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EA reveals PS5 and Xbox Series X game enhancements

Star Wars Squadrons, FIFA 21 and Apex Legends are among the games getting a next-gen boost from Electronic Arts.

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Star Wars Squadrons, EA Sports FIFA 21 and Apex Legends are among the games getting a next-gen boost from Electronic Arts.

In case you missed it, the next generation of video game consoles is just around the corner. There aren’t many new games to look forward to, but some you already have will get a boost.

Electronic Arts is the latest publisher to outline the improvements you can expect to see when you play some of their biggest franchises on a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.

Here’s a quick summary of what everyone’s favourite game maker has confirmed so far.

Apex Legends

There’s not much to say about the next-gen version of Respawn’s battle-royale jamboree just yet. The game is confirmed to run at 1440p on all next-gen platforms, with more improvements in the pipeline for 2021.

EA Sports FIFA 21

On PS5, the current-gen edition of FIFA 21 will look the same as it does on PlayStation 4 Pro. Likewise, the Xbox Series X version has parity with the Xbox One X release, and the Xbox Series S version is equal to the Xbox One S edition. Load times and frame rates will improve across the board. Of course, the good news for next-gen console owners is that the current-gen version of FIFA 21 can be upgraded for free via the EA Dual Entitlement programme from December 4, 2020.

Madden NFL 21

Madden NFL 21‘s improvements are in line with FIFA 21‘s, including the free next-gen upgrade path.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered

A next-gen upgrade to a current-gen upgrade of a last-gen game? Not quite. On Xbox Series X, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered will perform like it’s on an Xbox One X. The Xbox Series S it will run like the Xbox One S version. And on PS5?  Yep, it will run like the PlayStation 4 Pro version.

NHL 21

Again, visuals will have parity with current generation equivalents, but there isn’t a next-gen upgrade in the works.

The Sims 4

Not much to say here, but faster load times are promised on PlayStation 5.

Star Wars: Squadrons

Motive’s hit sci-fi shooter is getting two performance modes on Xbox Series X and S. Visual Quality mode adds improved lighting and runs at up to 1440p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series S and 2160p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X. Performance Mode displays the game at up to 1440p at 120 FPS and up to 2160p at 120 FPS respectively. Over on PS5, EA says the game will run with improved lighting but with the same visual fidelity as the current PlayStation 4 Pro version.

UFC 4

At the time of writing, EA has not confirmed any improvements for UFC 4, expect it to perform in line with Xbox One and PS4 consoles.


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