FIFA 21 confirmed for PC Steam release, will not be next-gen version

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 11:30 AM
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Last week, during the EA Play Live online stream event, EA Sports confirmed that the next addition to the Football franchise, FIFA 21, will be heading to Steam for the very first time. Whilst this certainly is good news for the football heads among us who primarily use Steam, Electronic Arts also confirmed that the latest entry on PC will be stuck on the current-gen console versions of the PS4 and Xbox One, rather than the next-gen upgrade of the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions.

FIFA 21 itself was revealed for the current-gen consoles launching on October 9th, with next-gen versions slated for a later date (though it wasn’t revealed exactly what date yet, presumably because it might be a lunch title and neither Sony nor Microsoft have revealed their release dates yet).

The next-gen edition of FIFA 21 is touted to include “deferred lighting and rendering” resulting in “ultra-realistic football experiences and player fidelity”, improved animations with “stats-driven player movement”, as well as support for the PlayStation 5’s DualSense haptic feedback. So none of these features will be present in the PC release it seems.

All players who purchase the current-gen versions of FIFA 21 will receive a next-gen version upgrade for completely free, but it’s unclear whether this next-gen version will come to PC players at all, either as an update or a brand new version. Either way, P players are not very happy at the moment.

Currently, there doesn’t really seem to be a reason to not release the next-gen version for PC players at launch. I could be wrong here, but surely this just seems like EA not wanting to upset console fans? Or maybe they’re just being polite and waiting to release the next-gen version for everyone at the same time. Then again, we’ve had experiences in the past with other football games on PC stuck in the previous-gen versions, so one can only hope right now.

Hopefully we’ll hear something from EA soon, but what do you think? Are you excited for FIFA 21 on PC? And why wouldn’t EA release the next-gen version on PC before consoles? Let us know your thoughts!

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04:57 Jun-23-2020

Havent game developers figured out yet that consoles ARE the limiting factor when it comes to developing a game? Its a football game, what could it possibly need to render 22 high quality players, a field and a static pre rendered crowd? My brothers dual core laptop maxes out fifa 20 with constant 90+ fps

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19:22 Jun-22-2020

finaly i can unistall origin xD

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22:31 Jun-22-2020

I am pretty sure you will need Origin too just like for Paradox games you need their ****y launcher!

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04:53 Jun-23-2020

For me it opens a lite version of origin, but you still need origin installed on the computer, I can maybe get back to bf4 now since origin has been dialing this annoying server time out error for a while now

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16:03 Jun-22-2020

Even tho I won't buy it cuz its pure money grubbing at its finest that is atrocious. Dammit it EA can you do at least ONE thing pro-consumer??

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16:40 Jun-22-2020

yeah, ea sports games are cancer

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15:25 Jun-22-2020

Even more reason to not buy the game. Everytime they put Pc on a second fate.

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14:24 Jun-22-2020

This is just a way for them to be like "hey look how beautiful FIFA is on PS5 and Xbox, now look how ugly it is on a PC, ok now buy the new consoles peasants"

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13:13 Jun-22-2020

You know what.


Ive decided to move from pc to ps4 :) because of nowadays with gold sellers etc, and stuff its almost impossible to win matches on pc in ultimate team. True, i can win, but its too much pre defined wheter i win or lose.
I also spended lots of money to buy packs on the pc, and i hope things will be better on the ps4.
If it won't be better, then 21 is my last fifa for now...

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16:41 Jun-22-2020

you should stop buying all ea crap, it is really the same year after year for the same 60 bucks

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16:52 Jun-22-2020

This is not something strictly reserved for the PC version. I play FIFA 20 on my PS4 and the same stupid stuff happens. It's not the device, it's the crappy game that EA releases year after year. I am so glad I made the switch to PES.

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17:24 Jun-22-2020

You know, i dont mind paying 60 bucks every year. And i also dont mind buying fifa points for packs to improve my squad.
What i do mind is that when having almost all the best players in the bundesliga back when 20 was out for a month, i wasnt able to consitantly win matches.. EA still prefers the EPL and LL above bundesliga imo. I just want to win a bit more matches. But thats hard >>>

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17:26 Jun-22-2020



I heard that its a bit fairer on the ps4, cause there you cant uses trainers etc (which unfortunally do happen quite often in the pc version) so im buying 21 for the ps4, spend also 30 bucks for 3 monts ps plus, and then see how it goes :) But im too much of a soccer fan to have not play a soccer game. So it could be i still end up buying 22 too :) But we'll see about that later




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21:58 Jun-22-2020

so you don't like fifa on PC because you suck at winning even having the best squad? Have you ever wondered that you could play vs the best players out there or not? Having the best squad doesn't mean u will always win matches. I for example refunded my fifa 18 or 19 due to servers lagging me out none stop and players not muting their mic's (its so frustrating to play vs a player whose mic on)

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20:11 Jun-23-2020

Aye! 18 and 19 and especially 18 was very bad with lagging sometimes..


But indeed, it might be that i play against the best players out there, but it could be that i was also a bit frustrated cause my mental health wasnt that good back then.


Its much better now, and maybe im even gonna give 20 a shot once more, cause i had 20 via origin access. So its not that expensive to buy a month again

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20:12 Jun-23-2020

But, we will see what the future brings. Im that much of a soccer fan, and also a true fan of fifa (i played every fifa since it released in 94) so chance will be high im caughing up the 60 bucks every year and year and year :)


But i dont mind it that much. Even if i dont win that many matches, fifa still is quite a good time killer :D

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