FIFA 21 Stadia will be out on March 17, 2021. This is part of the EA’s strategy that wants to make games available in as many platforms as possible. Remember that FIFA 21 will also be published for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, Origin and Steam.
FIFA 21 Stadia
A new platform to play FIFA
Electronic Arts and Google announced a partnership to launch five EA games on Stadia – Google’s cloud-based gaming platform. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ – the critically acclaimed single-player, third-person action-adventure Star Wars™ game from Respawn and EA – is scheduled to launch on Stadia by the end of this year. EA SPORTS™ FIFA and Madden NFL are scheduled to be available to players on Stadia this March, with more games to follow in 2021.
Stadia is Google’s new cloud-based gaming platform that revolutionizes the way gamers access, play and enjoy their favourite games. Stadia lets you play the latest video games instantly with one-click on TVs, laptops, desktops, and select tablets and phones. It is free to try, and anyone who signs up will get two free months of Stadia Pro with instant access to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper. With Stadia you can buy games that run at up to 1080p/60fps, or play with the Stadia Pro subscription that gives players access to play a selection of games up to 4K/60fps and HDR, along with free games to claim each month. Players can purchase even more games on the store, including EA games, which will remain theirs to play even without a Stadia Pro subscription. With Stadia, games will never require a download or updates, making it the most accessible platform ever. Stadia subscription service will cost USD $129 per year. A base version of Stadia service will be available soon for free trial in some regions.
During the press conference, the Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said: “Cloud is opening up exciting new possibilities for play. In partnering with Google Stadia, we have an opportunity to deliver some creative and innovative game experiences on an exciting new platform”. Harrison, GM and VP at Google, is also very excited with the agreement: “We’re thrilled to see some of Electronic Arts’ biggest hits come to the Stadia. I can’t wait to play EA SPORTS FIFA, Madden NFL, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on my favourite screens instantly with the simple click of a button”.
Frequently Asked Questions
FIFA 21 Stadia FAQ
When you play FIFA 21 Stadia, you’re streaming the title to your screen instead of running it directly from your device. It functions similarly to how you might stream an online video, except that you get to interact with the game of course. The FIFA 21 Stadia version has some specific differences when compared to its console and PC counterparts, so we’ve put together the answers to some of the most common questions.
Q: Where are FIFA 21 on Stadia Game Data Centers Located?
A: Note that due to the availability and streaming nature of Stadia, the following list of FIFA game data center locations is not the same one used for other versions of FIFA 21:
Europe, London, Frankfurt, Helsinki, North America, Council Bluffs, Portland, Los Angeles, Washington DC
Q: If I have FIFA 21 on another platform, can I carry my progress to Stadia?
A: This is not possible. While the FIFA 21 Stadia version is generally similar to the PC version of the game and shares some functionality, FIFA 21 Stadia is a separate version.
Q: Can I close Stadia and pick up from where I left off in FIFA 21?
A: If you close Stadia while running FIFA 21, and return to it before the platform closes the game, it is possible to continue playing from where you left off. Note that doing this will disconnect you from the EA Servers, so if you do it during an online match, you will be disconnected from it as well. If you close Stadia while in the menus of a mode that requires an online connection (FUT, VOLTA FOOTBALL, Pro Clubs, Online Seasons), you may be logged out of that mode and have to re-enter it.
Q: How does the FUT Transfer Market work on the Stadia version?
A: FIFA 21 on Stadia shares the FUT Transfer Market with the PC (Origin/Steam) version of FIFA 21.
Q: How do leaderboards work?
A: FUT leaderboards are shared between FIFA 21 on Stadia and PC (Origin/Steam), along with the Weekly Score brackets in Division Rivals, FUT Champions, and Squad Battles.
Q: Why don’t I see my ping in online match lobbies, and why is there no Connection Monitoring setting present?
A: Due to the streaming nature of Stadia, FIFA 21 does not display ping values and does not offer the Connection Monitoring setting found in other versions of the game.
The goal behind presenting this information on other platforms is to give players as much accurate information about their online experience as possible. Since Stadia streams the game footage to your display from varying distances, this information would not be accurate with its current implementation. Furthermore, the Connection Quality Report does not track FIFA 21 on Stadia matches because of this either.
Q: Is the Input Overlay setting found in other versions of FIFA 21 available on Stadia?
A: The Input Overlay setting is not present on the FIFA 21 version of Stadia due to the streaming nature of the platform.
When you are playing FIFA 21 Stadia, there is no physical hardware where you are playing the game that processes your inputs, and the knock-on effect of that is that a Stadia Input Overlay would not accurately display your inputs in its current implementation.
Q: Why does my game sometimes feel laggy and why does it freeze?
A: Since FIFA 21 is streamed on Stadia, like how you might stream a video to your phone, the performance of the game is typically related to your Connection Quality with Stadia. As a result, if your connection is experiencing issues or instability, your stream of FIFA 21 Stadia can reflect that.
Stadia recommends an internet connection with a speed of at least 10 megabits per second, but other factors, such as Wi-FI signal strength, can also impact your experience. Get more information about bandwidth, data usage, and stream quality requirements from Google Support.
Q: How does matchmaking generally work?
A: Matchmaking in FIFA 21 on Stadia follows the same factors as other versions of the game: your game’s location and your mode-corresponding skill indicator.
Keep in mind that your game’s location on Stadia is not the same as your personal location, since you’re streaming FIFA 21 into your place of play. The ranges on Stadia are larger in order to better accommodate the player base.