EA are addressing lag issues in the latest FIFA 19 update

It’s the 90th minute of a tense game, the scores are level at 1-1, you’re through on goal with only the keeper to beat. You compose yourself, take a deep breath, then…the connection goes tits up and you smash your shot three foot over the crossbar before smashing your controller up in anger. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Well, no more. Maybe.

EA has released a new update for FIFA 19, and this one is specifically addressing connection issues. The update is live right now on PC, with PS4 and Xbox One releases due “in the near future”.

Details of the update were announced in this blog post, where the FIFA Dev Team informed players that improving connection issues has been a major priority for them, and that they have “a dedicated group working on improving the experience”.  Apparently, the dev team found an issue where overall gameplay responsiveness in online matches could be negatively impacted by one player’s poor network connection, but that issue has now been fixed:

“This week’s change should improve the responsiveness of gameplay for many online matches. We identified an issue where overall gameplay responsiveness in online matches could be negatively impacted by one player’s poor network connection, which was not intended. So moving forward, gameplay responsiveness should rely on each player’s individual connection, and not those they are playing with or against.”

The changes are as follows:

  • Some improvements to the responsiveness of gameplay in situations where your opponent’s network connection may be experiencing packet loss or high latency.
    • This change applies to the following game modes:
      • FUT Champions
      • FUT Division Rivals
      • FUT Online Draft
      • FIFA Pro Clubs
      • FIFA Co-Op Seasons

What this effectively means is that if your connection is up to standard and isn’t being interrupted then you shouldn’t have a problem, as your opponents connection issues (if they have any) shouldn’t affect you. They’ll be having a dreadful experience, sure, but they should sort their connection out, shouldn’t they?

What remains to be seen is whether this actually works. Not that I’m cynical or anything, but I do remember the old days of PES4 and PES5 (yes, I know that was about 15 years ago) when several patches were released to sort out lag issues and did absolutely nothing. Let’s hope that isn’t the case with this update.

Chris is our resident FPS-obsessed football fanatic who, when not playing an FPS or FIFA, can probably be found spending the odd 100 hours or so building his perfect farm on Stardew Valley. Chris comes to you with a hint of cynicism and plenty of sarcasm.

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