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FIFA 21 on PC won't have next-gen features, EA explain why

Published: 16:42, 24 November 2020
FIFA 21 screenshot showing PSG's home stadium
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EA say FIFA 21 PC version will not get the next-gen features coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in order to keep the system requirements as low as possible.

Today, EA Sports have released a new teaser trailer for the next-gen version of FIFA 21, showcasing the visual upgrade that the game will receive very soon. This upgrade will be available on new consoles, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 but sadly, PC players will have to wait for the next iteration of FIFA to enjoy the new features and visuals.

When asked about the PC version of the game and why they decided to skip the upgrade, EA replied that they want to keep the game's minimum specs as low as possible. Apparently, if they added the next-gen features to PC version, many players would have been left out in the cold, unable to play the game. Here's what Executive producer Aaron McHardy said :

"When we looked at what generation to put the PC game on, we looked at our fans and what capabilities they had with the hardware they have. And we have that information to understand what the power of the PCs out there in the world are. And when we looked at that, in order to run the gen five game, our min spec would have been at a spot that would have left a lot of people out in the cold not being able to play the game. So we made the choice to keep the PC version of the game on the gen four version of FIFA so that we can open the doors and be inclusive to everybody who wants to play FIFA."

EA screenshot showing Trent Alexander-Arnold in FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X and PS5 Trent Alexander-Arnold in FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X and PS5

Of course, this excuse is probably on the list of the bad ones and EA should really come up with something more believable. FIFA runs completely fine on eight-years-old hardware and we doubt the next-gen improvements are so demanding that older PCs would struggle with it. 

Furthermore, even if the next-gen requirements are high, adding an ultra-low graphics setting for those with old hardware could potentially solve the issue. 

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