Erling Haaland and Nico Schlotterbeck in FC 24
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EA FC 24 Preload, Unlock Times & Install Size Explained

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EA FC 24 will usher in a new era in EA Sports’ football simulation franchise, with the developers’ exclusivity partnership with FIFA, the world governing body, expiring in 2023. But when will EA FC 24 be available for preload, when will it unlock and how big is its install size?

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EA FC 24 Preload Times

  • PC – Preload Available Now
  • Xbox – Preload Available Now
  • Nintendo Switch – Preload Unavailable
  • PlayStation – Preloading Starts September 20th

You can begin preloading EA Sports FC 24 right now on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S if you’ve pre-ordered the game on these platforms already. Those playing on PS5 and PS4, however, will need to wait until September 20 to do so. This is typically the case on PlayStation consoles where the preload period only starts two days prior to the game’s official release date (or early access period).

For those playing on Nintendo Switch, unfortunately you’re unable to preload the game on the hybrid handheld console, so you’ll just have to wait until release date.

When Can You Start Playing FC 24?

The specific unlock time for FC 24 depends on the edition of the game you have pre-ordered. There are two versions, the Standard Edition and the Ultimate Edition. As you’d expect, the latter gives you early access; the former asks you to wait for its global release. Their specific unlock times are as follows:

  • FC 24 Ultimate Edition: 12am, Friday 22 September 2023
  • FC 24 Standard Edition: 12am, Friday 29 September 2023

The 12am unlock time will be relative to your local timezone. As a result, those in the western hemisphere will have to wait slightly longer for the game to become available to play.

Sam Kerr in FC24
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Those in New Zealand and Australia can look forward to getting their hands on FC 24 nice and early.

EA FC 24 Install Size

Preloading the game on PC has revealed that you’ll be looking at a 44.72 GB install on your storage drive for EA FC 24. It’s likely to be a similar size on both Xbox and PlayStation consoles, too, so we’d clear a minimum of 45 GB on your console just to be on the safe side.

There will be some variation depending on your platform, with Xbox, PS and PC versions typically varying slightly. We’ll be sure to update this page as and when we know how big FC 24 will be.

That’s everything on FC 24’s preload, unlock and install size. Be sure to stick with us for everything FIFA’s successor series, including how the Ultimate Team evolution feature will function.


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