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FIFA 22 next-gen upgrade locked behind massive paywall

Fifa 22 punts up prices for last-gen players looking to upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S version of the game.

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Fifa 22 punts up prices for last-gen players looking to upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S version of the game.

FIFA is on the horizon once more with FIFA 22. Yet there is something different about the conditions surrounding this year’s release.

Last year, FIFA 21 was released before the launch of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S consoles and the next-gen upgrade was thrown in for free. For this year’s edition, EA has taken an odd approach to the upgrade path for those initially buying the game on PS4 and Xbox One – and it will set players back a fair amount.

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The £89.99 Ultimate Edition of FIFA 22 is the only version of the game that includes a next-gen upgrade.

Those unwilling to shell out for the Ultimate Edition will need to pay full price for the next-gen version should they decide to upgrade at a later date. And while the version on PS5 and Xbox Series does offer a boost of fidelity and frame rate – as well as EA’s new HyperMotion technology – paying full price once more is a hard sell for those upgrades.

With many big games like The Last of Us Part 2, Marvel’s Avengers, and Doom Eternal all receiving free next-gen upgrades, this choice from EA feels like a misfire. Even titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War offered a cross-gen bundle for an extra £10, so why the same couldn’t be done here remains unclear.

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Regardless of what edition you are shelling out for, FIFA 22 will launch later this year on October 1 across PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and PC.


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