Character info at a glance.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn entered Phase 3 of its beta program last weekend on June 14. Square Enix have confirmed that the beta servers will be opened once again this coming weekend starting on June 21, at 2:00 A.M. PDT until June 23, 2 A.M. PDT for both PlayStation 3 and PC users. The company also re-introduced the Lodestone, a way to check out your character's stats even when you aren't in the game.
The Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn beta is massive, showing off huge amounts of content in vast city states like Limsa Lominsa, Ul'dah and Gridania. If you want more details on Phase 3 of the FF14:ARR beta read part one and part two of Nick LaLone's in-depth preview.
As for the Lodestone, you can use it with other FF14:ARR players to communicate with one another. Some functionalities include being able to view your character's gear and portrait, accessing your character's friend list, viewing the activities of users in your linkshell and of your Free Company members, and the ability to post on blogs and forum threads.
Basically the Lodestone is your Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn HUB. A place where you can go to find information on Linkshells, other players, or anything else in the game via the forums. The beta version is available now, and there's even a mobile app for when you need to check out stats on the go. Anyone in Phase 3 of the Beta is invited to test out the improvements now.