FIFA 23 Not Running Smooth on PC, How to Fix?

FIFA 23 is the latest football simulation video game by Electronic Arts which is the last installment under the FIFA franchise and the game will start a new journey with the new branding next year. Meanwhile, plenty of FIFA 23 players are reporting multiple issues or bugs with the gaming on the PC platform and the game not running smoothly on the PC is one of them. It’s performing quite badly since release.

PC version players are having several issues with the game launching, graphical glitches, low performance, and more which increases negative & mixed reviews on Steam. Now, if you’re one of the FIFA 23 PC players and experiencing the low-performance issue then make sure to follow this troubleshooting guide to fix it. Here we’ve shared a couple of possible workarounds for you that should help a lot.

FIFA 23 Not Running Smooth on PC, How to Fix?

FIFA 23 Not Running Smooth on PC, How to Fix?

Well, when it comes to the expected reasons behind FIFA 23 not running smoothly on your PC then the chances are high that somehow your PC configuration (hardware/software) is conflicting with the installed game files as well as the server to cause an issue. If in case, your PC specification doesn’t meet the recommended system requirements to run the game smoothly then you should upgrade it.

Whereas issues with an outdated graphics driver, an outdated game patch version, DirectX-related issues, monitor refresh rate-regarding issues, corrupted or missing game files, not using the dedicated graphics card on the PC, issues with the Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) system, not running the game application as an administrator, incorrect in-game settings, background running apps, etc can also be a reason.

1. Check System Requirements

First of all, you should check for the PC configuration whether it’s meeting the system requirements of the game or not. Sometimes the compatibility issue between the PC and the video game can cause crashes or low-performance issues a lot. If your PC build is low on specifications or becomes outdated then make sure to upgrade the specific hardware/software to make it compatible. We’ve mentioned the system requirements of the game below.

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Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 6600k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 570
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

Recommended Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700 or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

2. Run the game as an Administrator

If you’re not running your video game using an administrator privilege, then it may cause some issues with the game launching or startup crashing or low-performance or even the game not loading, etc. So, it’s better to simply run the game exe file as an administrator on your Windows computer to check if that fixes the problem or not. To do so:

  • Right-click on the FIFA 23 exe application on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.

  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

3. Update FIFA 23

We should also recommend you check for the game update manually at your end via the respective game client to ensure there is no outdated game version conflicting with the game launching. An outdated game patch version can trigger several potential issues that might trigger crashes, launching problems, lags, stutters, etc. To do this:

For Steam:

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Click on FIFA 23 from the left pane.
  • Steam will automatically search for the available update.
  • If there is an update available, click on Update.
  • Make sure to wait for some time until the update completes.
  • Once done, ensure to reboot the PC to apply changes.

For Epic Games Launcher:

  • Open the Epic Games Launcher > Head over to Library.
  • Now, click on the three dots icon next to FIFA 23.
  • Make sure the Auto Update option is turned on.
  • It should automatically install the available update of the game.

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For Origin:

  • Launch the Origin client on your computer.
  • Go to Library > Right-click on FIFA 23.
  • Select Check for Update > If available, proceed with the same.
  • It may take some time to complete the update.
  • Once done, you can reboot the PC to apply changes.

4. Update GPU Drivers

It seems that multiple affected players have reported the outdated graphics driver. If you’re also using the outdated graphics driver for a while then make sure to check for updates by following the steps below:

  • Press the Win+X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Now, click on Device Manager from the list > Double-click on Display adapters.
  • Right-click on the dedicated graphics card that’s active.

  • Next, select Update driver > Choose to Search automatically for drivers.
  • If there is an update available, the system will automatically download & install it.
  • Once done, restart the computer to apply changes.

If there is no update available for your GPU then you can go to the official graphics card website from the links below and search for the model of your graphics manually. Make sure to download and install the latest GPU driver for your model number as per the manufacturer.

5. Disable fullscreen optimizations

Sometimes turning off the fullscreen optimizations by the Windows system for your specific game application file should fix the compatibility issues for some PCs. Though it comes disabled by default, you should cross-check it to ensure that the fullscreen optimization isn’t enabled. To do this:

  • Open the Steam client > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on FIFA 23 > Click on Manage.
  • Click on Browse local files > Head over to the FIFA 23 installed folder.
  • Right-click on FIFA23.exe > Click on Properties.
  • Go to the Compatibility tab > Ensure to click on Disable fullscreen optimizations to checkmark it.
  • Once done, click on Apply and then OK to save changes.

6. Verify and Repair Game Files

If in case, your game files become corrupted or missing for some unexpected reasons then verifying and repairing the game files using the game launcher can help you a lot. To do this:

For Steam Client:

  • Launch Steam > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on FIFA 23 from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Properties > Go to Local Files.
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • You’ll have to wait for the process until it gets completed.
  • Once done, just restart your computer.

For Origin Client:

  • Launch the Origin client on your PC.
  • Head over to the My Game Library and locate FIFA 23.
  • Now, click on Settings (Gear icon) and select Repair.
  • Wait for the process to be completed.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes.

For Epic Games Launcher:

  • Open the Epic Games Launcher > Click on Library.
  • Click on the three-dots icon next to FIFA 23.
  • Click on Verify > Wait for the process to complete and restart the launcher.
  • It should resolve the FIFA 23 not running smoothly issue on the PC.

7. Update DirectX

Sometimes outdated DirectX versions can also trouble you a lot with PC games. It’s better to update the DirectX version manually to avoid glitches or lagging issues.

  • Go to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Steamworks Shared\_CommonRedist\DirectX folder path.
  • Next, run the DXSETUP.exe file to reinstall/update DirectX.
  • Once done, restart your computer to apply changes.

8. Disable Overlay Apps

According to some of the affected players, disabling the Steam overlay and Origin overlay on the Windows computer has helped them to easily fix the game not launching issue. As the in-game overlay app is always running in the background whenever you launch the game client, it’s quite possible to have issues with the processes or system resources.

For Origin Overlay:

  • Open the Origin client > Go to My Game Library.
  • Locate FIFA 23 > Click on Settings (Gear icon).
  • Choose Game Properties > Uncheck the box Enable Origin In-Game for FIFA 23.
  • Click on Save and launch the game again.

For Steam Overlay:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library.
  • Now, right-click on FIFA 23 > Select Properties.
  • Head over to the General section > Here just uncheck the Enable Steam Overlay checkbox.
  • Go back to Library > Re-open Squad to check for the not launching issue.

Disable Discord Overlay:

  • Open the Discord app > Click on the gear icon (Settings) at the bottom.
  • Select Overlay under App Settings > Turn on the Enable in-game overlay.
  • Click on Games > Select FIFA 23.
  • Make sure to turn off the Enable in-game overlay toggle.
  • Once done, reboot your PC to apply changes.

Disable Xbox Game Bar:

  • Press the Win+I keys to open Settings.
  • Now, click on Gaming > Go to Game Bar.
  • Turn Off the Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using the Game bar option.
  • Once done, save changes, and reboot the PC to apply changes.

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay:

  • Launch the Nvidia GeForce Experience app > Go to Settings.
  • Click on General > Disable the In-Game Overlay option.
  • Once done, restart the PC to apply changes.

9. Force Use the Dedicated GPU

It’s highly suggested to always use the dedicated (external) graphics card on your desktop for heavy games and applications so that you can get higher graphics performance all the time. To do that:

For Nvidia GPU:

  • Right-click on the blank desktop screen > Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Go to 3D Settings > Click on Manage 3D Settings.
  • Open Program Settings > Select FIFA 23 from the list.
  • Select the Preferred graphics processor for this program option from the list.
  • Once done, you can see it as High-Performance Nvidia Processor.
  • Make sure to save changes and reboot the PC.

For AMD GPU:

  • Right-click on the blank desktop screen > Open Radeon Settings.
  • Head over to Additional Settings > Go to Preferences.
  • Click on Power > Click on Switchable Graphics Application Settings.
  • Select FIFA 23 from the list. [If the game is not visible, select Add Application to include the game]
  • Once done, select High Performance from Graphics Settings.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes.

10. Close Unnecessary Background Tasks

It’s recommended to close all the unnecessary background running tasks on your system by following the steps below because the more system resources will be used the higher your system performance will drop. You may not notice it drastically when you face in-game lags, framerate drops, stutters, etc. But this method should be useful for you in many ways.

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.

End Task Manager

  • Click on Processes and check which task is consuming higher resources.
  • Just click on the particular process and select End Task to close it forcefully.
  • Make sure to do the same steps for each third-party app process that is consuming higher resources.
  • Once done, close Task Manager, and restart your PC.

11. Disable Antivirus and Firewall Program

  • Click on the Start menu > Type Control Panel and click on it.
  • Now, type firewall in the search box > Click on Windows Firewall.
  • From the left pane, click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Make sure to select Turn off Windows Firewall for the Private, Domain, and Public Network Settings.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes, and try checking the issue.

Now, you’ll have to disable the anti-virus protection (Windows Defender) as well by following the steps below:

  • Head over to Windows Settings > Privacy and Security.
  • Now, go to Windows Security > Virus & threat protection.
  • Click on Manage settings >Then turn off the Real-time Protection option.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

If in case, you’re using any third-party antivirus program then make sure to turn it off manually.

12. Launch the Game in Windowed Mode (Steam)

Try launching the game in Windowed display mode to check if that helps you or not. Sometimes a computer with an average hardware specification can cause several issues with the fullscreen display mode while running the game.

  • Open the Steam client and go to Library.
  • Right-click on FIFA 23 > Select Properties.
  • In the General section, click on Set Launch Options.
  • Next, copy & paste the following command-line argument:
 -windowed -noborder
  • Make sure to save changes and try running the game again to check if FIFA 23 launching properly or not.

13. Set Launch Options for Steam

Steam offers to set custom launch options for its users to individually run any game in the compatibility mode. You can try using the forced DirectX version to run the FIFA 23 game on the PC by following the steps below.

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library.
  • Right-click on FIFA 23 > Click on Properties.
  • From the Launch Options, type dx11 or dx12 in the box.
  • Once done, just run the FIFA 23 game to check for the issue.

14. Perform a Clean Boot

It’s also worth recommending performing a clean boot on the PC by following the steps below that can help to reduce the extra load from the system resources while booting the machine.

  • Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Now, type msconfig and hit Enter to open the System Configuration window.
  • Go to the Services tab > Enable the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.

  • Click on Disable all > Select Apply then OK to save changes.
  • Now, click on the Startup tab > Click on Open Task Manager.
  • Under the Startup tab from the Task Manager interface, click on the particular tasks which are enabled for startup boot > Click on Disable.
  • Make sure to select the high-impact startup programs and disable them one by one.
  • Once all is done, restart your PC to apply changes.
  • Finally, check whether the FIFA 23 not running smoothly on the PC issue is still bothering you or not.

15. Adjust In-Game Settings

There is another possibility that you have not correctly adjusted the in-game settings according to your PC configuration or gaming preference. It’s better to set the recommended game settings on the PC which can offer a visual appearance as well as a smoother gameplay experience. To do so:

  • Open the Steam client > Head over to Library.
  • Run FIFA 23 > Click on the Customise menu button.
  • Click on the Settings menu > Click on the Game Settings menu.
  • Select Display Configuration. > Here you should select the native display resolution as per the monitor.
  • Now, make sure to Turn Off Super Resolution and Hair Effects.
  • Then try reducing the Textures settings > You can also select the Windowed display mode to check for the issue.

16. Reinstall Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC)

Some of the affected FIFA 23 PC players have reported that uninstalling and reinstalling the Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) system manually did fix the bad performance issue for them. In some cases, the installed version of the Easy Anti-Cheat system might get missing or corrupted due to some unexpected reason which can eventually trouble you a lot with the gameplay. You can follow the steps below to reinstall it.

  • Open the Steam client on the PC > Go to Library.
  • Locate and right-click on FIFA 23 from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Manage > Click on Browse Local Files.
  • Double-click to open the _Installer folder.
  • Open the EAAntiCheat folder > Right-click on EAAntiCheatInstaller.exe.
  • Then click on Run as Administrator > If prompted, select Yes.
  • Click on the drop-down menu arrow > Select FIFA 23.
  • Click on the Uninstall button > Wait for it to delete.
  • Once done, close the game client, and reboot the PC to apply changes.
  • Press the Windows key to open the Start menu > Search for Steam.
  • Next, right-click on Steam > Select Run as Administrator.
  • Locate FIFA 23 and click on Play > If you get an error, click on the Reinstall AntiCheat button.
  • Once it’s done, launch FIFA 23, and check for the issue.

17. Reinstall FIFA 23

Last but not the least, if none of the methods worked for you then try reinstalling the FIFA 23 game to check if that helps you to fix the lagging or stuttering issue. To do so:

  • Click on the Start menu and search for Control Panel.
  • Open Control Panel > Click on Uninstall a Program.
  • Locate and right-click on FIFA 23 > Select Uninstall.
  • If prompted, click on Uninstall again to confirm.
  • Wait for the uninstallation process to complete. You can follow the on-screen instructions to do so.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot the PC to apply changes.
  • Finally, head over to the specific game launcher that you use (Steam or Origin or Epic Games Launcher) and reinstall FIFA 23.

That’s it, guys. We hope this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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