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The PC version of the upcoming FIFA 22 will be missing certain features available on the latest generation

This year's iteration on the annual kickabout was unveiled over the weekend, FIFA 22 boasts what EA is calling "HyperMotion"—a new animation tech that, according to the official site, uses motion capture and machine learning to generate more believable animations in real-time.

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.

Now there is a new FIFA 22 PC activation limit on Steam, which would further discourage desktop players from buying the game.

FIFA 22 Device Limit On PC
It seems that EA has included another layer of DRM (Digital Rights Management) for FIFA 22. There has been no separate announcement from EA regarding the device limit but recently folks stumbled upon the official FIFA 22 Steam page which reads:

    “Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: EA on-line activation and Origin client software installation and background use required.1 machine activation limit”

They can take it as a joke this year as well. Executive producer Aaron McHard told Britain's Eurogamer that they had analyzed which version of FIFA 22 they should offer on computers. In this analysis, they took into account the hardware capabilities of FIFA series computer fans.

Prior to 2010, PC versions of FIFA were even further behind their console counterparts. Even so, as Eurogamer again points out, fans still aren't happy with the split, with one Redditor writing: "[HyperMotion] is probably just a marketing gimmick but the fact that PC will have last gen again is unfair."

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."

Another Letdown for FIFA 22 PC Players
As things stand, it does not look good for FIFA 22 PC players. First, it was missing out on the next-gen features of the game, and being limited to PS4 and Xbox One versions. And now there is a PC installation limit. These setbacks are definitely going to dampen the enthusiasm of PC gamers and EA does not seem to be bothered by any of it.

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