FIFA 22's PC Version Won't Include the Next-Gen Improvements Being Added to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Versions

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It will follow in the footsteps of FIFA 21, which likewise reserved its various next-gen upgrades for console. According to EA, this is done to ensure that players with less powerful PC rigs can still run the game well.

The PC version of FIFA has historically had a smaller fanbase than the console versions, as evidenced by its less active transfer market in FIFA Ultimate Team. That doesn't figure to change with FIFA 22 as the console versions speed ahead with various updates to the animation engine and the PC version lags ahead.

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FIFA 22's PC Version Won't Include the Next-Gen Improvements Being Added to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Versions - IGN

IGN 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

It will follow in the footsteps of FIFA 21, which likewise reserved its various next-gen upgrades for console. According to EA, this is done to ensure that players with less powerful PC rigs can still run the game well.

The PC version of FIFA has historically had a smaller fanbase than the console versions, as evidenced by its less active transfer market in FIFA Ultimate Team. That doesn't figure to change with FIFA 22 as the console versions speed ahead with various updates to the animation engine and the PC version lags ahead.

The best version of FIFA 22 won't be on PC

Ars Technica 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

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The PC version of the upcoming FIFA 22 will be missing certain features available on the latest generation of consoles and Google's Stadia streaming platform. The PC version will be comparable to the "last-generation" console versions on PS4/Xbox One.

Promotional materials for the newly announced game highlight "groundbreaking new HyperMotion gameplay technology," which purportedly "combines Advanced 11v11 Match Capture and proprietary machine learning technology to deliver the most realistic, fluid, and responsive football experience... unlocking the raw emotion, passion, and physicality of the world's game." Unfortunately for PC players, though, that AI-powered animation is available "only on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Stadia," publisher EA says.

The missing features for PC players are somewhat reminiscent of last year's FIFA 21. For that release, console players got a free update on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S that added advanced features like ball deformation and special camera angles. Those updates never came to the PC version of the game, though, a situation Executive Producer Aaron McHardy told Eurogamer was part of an effort to keep the PC minimum specs down "so that we can open the doors and be inclusive to everybody who wants to play FIFA."

"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," McHardy told Eurogamer last year. "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 [PS5/Xbox Series] 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." The same situation likely applies to the PC version of FIFA 22.

But FIFA 21 was in a bit of an awkward position last year because it launched on PC and consoles just over one month before the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S were available. This year, all versions of the game will be launching simultaneously on October 1, but the PC version will lag well behind its current-generation console counterparts released the same day.

EA says that FIFA 22 requires an Athlon X4 880K / Intel Core i3-6100 or better, Radeon HD 7850 / GeForce GTX 660 or better, and 8GB of RAM.

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Next-Gen Sports Games On PC Always Suck, This Is Nothing New

Kotaku 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

Eurogamer published a story earlier today collecting some of this disappointment and frustration, from game forums to Reddit, following the reminder this week that the PC versions of Madden 22 and FIFA 22 will once again be based on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

FIFA fans were particularly upset, because EA Sports announced a new thing called “Hypermotion” for FIFA 22, which combines 11v11 motion capture of an actual game of football with machine learning to, in theory, completely change the way FIFA plays (we’ll see about that, of course, since sports game marketing features are usually more bark than bite).

The thing is, this is not new, nor is it exclusive to EA Sports games, and as long as our video game platforms evolve the way they currently do, things will likely stay this way.

This happened last year with FIFA and Madden. And NBA 2K, which also had a fancier next-gen version on PS5 and Xbox Series X, while the PC got a last-gen port. And it happened last generation, as we can see from this PC Gamer story from 2013:

When they do, like last year, it’s because...it’s a legitimate reason! Here’s executive producer Aaron McHardy talking to Eurogamer about FIFA 21:

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.

The type of PC gamer who goes on forums to complain about specs and versions and updates is usually a very PC gamer, and while I don’t want to paint with too broad a brushstroke here, that’s also a community that tends to not always understand the main market for sports video games, as we can see here with this chat from a Reddit post about the news:

You know how there are loads of people who only play FFXIV, or WoW, or Destiny, or League of Legends? Yeah, this is just like that, with LoL and WoW in particular being great examples, since they’re also huge games that have held back on technological improvements for the sake of a wider install size.

While some PC gamers might be able to play a fully fleshed-out next-gen version, many can’t, and it would be suicide for EA or 2K to make that jump so quickly and cut out so much of their intended audience. That’s why the last two generations have waited at least two years before the PC versions caught up to consoles, and why that’s now happening all over again.

EA's decision to make FIFA 22 on PC the last-gen version isn't going down well

Eurogamer.net 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

EA is facing a backlash over its decision to make FIFA 22 on PC the last-gen version of the game.

Fans have criticised the move, which was confirmed last night when EA unveiled the game alongside its debut trailer, below.

FIFA 22 has what EA calls "HyperMotion" gameplay, which combines machine learning with 11v11 motion capture to improve how players move during a match.

Here's the official blurb on the motion capture:

"Xsens suits record every touch, tackle, sprint and duel from all 22 players playing at high intensity for the first time ever, capturing data that powers over 4000 new animations in FIFA 22 to raise the footballing intensity, responsiveness, and physicality of every player in the game."

"A cutting-edge proprietary machine learning algorithm learns from over 8.7 million frames of advanced match capture, then writes new animations in real time to create organic football realism across a variety of interactions on the pitch."

That all sounds pretty cool - and potentially positive for the way FIFA plays - but it comes with a caveat: HyperMotion gameplay is only on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and Stadia. That leaves out PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (and Switch, but I don't think anyone was expecting anything other than a by-the-numbers legacy edition for Nintendo's console this year).

While EA will no doubt argue the PS4 and Xbox One do not have the power for FIFA 22's new gameplay tech, I've seen plenty of criticism about this decision from PC gamers across social media and the usual FIFA discussion forums.

"It is so disappointing," wrote Desmund977 on reddit, summing up the mood. "Yeah it's probably just a marketing gimmick but the fact that PC will have last-gen again is unfair."

For some, the news comes as no surprise. In November, EA told Eurogamer FIFA 21 on PC did not get the next-gen features that came to the game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S in order to keep the game's minimum specs down.

Executive producer Aaron McHardy said EA took the decision to keep the PC minimum specs down, "so that we can open the doors and be inclusive to everybody who wants to play FIFA."

"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," McHardy said.

"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."

Back in June 2020, when it emerged EA had decided to make FIFA 21 on PC the same as the PS4 and Xbox One version without explanation, we speculated it was a business decision based on likely data that suggested the bulk of PC FIFA users were probably playing on an old, or medium-power PC, and the need to prioritise development resources. I suspect it's similar reasoning for making FIFA 22 the last-gen version, too.

FIFA on PC lagged behind the console versions when it came to features and even the game engine itself during the early years of the last decade. It wasn't until the release of FIFA 15 in 2014 that the PC version used all the EA Sports Ignite engine bells and whistles that were present on PS4 and Xbox One.

Even before then, for a number of years the PC version of the massive-selling series lacked the features found in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version, although parity was achieved with FIFA 12. Now, of course, all versions of FIFA use the Frostbite engine.

When will PC catch up with PS5 and Xbox Series X and S? Perhaps PC gamers will have to wait until FIFA 2023 comes out next year. Until then, there's always Stadia.

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FIFA 22 - Official Reveal Trailer

IGN 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

FIFA 22's Next-Gen Upgrade Comes at a Hefty Cost - IGN

IGN 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

Eurogamer spotted the information in a new Dual Entitlement FAQ listed on EA's website, where it outlines players' eligibility for the next-gen upgrade. "Dual Entitlement is only available with the purchase of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition," it reads on the site. "The Standard Edition of FIFA 22 does not include Dual Entitlement."

Therefore, in order to qualify for the free upgrade, players must shell out $99.99 USD/£89.99 for the Ultimate Edition of the game rather than $59.99 USD/£59.99 for the Standard Edition. This also means that if someone purchases FIFA 22's Standard Edition on PS4 and later upgrades to PS5, they would then need to purchase the PS5 version of the game to play.

This marks a different strategy to last year's game, when Dual Entitlement was offered to owners of all versions of FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In that instance, a next-gen version of FIFA 21 was available at no additional cost if someone purchased a PS5 or Xbox Series X/Xbox Series S at a later date.

If you're an EA Play member, you'll score an automatic 10% discount against FIFA 22, which means the Ultimate Edition drops down to $89.99/£80.99. Fans who pre-order the Ultimate Edition by August 11 will also receive an untradeable FUT Heroes player item from December 1. To boot, this edition includes up to four days Early Access, FIFA points, and more.

EA announced that FIFA 22 will be released on October 1, 2021, and that Paris Saint-Germain's striker Kylian Mbappé will be its cover star. A gameplay video was also shared with fans to highlight FIFA 22's new HyperMotion Technology, which promises to deliver "the most realistic, fluid and responsive football experience for next-gen consoles and Stadia."

FIFA 22 will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC via Origin and Steam, and Google Stadia. FIFA 22 Legacy Edition will be released for Nintendo Switch owners.

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New Man City kit leaked in FIFA 22 reveal trailer

Manchester Evening News 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

Ahead of the club's official reveal, Manchester City's new 2021/22 home kit has been shown off early after being featured in the new FIFA 22 reveal trailer.

City have not yet officially revealed their new home kit ahead of the new 2021/22 Premier League season but last week the kit was apparently leaked online, showing a kit with a plainer design and a lighter sky blue colour, with white patches on the side.

And in the brand new FIFA 22 reveal trailer, which premiered on YouTube on Sunday, July 11, the new City kit is featured heavily in the video, which confirms that the previous 'leak' was correct.

The FIFA 22 reveal trailer features City midfielder Phil Foden scoring a goal against Chelsea in the new 2021/22 home kit, with the England international executing a perfect knee slide in celebration.

Foden is surrounded by City players like Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho in the video, all of whom are sporting the new City home kit.

Earlier in the trailer, Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic is shown scoring a goal against City. In the clip, the new City home goalkeeper kit is revealed, with Ederson diving in an attempt to thwart Pulisic's effort.

The new City home goalkeeper kit looks very similar to the 2020/21 home goalkeeper kit, which is predominantly green.

The FIFA 22 reveal trailer was shown off for the first time on YouTube on Sunday, July 11, 2021. The trailer features a number of world-class footballers re-imagined in the virtual world including Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son, Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior and of course, the FIFA 22 cover star Kylian Mbappe.

But the trailer also showed off a number of brand new features that fans can look forward to in FIFA 22, including big changes to gameplay, with a brand new technology called 'HyperMotion' that will be included on the next-gen version of FIFA 22, for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and Stadia.

“FIFA 22 offers millions of fans around the world a chance to engage with the sport they love in an unprecedented way,” said Nick Wlodyka, GM, EA SPORTS FIFA .

"Each player experiences FIFA in their own way but on-pitch gameplay is the unifying constant, so we’re excited to offer deep innovation there. HyperMotion elevates that even further on next-gen consoles and Stadia and completely changes the feel of the game”.

FIFA 22 will be released worldwide on October 1, 2021 on Xbox One, PS4, Stadia, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and PC. However, if you purchase the deluxe edition, players get four days early access, so they'll be able to play from September 27.

FIFA 22 Costs $70 on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S

GamingBolt 13 July, 2021 - 01:31am

EA Sports finally unveiled the first trailer for FIFA 22 and outlined a number of features that fans could expect. This includes the implementation of HyperMotion Technology for animation purposes. However, much like Battlefield 2042, fans will have to pay extra if they want to experience the game on current-gen consoles.

A quick look at the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store indicates that FIFA 22 will cost $70 on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. There is an upgrade option for those who want to play on PS4 and Xbox One first via EA’s Dual Entitlement program. However, this is tied to the Ultimate Edition of the game, which costs $100 and includes current and previous gen version of FIFA 22.

Ultimate Team and Volta progress will carry over from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S and players can switch back and forth as needed. However, any progress made in co-op Seasons, Online Seasons, Pro Clubs and Career Mode won’t transfer over. Also, the Ultimate Edition is only available digitally. But hey, at least that sweet HyperMotion Technology is exclusive to Xbox Series X/S and PS5. That has to count for something.

FIFA 22 is out on October 1st for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC and Google Stadia on October 1st. There will also be a FIFA 22 Legacy Edition available on Switch.

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How to complete July's 12 85+ Player Pick SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team | Dot Esports

Dot Esports 12 July, 2021 - 03:05pm

EA Sports introduced a new 85+ Player Pick today to the squad-building challenge (SBC) menu in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

This SBC will expire on Thursday, July 15, and is non-repeatable. Players who complete it will be rewarded with the option to choose one out of four cards that have at least an 85 overall. If you’re lucky, you can pack one of the 14 Summer Stars cards that are available in packs right now, such as the 99-rated version of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain and the 98-rated version of Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.

Given that this is a loot box, there are no guaranteed items. You can end up with a card that doesn’t fit the current meta in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team right now, where almost everyone can afford great players. If you’re interested in completing the 85+ Player Pick SBC, you’ll need to turn in an 84-rated squad with a minimum of 40 chemistry and at least one Inform or Team of the Season (TOTS) card. It costs around 120,000 FUT coins on any platform if you buy all the 11 players needed for the solution.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete July’s 12 85+ Player Pick SBC right now, according to FUTBIN, a website that specializes in FIFA.

How to complete FOF Summer Stars Dolberg SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team | Dot Esports

Dot Esports 12 July, 2021 - 02:32pm

EA Sports added a 90-rated Festival of FUTball (FOF) Summer Stars version of Kasper Dolberg from Nice to FIFA 21 on Saturday, July 10. This item is available through the squad-building challenge (SBC) menu in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

This is Dolberg’s first special card in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team. The FOF Summer Stars celebrates some of the best national team performances since the start of the FOF promo.

EA greatly boosted all of Dolberg’s skills, including Pace (+20), Passing (+19), Shooting (+16), Dribbling (+16), Physical (+16), and his Defending (+15), when you compare this new card to his 79-rated gold version.

He has generally good stats with only a low 44-rated Defending. He also has four-star skill moves and weak foot. If you apply the engine chemistry style, you’ll increase his Pace (+4), Dribbling (+4), and Passing (+4), which will maximize several of his skills, such as Sprint Speed, Vision, and Curve.

This SBC costs around 76,400 FUT coins on PlayStation, 83,350 on Xbox, and is a bit more expensive on PC (94,800 FUT coins). This card is fairly priced considering his stats and the strong links he can make with amazing cards, such as 88-rated What If Lees-Melou, 87-rated FUT Birthday Atal, and other legendary players from Denmark.

If you’re interested in completing this SBC, you’ll have to turn in just an 84-rated squad with 80 chemistry minimum and at least one player from Ligue 1. You’ll have until July 16 to complete these squads and get this FOF Summer Stars Dolberg.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete FOF Summer Stars Kasper Dolberg SBC right now, according to FUTBIN, a website that specializes in FIFA content:

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