If you want to waste no time getting onto EA FC 24, you will undoubtedly want to pre-load the game.

Pre-loading the game means all the files will already be downloaded when it’s time for release, getting you onto the virtual pitch in no time.

If you are wondering when you can pre-load EA FC 24, you are in the right place, so let’s dive into when you can do so.

EA FC 24 Pre-Load Times & Dates

PS4 & PS5

Pre-load for EA FC 24 on PlayStation consoles is expected to go live on September 19, 2023 at the following time:

  • PT: 9 PM

Meanwhile, it is expected to go live on September 20, 2023, at these times:

  • ET: 12 AM
  • BST: 5 AM
  • CET: 6 AM

While these times are not confirmed, the console does state the “expected auto-download date” is set for September 20, 2023, for those in the UK.

Additionally, the times listed above have been the regular pre-load times for past FIFA titles.

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Pre-load for EA FC 24 is already live for all players on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, allowing them to get their install ready for release.

Like previous releases, this went live earlier in September.


Pre-load on PC is now available for players, letting them install the game in preparation for launch.

Pre-load for PC went live on the EA app and Steam on September 14, 2023.

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How to Pre-Load EA FC 24 on All Platforms

Here is how you can pre-load EA FC 24 on all platforms:

  • PC
    • Open the EA FC 24 application from the EA App or Steam.
    • If you haven’t already, pre-order the game.
    • If the game is pre-ordered, you will notice the “Download” option instead of the pre-order button.
    • Click on the “Download” option to initiate the download.
    • Wait for the download to finish.
    • After the game’s launch, the game will automatically unlock, allowing you to start playing EA FC 24 immediately.
  • PS4 & PS5
    • Go to the PS Store and search for EA FC 24.
    • If you haven’t already, pre-order the game.
    • Once pre-ordered, you will see a timer instead of the game’s price.
    • Select the timer to bring up the pre-load screen.
    • Select the game and click “OK.”
    • The game will now auto-download on the date shown on the screen.
    • When the game releases, you can hop straight into EA FC 24.
  • Xbox One & Xbox Series X/S
    • Go to the EA FC 24 product page.
    • Pre-order EA FC 24.
    • After pre-ordering, you’ll have the option to start the game download immediately.
      • However, please note that EA FC 24 will remain locked until its official release date.
    • Click on “Download” and wait for the download process to complete.
    • Once EA FC 24 is officially released, you’ll be able to play the game.

It is worth noting that a day-one patch is possible, meaning you may have to install another file to access online features.

EA FC 24 Jude Bellingham
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