FIFA 21 update 1.09 improves online play, adds Playtime tool

EA Sports have dropped their newest patch for FIFA 21, which is now available to download and install across all platforms. You’ll need to install this latest version of the footie sequel in order to access online features.

FIFA 21 update 1.09 adds a couple of features to the game including an improvement in online gameplay responsiveness, showing a visual connection indicator.

Another interesting highlight is the activation of what EA Sports are calling the FIFA “Playtime” tool. This gives players a more in-depth breakdown of playtime statistics with options available to place limits on the number of matches you play a week, or how much money you’re spending on those FUT packs. It’s definitely a step in the right direction though there’s no telling just how many FIFA fans will use this new feature.

FIFA 21 Update 1.09 Patch Notes

Online Gameplay Responsiveness

  • Connection Monitoring is now available for all players.
    1. The setting to modify the feature is located within the Visual Settings of the Game Settings menu.
    2. To learn more, please check the article here.

– Added a new FIFA Game Data Center in Miami, Florida.

Learn more about Connection Monitoring and the FIFA Game Data Center in Miami.


  • Activated the FIFA Playtime tool which is designed to give players more insight and control over how they engage with FIFA.
    1. FIFA Playtime requires opting in, and this can be done by visiting the Playtime tile under the Customise tab of the FIFA Main Menu, or through the Settings menu on the FUT 21 Web App/FIFA 21 Companion App.

Learn more about FIFA Playtime.

Addressed the following issue:


  • When playing VOLTA Squads with player controlled teammates, only the Captain was gaining Objectives progress.

A next-gen upgrade for FIFA 21 will be available on December 4th for both PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. This will be available to everyone who currently owns a copy on PS4 and Xbox One, unlocking 60 FPS gameplay with improved visuals across the board and other bonus features such as enhanced haptics from the PS5 DualSense controller.

Aran reviewed FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4 back when it launched last month, scoring the game a solid 8 out of 10, praising its mix of game modes and attacking gameplay. Here are his closing thoughts:

On the pitch, FIFA 21 is an incremental improvement over FIFA 20, but doesn’t address some of the biggest issues with defending and the high-scoring matches this leads to. With Volta still missing a certain spark and Ultimate Team not really changing much, it’s the Football Manager-inspired Career mode that takes the biggest step forward. It’s still a good football game, but it feels like the real focus is on next-gen.

Source: FIFA Forums

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