FIFA 22 players report poor optimisation for Xbox Series S

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
FIFA 22 is releasing on October 1st, but it might be worth holding off on that Series S edition of the game. Multiple reports (including from our own community) suggest that the game is in a poorly optimised state.


The video above by ElAnalistaDeBits captures footage of the two main issues. The first is that the game is incredibly blurry on the Series S (and Stadia), to the extent that players are having to go back to play on the Xbox One instead (despite missing Hypermotion). The second is that player faces are different and in some cases, not really looking very good at all. Other digital versions of players seem to have had a far worse fate than Allison, Messi, and Neymar.

Our own community has reported that some faces can't be bothered to make it to the pitch with the rest of their player's heads, while their bad looks have been reiterated on Reddit forums. Both the issues suggest that EA has poorly optimised the Series X version of the game for Series S. Online lag on Series S that is not present in the Series X version is a humongous issue for some, though there are fewer reports of this particular issue. Not just in the popular FUT mode, either, but in Pro Clubs, Volta, and Seasons. It seems like the FIFA 21 Series S version was in a similar state, and remained unpatched through the year.

An official EA thread is full of complaints. There are the same issues with no anti-aliasing and blurred or jagged edges around players. Apparently, menus on the S function at 30fps compared to the X's smooth 60fps. In the thread, EA community manager EA_Aljo responded in the following post:

"Hello, everyone. We're still investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as we have one. It's most definitely not being ignored. We're trying to get this resolved as quickly as we can. Thanks!"

Hopefully, this gets resolved soon for players on these systems. Let us know if you have been playing on Xbox Series S and have been experiencing issues below!

Thanks to Mince lfc and TheIrishBeast for the tip!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
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