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

Enlarge / The ball is the latest consoles. The player in blue is EA. The player in red is the PC. (credit: EA)

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.”

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