’t possible for pre-orders. You would have to cancel the pre-order and make a new one, losing your place in the queue.
But I think the sales for the GPU in the marketplace might open before the laptop exits pre-production.
Out of curiosity for the graphics upgrade it looks like Square Enix will not be dropping PS4 support for FF14, so we can expect the game to run (hopefully) acceptably on the PS4 after the 7.0 update. That gives us some baseline because we can compare the PS4 GPU and the Radeon 780M. The 780M has fewer compute units but is much newer silicon with theoretically better performance listed. The newer minimum specs on the PC listing are higher but so long as they are maintaining PS4 support I suspect iGPUs will do fine with the game.