FIFA 21 crashes at launch? Try this useful fix

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  • Game crashes are exceptionally annoying, especially since it prevents you from playing at all.
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FIFA 21 fix crashes

A few players have reported on the official EA forums that they are having problems with FIFA 21.

It would seem that every time they launch the game, it simply crashes.

I have it on PC and every time i open the game i see the loading screen and then the game shuts down, can somenone give me any help? My PC is better that the recommended requirements for the game BTW.

EA support staff was quick to answer, and they gave a number of solutions that just might work.

These solutions, along with others, were included in this article that might help you bypass this issue if you are experiencing it as well.


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How do I fix FIFA 21 if it crashes at launch?

1. Update your device drivers

updated outdated drivers

There are plenty of ways you can update your Windows drivers:

  1. Use Windows Update
  2. Use the Device Manager
  3. Update the drivers from the manufacturer’s website
  4. Install dedicated driver downloading software

Additionally, you could try using a third-party driver updater or fixer to handle your problems, one like DriverFix.

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It works faster and it is more reliant than manually updating your device drivers, and you also know that it will also get the right driver for your hardware, and the latest version as well.

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2. Check if your PC meets FIFA 21’s minimum system requirements

Many players aren’t aware of FIFA 21’s minimum system requirements.

If you don’t know them either, head over to EA’s official website and check FIFA 21’s system requirements.

Check your own system requirements by performing a DxDiag.

Also, keep in mind that there was a mistake when posting the minimum system requirements for FIFA 21 on Steam, so make sure you visit the official Origin website to see the real system requirements.


 

3. Modify your FIFA 21’s files

  1. Go to the following folder:
    • C:\Users\USER\Documents\FIFA 21
  2. Open the FIFA setup file using a text editor such as Wordpad
  3. Find the line that says :
    • DIRECTX_SELECT = 0
  4. Change that line to:
    • DIRECTX_SELECT = 1FIFA 20 Crash change line
  5. Save it and then try launching FIFA 21 again.

Keep note that you are modifying your game files.

This may cause irreparable damage to your game‘s installation and you may need to download and install it all over again.


4. Launch FIFA 21 without having your controller plugged in

This step is pretty straightforward. Simply connect your controller to the PC after FIFA 21 has launched.

Also, make sure that you aren’t using any knock-off controllers, or any controller emulators since those too have caused problems with FIFA games in the past.


5. Set the game to the lowest possible settings, and run it again

If your PC‘s specs aren’t too far off from FIFA 21’s minimum requirements, you could try launching it with all the settings set to the lowest possible values.

While gameplay won’t be as enjoyable, you will at least see whether your old gaming PC is to blame or not.

6. Be patient and wait for a patch

EA is quick to solve many of the issues that appear at launch, even if it may take some time.

If none of the solutions mentioned above work, simply wait to see what future FIFA 21 patches will bring.


By following these steps, you should no longer be experiencing crashes when trying to load FIFA 21.

Let us know which of these steps you’ve followed by leaving us a message in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.