FIFA PC players have low spec machines, EA Sports boss says

Tuesday, 18th June 2013 04:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The majority of PC gamers interested in playing FIFA games aren’t running high-end machines, according to EA Sports boss Andrew Wilson.

Speaking to Polygon, Wilson said the low spec PCs of FIFA fans are a barrier to the new Ignite Engine making its way to more than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. FIFA 11, he said, is a perfect example of a console game which could not run on the PCs of the people who wanted it.

“Even though there were some PCs on the marketplace that could run that engine, the lion’s share of PCs on the marketplace could not,” he said.

“And the majority of the gamer base that was playing the game on PC did not have a PC spec that would work with that.”

Apparently that situation still holds true today, and it may quite some time before EA brings its newest engine to PC; Ignite designed around next-gen console hardware, and the average spec of the kind of PC gamers who want to play PC would have to rise.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The Ignite Engine will be used in next-gen EA Sports titles like FIFA, Madden, UFC and NBA Live.



  1. DSB

    Just put your sourcecode on reddit and it will be done within the week.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stardog

    Less people buying FIFA. Fine by me.

    PES’s next-gen engine will be on PC.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ayman03

    we are going down this road is not true
    the game doesn’t even look that good on new consoles.It is a lie the same lie they used before

    #3 2 years ago

    So MS are wrong for excluding a large chunk of their customers who don’t have online, but EA are wrong for not excluding the majority of their customers who don’t have a high spec PC?

    Interesting ‘logic’, there…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ayman03

    no, the PC version is scalable in its graphic options

    #5 2 years ago

    But what’s the point of going to all of the trouble of developing a brand new PC version, using the new engine, if “the lion’s share” of your customers won’t see any difference from the last version?

    They’ll probably be playing with all settings on low/minimum, anyway, so why take funds out of your budget for the hardcore, tiny minority?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    This shows that EAs spyware – Origin clearly isnt working properly or EA are about to jump on the PC Excuse bandwagon.

    Considering that the majority of EAs PC base probably play The Sims, therefore on laptops or outdated PCs.

    Then, he makes this sweeping statement without qualifying what a ‘low spec’ PC is. Either way, a low spec PC still has more power than an XBOX 1 or PS4 and lets not forget EA, your 64 player demo of BF4 was ALL PC lead. End of story.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. lubu

    but why they release crysis 3 on PC with DX11 only ? and i know this is EA Sports talk not EA but the publisher still the same

    #8 2 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    Probably because EA is so big that no one talks to each other, as they all battle with their egos to fight for media coverage.

    Or, this could read that no one buys FIFA on the PC because its shit, no one buys FIFA Manager on the PC because its shit and our shit engine isnt powerful enough to run on a PC.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    THats Crytek. They aren’t owned by EA, only published by them. They did the similar thing with all PC releases this gen.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. MFBB

    But he is right with the PC specs, thats not some marketing crap.

    You can always see it for example at the steam surveys.

    Like 3-7% of the users have good gaming PCs.
    The rest has medium/bad ones.

    With graphic options it should be possible to turn it down a lot.

    But who knows whats up with that new engine.

    Fifa Manager sells very well on PC always topping the charts and so does the normal Fifa game on PC (not in America, but the rest of the world loves it).

    Most played sport in the world, most watched sport in the world, humans number 1 sport :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. GrimRita

    @11 just because it tops the charts, doesnt mean it sells well. You can shift 10k units and still be number 1 depending on when your game is released and what else is out there.

    When you compare FIFA sales to say Football Manager, there is a huge difference and because EA didnt manage to buy up SIGames, they tried and failed to beat them at their own game – so out come the excuses.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. undermyrules

    @11 no one wants second class graphic fifa everyone want the best one…anyway EA making big mistake..thier funeral..Pes wins all the way this year by huge numbers probably.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. runbmp

    Last time I played a EA game (simcity 5), it was their servers who couldn’t keep up with two 7970′s.

    I think they need to worry about the basics, like having a working game with the intended functionality available. To this day, there’s still features not even activated…

    what a company… lol. This industry is in desperate need of new blood and open platforms.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. El_MUERkO

    Well they lost a sale. I don’t even have Origin installed anymore, the next I’ll likely buy from EA is UFC (PS4) and I’ll do it in a sale because fuck EA.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. viralshag

    Real ballers play on console anyway.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Max Payne

    Yes, lot of people have average system because there wasn’t a game that need lot of horse power.Beside BF3 for MP and maybe for Crysis 3.
    I played every game on my first generation i3 at 720p/60fps . That Includes Skyrim,Crysis 2/3 and every Assassin Creed game. Except for AC3 which is optimized as shit.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. lubu

    what about NFS Rivals and Battlefield 3&4 ?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. voxelman

    Considering that the fanbase of sports games is mostly casual gamers I can see that being true. I imagine there are a lot of people playing on work laptops and the like. It’s the same reason that they still release a version of Fifa on the PS2 each year, casual gamers are slow to adopt to new tech PC or Console.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. OwnedWhenStoned

    I don’t think I’ve ever played FIFA on my PC. Always on console.

    In fact it’s one of the three games I play on my PS3…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ps3fanboy

    This industry is in desperate need of new blood, these dicks in EA don’t cut it anymore.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    @11 That certainly used to be true, but if you take another look at the Steam hardware survey, it’s really not the case anymore.

    Roughly 40% have higher tier PCs while the remaining 60 are split between medium and low.

    Considering how big Steams userbase is, I’d say that’s actually pretty impressive.

    #22 2 years ago

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