Posting on the EA forums, a UK staffer for the publisher has claimed that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of FIFA 09 are “different” to the PC SKU as the huge majority of home computers simply wouldn’t be able to play them. Full thing:
The PC version of FIFA 09 is different to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions because of the CPU processing power required for the architecture of the game.
The majority of gamer’s PC’s do not have enough CPU processing power for this architecture, so FIFA09 on PC has been built to have the best possible graphics and gameplay engine while still being accessible to as many fans of the game as possible. If the architecture was identical to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, FIFA09 on PC would only be accessible to 1-3% of the PC systems on the market.
Having said that, FIFA09 on PC delivers a very deep gameplay engine, along with leading-edge visuals.
So there you have it. Want the best looking FIFA? Buy yourself a nice console.