The PC version of FIFA 21 will not receive the improvements announced on Tuesday that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions will receive, due to the minimum system requirements of the PC version. EA Sports would otherwise have to increase these requirements, which the company does not want to do.
Executive producer Aaron McHardy tells Eurogamer that EA wants to keep FIFA 21 accessible and available to as many people as possible. Many PC players have computers with relatively low system specifications, according to the developer and publisher. When EA made next-gen enhancements to the PC version, system requirements would have to increase and many players would no longer be able to play FIFA 21, McHardy said. Therefore, the PC version remains the same as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
The PC version of FIFA 21 requires at least an Intel Core i3-6100 or AMD Athlon X4 880K, with 8GB memory and an Nvidia GTX 660 or an AMD Radeon HD 7850, according to current system requirements. Eurogamer notes that it is not first is that a FIFA PC game lags behind the console versions.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles will, according to EA, include a new deferred lighting system and improved display of certain players. For example, some players’ muscles and hair strands should look better in the next-gen versions. These versions also get extra animations, faster loading times and ball compression. FIFA 21 is now available for Windows, Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions will follow on December 4 .