PC FIFA 14 Will Be Previous-Gen Version

By Adam Smith on June 18th, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Pro Evo Soccer may have won next season’s foot-to-ball battle before it even begins. During an interview with Polygon, Andrew Wilson, executive vice president of EA Sports, revealed that the fancy new ball-jiggling mechanics of the Ignite engine will not be gracing the PC version of FIFA 14, which will instead be equivalent to the 360 and PS3 editions. Why? Well, PC conversion would be difficult because of the architecture of the next-gen consoles and “how the CPU, GPU and RAM work together in concert in that type of environment.” It’s like an abstract alien factory in there and the conversion wouldn’t be worthwhile because, Wilson claims, using the example of FIFA 11, “the majority of the gamer base that was playing the game on PC did not have a PC spec that would work with that”. Huh.

The last three FIFAs have played almost identically to their top-end console counterparts, although for the first few years of the 360 era, PC versions were tied to original Xbox and PS2 level tech. It looks like that’s going to be the case again, at least for a while. Wilson asked himself about the possibilities.

So could I see the potential for EA Sports Ignite to make it to PC in the future? Yes, I think it’s possible, but a couple of things need to happen. There needs to be some adjustment in terms of how EA Sports Ignite works to facilitate the open nature of PC architecture, rather than the closed nature of console architecture.

That’s EA’s job but you have a job as well. Yes, you! Upgrade your PC and stop lagging behind the power of the Nextest Generation. You’re letting the team down, you really are. Until the average hardware spec of PC FIFA fans is powerful enough to handle the splendour of Ignite, Wilson reckons that porting the engine across makes no business sense. It’s not clear how EA have identified the specification of every potential purchaser, or even if they’ve taken into account the number of PCs in the hands of consumers (loads) compared to the number of Xbones and PS4s (currently none).

I'm GUESSING it'll look something like this

EA Sports haven’t had a healthy relationship with the PC for a good while, so this isn’t particularly surprising. I can appreciate that consoles are the main market for the gather-round-the-telly sessions that are a strong part of FIFA’s appeal, but there’s an enormous NFL-shaped hole on PC and the ponderous playbook-sifting of Madden is surely as suited to the office chair as to the couch.

One thing’s for sure – I’ll be checking out PES instead of FIFA this year, for the first time in ages, because there’s very little point in buying what may effectively be FIFA 13 again, with all the names switched around. Whether they’ve successfully identified the size of the potential playerbase or not, this seems like a sure way for EA to shrink it. Hopefully 2K won’t follow suit with their splendid NBA franchise.

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79 Comments »

  1. subedii says:

    Not that I particularly care for FIFA games or anything…

    But at E3, those XBox One games people were showing off were showing off on PC’s. Not even dev kits, they were Windows 7 machines with Nvidia graphics cards.

  2. pupsikaso says:

    I’d like to see more from whatever survey EA conducted to conclude that their players on PC have crappy PCs. Because I still cannoth fathom who actually buys these kind of games for PC?

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Jeremy Smithins, well known miscreant of number 124b No Fixed Abode, bought it. He tried to run it on his Samsung microwave, and when the disc just slowly revolved while twinkling like fairy lights he called EA to complain.

    • HadToLogin says:

      They checked Steam Hardware Survey and noticed most PC players have maximum 2 core CPUs while having GPUs with less than 1 GB of RAM.

      • marach says:

        are you looking at the survey from 3+ years ago?
        4GB+ is now the average amount of ram
        about the only people without DX10 level GPU’s are laptop users with intel cores only…
        sure only about 46% have more than 2 cores but still that number is only going to increase now the next gen systems are out.

        • HadToLogin says:

          My mistake, didn’t put that V before RAM. Edited to make it clear.

      • 00000 says:

        I checked the Steam Hardware Survey and found out that only 1/3 of the listed GPU’s are equal or better then the XBO’s HD7770.

        If GPU’s are your point of reference then 3/4 of PC’s will in fact become obsolete. Although your better-then-average quad-core can perform on par with 8 Jaguar cores, quad-core penetration is only at 40%, so the numbers will be the same.

        If my impression of FIFA-players are correct then they are anything but PC Enthusiasts. Decimating your PC market by at least a factor 5 is a really bad investment. EA is correct for once. FIFA-players won’t have the PC hardware to run their new engine for years to come…

    • Grey Poupon says:

      There’s no survey, it’s called PR. They didn’t want PC to eat up future console sales so they’re releasing a bad port and probably later than the last gen console versions. That’s also why PC ports are usually announced quite a bit after the console versions have gone out.

      • cunningmunki says:

        Exactly. I wonder why anyone is even bothering trying to apply any kind of technological logic to this decision, when it’s blatantly just about selling more consoles. It’s EA, for burping out loud.

        Meanwhile, if anyone wants another reason to do some EA bashing, have you seen this?:

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22905191

        EA = Extremely Amiable

    • KDR_11k says:

      Whatever they used they also used it to conclude that cities in SimCity should not exceed 2x2km. Which is only four times the area available in the mobile phone version of Minecraft.

    • Syra says:

      The kinds of people who buy fifa, let alone on a pc, surely cannot be the sort of people with whom we affiliate, as discerning gamers.

      • Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

        Ah, RPS’ comic sense of smug superiority when it comes to football. Is it a class thing, perhaps?

        • cunningmunki says:

          I’m working class and I’m from Wigan, and I hate football and rugby. So no, it’s not a class thing.

          Actually, as you’ve probably guessed, I’m not ‘working’ class, really, since there’s no such thing. But the being from Wigan bit is true, and probably reason enough for anyone to consider themselves in a class above me.

        • Widthwood says:

          Gameplay doesn’t change much from release to release, sooo… It is safe to assume that those who YEARLY buy new fifas and nhls and nbas and whatnot are simply more of a sports fans, than games’ fans. And this is not a sports site.

          • jvjefke says:

            First of all they do change things. In football games, small changes often make a big diffrence in these type of games. But you don’t really notice that because you don’t play them.
            Second why can’t I be a ‘gamer’ if i also play fifa and nba2k games?
            Where is the logic in that?

  3. WoundedBum says:

    While this is annoying, I can imagine that a lot of people who play FIFA etc on PC would be those who don’t play a lot of other games and don’t really have their PC for gaming. I suppose having more graphics settings would make a difference, but baseline changes like AI etc. That said, for those of us who like FIFA and game a lot this is a bit of a ballache.

    • Misnomer says:

      I feel your pain. I just bought FIFA 13 this year on sale because I just wanted a sports game that wasn’t racing.

      Previously I had partaken in many EA Sports games like Madden and NHL, but those stopped being made for PC in the mid 2000s. My father was a big NASCAR racing fan on PC, that ended too. Luckily he can get his Tiger Woods experience on the Wii with motion better now, but it is generally annoying how few sports games exist on PC and the poor quality generally on Wii since the early launch titles.

      It does reek of exclusivity deals with Sony and MS, but I wouldn’t put it past a pure market assessment against the cost of all the licenses in these games.

      This is also one of those moments where it sucks more to be an American gamer. There is more of a PC market in Europe so across the pond gamers at least get the ports for sports you like more. In the U.S., EA owns the rights to almost everything and has decided PC isn’t a viable market for it.

      • WoundedBum says:

        Yeah, in fact this whole period is a bit arse if you’re a fan on sports on PC. I can think of FIFA, and 2K’s basketball game? Both good, but as you said, there’s barely any coverage on the PC. Oh, there is Rugby Challenge, which is good fun, but that’s hardly a popular sport for gaming. I suppose there is the management sims to, but I imagine to most they scratch a different itch.

    • cunningmunki says:

      Isn’t that a more accurate description of people who play Football Manager games? Or are they the same?

  4. idibusianuarius says:

    I think what this really says is that in addition to all those first world countries who love soccer, a good portion of soccer lovers are in South America or Africa and don’t have the same resources as we do. Just a thought. That said, I really do want an American football game for PC.

  5. kwyjibo says:

    FIFA is a mass market product, if you want to hit that market, you need low minimum specs.

    Look at the Steam Hardware Survey, and look at the Steam stats for most played games. Limiting yourself to “gamers” with next-gen equivalent rigs, when they don’t even care about your game, would have been a poor move.

    • Fhaarkas says:

      Thing is a bit of a catch-22 now. They don’t care because we don’t care because they don’t care, and this particular love story is probably fubar now. EA. Another victim of their own size and success.

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    Clavus says:

    It’s… somewhat understandable? FIFA 14 on the next-gen consoles practically has that next-gen hardware as MINIMUM requirements. If they’d release that for the PC, it’d go the route of the first Crysis where only the highest-end of rigs play it properly.

    Of course they could try and adapt the game to that… but since they already have a previous-gen version that works perfectly on current PC hardware they’re just taking the easy route.

  7. Moraven says:

    Had posted elsewhere to the topic:

    XBone has a ~HD 7790. PS4 ~7870

    Going off a hierarchy chart of power:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gam … 107-7.html

    and Steam survey information, you get 20.19%-21.5% of people, who use Steam, that have a equal or better than what is expected from the new consoles.
    (some cards have unlisted % due to having a small % [less than .3%], I have these cards at .1% to get a top range)

    Lets assume its easier to get more power from the consoles for your game (which is generally true) for less, then you would get less than 20% of Steam users who could play on the Ignite Engine. Probably due to the larger sports audience on consoles Ignite was not developed with scaling in mind. Unlike Frostbite which is made to scale and run on a wide range of PCs and will be used in more EA games, such as Dragon Age which has more appeal than Madden on the PC.

    Even if Ignite was made to scale well it really probably not worth EA’s investment due to selling so few copies. Even if someone else made a NHL or NFL game for the PC, I doubt it would be worth their time also due to how little they will sell. Sports game have a standard for graphic fidelity and a indie sports game really would not be fun unless they can output some good looking life like players that people want to play as. And who would want to play Madden with Mouse/Keyboard? Not every PC gamer has a controller yet.

    • Brun says:

      A lot of people buy sports games on their consoles because they make great party / get-together games, due to same-screen multiplayer.

      • ner0 says:

        A couple friends of mine were so hardcore at PES that they used to play it in same-screen multiplayer on a laptop whether they were at home, at a bar or even in the car. Talk about great get-together.

    • mrmalodor says:

      “and Steam survey information, you get 20.19%-21.5% of people, who use Steam, that have a equal or better than what is expected from the new consoles.”

      How did you calculate this number?

      • Moraven says:

        Taking all the cards equal or better than what is expected in the Xbone and PS4. 20.19% is the total % from all the cards in the survey that reside in that part of the hierarchy power chart. There were a fewnt that were less than .3% and not listed. I gave the missing cards .1% to get the top of the range.

    • DaHeinrich says:

      Just in terms of FLOPS, the 1.84tFLOPS of the PS4 GPU is closer to the 7850 than it is to the 7870. But yeah, I completely agree.

  8. Lego says:

    Well, fuck you too, EA.

  9. SuicideKing says:

    Yes, because virtual memory isn’t a thing on PCs and “next-gen” consoles are so fucking powerful? I bet my Core 2 Quad + GTX 560 could run circles around those damned things.

    Anyway, i don’t even play FIFA so the number of fucks i give about the game<=0.

    I'm just (even more) pissed at EA's attitude, frankly. It's like Microsoft's.

    • ShineDog says:

      Well, I don’t agree with their logic, but it’s always been the case that consoles punch vastly above their weight, in terms of specs.

      I’m sitting with a passable representation of Bioshock Infinte on the Xbox on the TV, and no, it’s not nearly as good as on my PC, but could I image, for a second, that game running passably on a PC specced similarly to a 360? Not for a second.

      And with the next gen? Just look at something like the big outdoor action scenes in the 60fps MGS5 video. I’m not so sure that your machine would run rings around that. Check out some of Digital Foundrys investigations, they would appear to agree, and I understand they are pretty well regarded.

      (Infinite is probably a bad example because it’s not actually the most intensive game, I dunno. Metro 2033 then.)

      • SuicideKing says:

        No, probably not. I’m CPU bottlenecked in a lot of games anyway. But my CPU dates to 2008. But, you’d think, optimizing for 4 weak x86 cores would alleviate that bottleneck, somewhat?

        Conversely, even the consoles won’t actually run anything above 30 fps @ 1080p, and at that resolution you get more GPU bound. And hey, Crysis 3 ran on PCs (not mine because i didn’t want to play it) but i can run Arma 3, i can run BF3 @ ultra pretty well (not the multiplayer, because CPU)…

        See thing is, last gen console ports are a bad benchmark to look at. I would assume these “next-gen” games would be more optimized. And anything that would bring a modern mid-range PC to its knees (read: sub-30 fps at 1080p) would do pretty much the same to the console.

        Anyway, will look at that Digital Foundry stuff you mentioned.

        But was the MGS5 vid running on the console? 60 fps video or 60 fps rendered frames? What resolution? Was anti-aliasing used? etc.

        EDIT: Reading, 60 fps @ 1080p…

        Well, couldn’t watch the vid (stopped after 10 seconds) because, you know, 512Kbps sucks. Anyway, i get the point. But was that on the console or the PC?

        And i can’t help but think that if it plays well on the console-PCs, it’ll play well on a PC-PC. I can’t think of any game from the last generation that was 60 fps on the consoles but wasn’t on my PC, unless it was just a bad port.

        So yeah. MGS @ 60fps ultra settings @ 1080p may be well out of reach of my PC, but then it’s got a 5 year old mid-range CPU (Q8400) paired with a 1.5 year old mid-range GPU.

        Given how much optimization the game has, it might actually manage pretty well.

        So yeah, i’m not buying EA’s argument, they’re just monopolistic and lazy from what i can see.

        Digital foundry can be inaccurate at times, they were proclaiming AMD CPUs to be the right choice for future proofing, because AMD APUs are in the console. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense because Jaguar isn’t based on Bulldozer or piledriver.

        • ShineDog says:

          Thats the thing though, you can optimize for consoles in a way thats not possible for PC. You know exactly what you’re getting, and more importantly (and this is just going from my basic understanding, feel feel to correct/elaborate someone) on a console there’s no need to go through the chunky layers of stuff that makes PCs behave alike, you can give much more direct instructions “which I keep seeing described as coding to the metal”

          If you look at the PS4 BF4 footage it’s clearly running at some pretty damn high settings, yet it’s a pretty modest PC in terms of specs. Hell, quite a few of the games on it look as good as anything I’ve seen. It’s pretty clearly going to be punching above it’s weight again, the consoles always do.

          That said, it still seems like a really weird decision to restrict the engine from the PC, even if only a few users have the mondo PC that can take advantage of it. What are graphics settings for, if nothing else?

          • SuicideKing says:

            Here, found this excellent workshop material on parallel computing, has a small section on parallel memory architectures, including UMA and NUMA (AMD calls the PS4 thing hUMA, heterogeneous uniform memory arch).

            Look at disadvantages, that’s been another concern of mine, but i wasn’t sure if it was actually valid before i read this.

        • Jazzyboy says:

          Well, they are selling the same APU that they’ve built for the Xbox One and PS4 seperately for the PC apparently, or at least an adapted version.

          • Widthwood says:

            But the majority of PC players use Intel’s and Nvidia’s graphic chips, so they will have to optimize for everyone.
            Actually, it is interesting to see how next gen cross platform titles will perform on Nvidias hardware, since even now some games vastly prefer Amd or Nvidia cards without any visible reason.

      • Apocalypse says:

        Funny enough, it seems like you actually can. Found a little video from some dude that plays it on ultra with a 8800gts and q6600.

        OK, that hardware is a “little” bit more powerful than a ps3 or xbox360, but it that 8800gt was released in the same month as the ps3. And ultra settings at full HD way more than you get at the ps3 version. Mind you, full hd = 2.1 megapixel, while 1280×720 demands just 0.92 megapixels to be rendered. In other words, that 8800gt maybe is about twice as fast as that 7800 based chip in the ps3, but the video shows bioshock with more than twice as much details.

        There are lots of other videos with even weaker hardware and still more than 720p ;-)

        Or in other words: If your system reach the minimal specs, you can expect to get better graphics than on a console ;-)

    • spectone says:

      Virtual memory makes games run slowly. So slowly they become unplayable. That is why games pre-load their assets because if you have to load from disk it takes a lot longer.

      If you want to see this effect for yourself. Load lots of memory hungry applications on a computer.

      • SuicideKing says:

        What?! All programs use virtual memory, OS sorts out what goes where, afaik.

  10. ShineyBlueShoes says:

    Wait, wasn’t the x86 architecture of the nearly off the shelf parts of the PS4 and Xone supposed to make this easier? OK, so you have to change where memory’s being addressed and I’m sure no one in your studio that would be porting it has ever worked on anything for a PC but still.

    • SuicideKing says:

      I’m not even sure that’s an excuse, you know. I mean, they still use virtual memory today on the PC and what i understand is that they mark what code runs on the GPU and whatever isn’t marked runs on the CPU.

      They’d still have to do that here. All the memory copying thing should be handled by the OS.

  11. EPIKujik says:

    PC FIFA 14 Will Be Previous-Gen Version….. and it will still look better than it will on XBone.

  12. alkonaut says:

    I can see how EA can’t market this for PC if at least 50% of PC’s can’t handle it on release day. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt this time.

    But in general: if the memory architecture of the new consoles is so different from a PC with a discrete graphics card, then the Xbone/PS4 are certainly *further* from a gaming PC than the X360 was, despite the move to x86.

    The idea of sharing cpu and gpu memory is a no brainer, and I expect to see the new medium-spec consoles actually run circles around much higher powered gaming PC’s with discrete graphics cards in many scenarios. Using the fact that the memory is unified they can do things that are impossible to do in a PC. But if they do that in their latest & greatest engine, it means the title can’t run without major changes on a gaming PC. Hopefully the engines will be able to use the (usually much higher specced) CPU’s of gaming PC’s to offload what would have to be GPU work in the consoles,

    I know some integrated graphics solutions already use some kind of unified memory, but when will we see high end graphics and cpu’s using the same ram? When will there be a motherboard socket for GPU’s?

    • SuicideKing says:

      I’m actually a bit skeptical. See, by unified memory, you’re only removing the bottleneck caused by having to copy data back and forth from memory. The actual processing is still done by relatively weaker parts (especially the CPU), so i’m not sure how much advantage the consoles are gaining by some saved memory bandwidth.

      Also consider that the Xbone doesn’t have too much bandwidth, and its cache is pretty small. Take a look at Iris Pro benchmarks, that’s a 128MB eDRAM cache and it still can’t do what a discrete GPU can for gaming (i mean, mid-range to high end).

      Then the PS4 will sacrifice some CPU performance because GDDR5 has much higher latency, and CPUs like low latency.

      Also, as far as coding is concerned, i can’t imagine how much different coding for unified memory is different from coding for unified virtual memory, because i’m assuming they’ll still be using virtual memory for consoles as well.

    • Apocalypse says:

      Just compare the elemental demo for ps4 and pc. Now say again “run circles around a pc” and do it with an honest face ;-)

      Either the epic games guys are complete retards in optimizing their game engine, or there is simply no huge performance gain and gpu that is supposed to be between 7850 and 7870 really brings the performance we suspect. But hey, at least it seems that there is no huge performance lose either, at least on the PS4. The xbone on the other hand has only ddr3 which is a huge handicap and its gpu is way slower.

      Fifa not coming to xbone either? It has half the shader performance of a ps4 iirc … and tv.

  13. analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

    Who cares, buy a season ticket and go watch football in the flesh, Ha’Way The Lads!!!

    Insert Joke in here!

    I actually whitnessed scouse humour last time they were in town. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Cmzvt549Y Sat below this in the North Stand and it put a smile on my face!!!

  14. Inglourious Badger says:

    Oh, not this nonsense again. The majority of PCs aren’t used for gaming (I know, crazy right?) so don’t base your system requirements on what the majority of PC owners currently have. The majority of PC owners aren’t your audience, it’s the ones who’ve got those nice shiny powerful PCs that actually buy the games you’re selling. Sigh. I’m only annoyed because I actually really enjoyed FIFA 13, still do. Hope that feeling lasts until 2016 or whenever it is EA deem it ‘worthwhile’ giving us the Ignite version.

  15. Tom Servo says:

    FIFA consistently outsells PES yet somehow PES can use their new engine on PC this year.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/04/pro-evolution-soccer-2014-powered-by-fox-engine-this-year/

    EA is a bunch of liars that consider all PC users to be criminals. They let the NHL series die on PC without ever even upgrading it past the PS2 version 3 years after the PS3 came out and then wondered why nobody bought it.

  16. RProxyOnly says:

    Would PC owners please prove they have something resembling a brain, and just not buy this.

  17. Jazzyboy says:

    This is ridiculous.

    Most PC gamers either already have upgraded from the popular 9800 or are upgrading soon.

    And besides, Skyrim’s proved that you don’t need to support those with lower specs. Those who actually have jobs make up an enourmous chunk of the userbase and provide more than enough profit.

  18. sabasNL says:

    Can’t blaim EA on this really. I’m actually surprised they make a PC port at all.

    I think alot of gamers nowadays have a PC ánd a console, it’s no longer pick-one-console like in the older days of gaming. People prefer to play FIFA on the couch, with their console. PCs are for different games.

  19. lord_strange says:

    I am one of the PC gamers who does prefer Fifa on the PC rather than on the console, and I’m very disappointed by this. Indeed, I’ve been playing Fifa on the PC since before there were consoles – since the mid-90s, in fact (Fifa 95 was loads of fun, hehe). Like many other series, if you go back far enough, its roots are on the PC. I’m pretty sure anyone who does actually think of themselves as a ‘PC gamer’ and likes Fifa would have bought the next-gen version and been able to run it, even if it meant turning down the graphics a notch or two. Sadly, I’m going to have to give 2014 on the PC a miss; I went through this in the last upgrade cycle and I’m not putting up with it again.

    • SuicideKing says:

      Hell, many people look for new games as an excuse to upgrade their PCs…Crysis 3, for example.

  20. johnnyboy101 says:

    I guess i am in the minority then.. I have a cutting edge PC – intel 2500k, 2x 7970, 32 gb ram, and a 512 gb SSD, and I play many sports games, many of which I have to suffer with old versions because the PC version is non existent or has crap support….this is nothing new

    virtua tennis 4 (no sequel since 2011)
    FIFA series – had to wait until FIFA 12 before we got graphics on par with the consoles, and now that will be outdated again… grrr
    Madden 08 – the last PC version made in 2008, kept current with community roster updates
    NHL 09 – last pc version available in 2009… again kept current with roster mods
    MLB 2K12 – no sequel for that one available, and in a cruel joke, the game stopped working for PC users after September 30, 2012, because of a game bug! It is a well documented issue that 2K refuse to patch out!

    I also play many other game types, but its a shame the way PC sports gamers have been treated these past few years…

  21. Caiman says:

    “how the CPU, GPU and RAM work together in concert in that type of environment.”

    It depends whether they’re playing jazz, rock, dub-step or nu-metal though. On the Xbone I’m guessing they’re playing dub-step, and it takes a special kind of hardware to get that to work in concert.

    Also, PR bullshit speak alert, awoooo, awoooo, awooo! Does anyone seriously believe this guy actually understands the words coming out of his mouth? Uh yeah, there’s this… like… stuff happening inside our Xbox which is like WAY more advanced than what the PC can do, it’s a synergy… yeah, that’s right, a synergistic relationship between the RAM and the blu-ray drive which means you can access a whole new level of cloud-based power, and that’s why we have to switch off PhysX options from the PC version of the game. Or was it because our AMD chips haven’t figured PhysX alternatives out yet, that was nVidia tech. No, just print that first bit Mr Journalist guy.

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    drewski says:

    They do this every time they bring out a new engine. Obviously whatever the sales are on PC don’t justify the cost of converting the new engine compared to the profits available from people buying the console version.

  23. tellrov says:

    “because there’s very little point in buying what may effectively be FIFA 13 again, with all the names switched around.”

    But it’s been like that for years already.

    • Banjo-Tuesday says:

      In terms of gameplay the PC version of FIFA 14 appears to have almost all the features of the Xbone/PS4 one.

  24. roryok says:

    After the scandal of the the Wii version of FIFA13 being just FIFA12 with some minor tweaks, this can hardly be surprising. EA are just trying the same trick with the PC now. The cover story is “compatibility”

  25. Sparkasaurusmex says:

    Hey be happy we’re getting previous-gen FIFA. That’s how Madden used to be…until they dropped PC completely.

  26. Ultraman1966 says:

    How can it harder to port? PS3 and Xbox are PowerPC-based but the new consoles (excluding Wii U of course) are also x86 so it would be far easier to port surely?

  27. TuneIntoCh0 says:

    Unfortunately, NBA 2K14 will most certainly be 360/PS3 based rather than the next gen title. It appears the PC version will be released at the same time the PS3 and 360 versions will be (early October), and we all know there is 0% chance the PC will see the new engine before the next gen consoles will. That would go down with the console cartel like a promising young biologist’s career after being hooked on meth.

    I don’t play FIFA but it’s still disappointing to see EA Sports confusingly half bother about PC. Their track record on PC from since around the time the 360 came out is littered with examples that just make you wonder why they even bothered for as long as they did, when they clearly didn’t want to.

    The real perplexing thing in all this is why entities like the NFL and NBA etc don’t insist that EA release on PC. If it wasn’t for Madden PC during the late 90s and early to mind 00s (it was hard to get a PAL console release where I am, so region free PC was the best option), I wouldn’t be the NFL fan I am today, and there are a lot of countries that these leagues are keen to expand interest into who are more likely to game on PC than anything else.

  28. BillyBantam says:

    Glad I saw this before I pre-ordered. I did promise myself after SimCity that I wouldn’t pre-order again, however the ultimate team (a great mode that Konami should really copy) bonuses looked too good to miss. Its a shame really, this years iteration was looking really good but whats the point if the engine doesn’t change. Will wait to see what PES is like when its released. Now just got to decide if I should order Battlefield 4 surely that couldn’t be risky…..wait…..oh I don’t know anymore!!!

  29. Chillmaster_Rob says:

    WOW. that’s really sh1tty. I’m disgusted with the entire situation in general. I realize that I can’t blame just EA, I realize that many developers are in the same situation. and they are going to face this problem with lots of different games.

    “Not enough PC gamers have the hardware to run this game” Yea, maybe you’re right. Lets be clear, though. I have more than enough hardware to run your games (Battlefield, Sim City, Fifa 13, etc.)

    I *was* in the process of pre-ordering Fifa 14 , when I found this article right before I hit order. Now I am upset and naturally I WILL NOT BE PURCHASING THIS GAME.

    I can’t add much more to this discussion – you guys have already covered most of the important parts. PC is faster than Xbox One, period. My PC is faster than Xbox One RIGHT NOW , AS IS, …. forget about how fast my PC will be by the time that Xbox One actually does launch.

    The PC market is the biggest of them all. The PC market includes hundreds of millions of systems worldwide. and if EA Sports doesn’t want to embrace the PC market? then, I’m done embracing their software. EA Sports software will not be purchased by me, … and I presume that many other gamers will not purchase a dumbed-down version of their favorite games to run on a high-end gaming machine.

    so, you’ve burned me once. and I’m not going to forget it. I will tell my friends about this (already re-tweeted and “like” this link on my facebook) but I’m not going to launch a whole campaign against EA Games/ Fifa 13.

    you just simply will not be getting my money. now or any time soon.

    Like many of the other gamers here have already said, because of my experience with Fifa 14? I am indeed having second thoughts about a pre-order for Battlefield 4 on PC. Is that going to be a dumbed-down console conversion, too?

  30. External says:

    I’m reading so much freaking bullshit her!!!
    Now i got fifa 13 for pc first and ps3 later and i absolutely loved it how they made the keyboard and mouse controls work on pc , the only thing i disliked was that you couldn’t use it in multiplayer and i hope they fix that for fifa 14.
    Now alot of people are saying that alot pc’s won’t be able to run fifa 14 due these next gen consoles .
    Well let me tell you this the next gen consoles will be using graphic cards from 3-4 years ago wich are so freaking outdated. And fifa 14 will also be playable on the ps3 + 360 wich means that they can put this next gen bullshit straight in there ass. Pc is and will allways be superior to the console’s . The people at EA are just to lazy or scared for cheating on pc ( cause hell if you see all the coingenerator programs that were made on fut 13 you’d go crazy) , simply said they don’t want to make another fifa engine just so the pc version will be more anti – hack secure.
    Now don’t get me wrong i’m not hating on EA , just saying for beeing the biggest game company out there they need to get there minds right . And just saying Fifa is a game wich generates alot of fps on the mosth shitty cards , just imagine on my gtx 680 i run fifa 13 while playing 4000+ fps so i certainly don’t want to hear anyone saying that shitty cards won’t be able to run Fifa 14 even my shitty laptap with a gt630m runs fifa 13 with 2600 fps while playing , and the max fps you need for a game to run smooth is 24 fps , but yeah i guess i’m just raging at myself her this forum.