Many of the biggest EA titles have already been released for the PS4 and Xbox One X, but if you’re thinking of upgrading to one of the next generation consoles coming out in November, the publisher is ready to tell you how it will work.
Whether you want to race the field in Madden 21 on PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, fly across the galaxy in Star Wars: Squadron, or view your Sims in The Sims 4, there will be many upgrades and details that will make your next-gen experience even better.
Here’s what fans can expect from some of EA’s most popular titles when the next-gen consoles are released later this month
Star Wars: Squadron
With Star Wars: Squadrons, the Motive team has created two different options for an enhanced gaming experience on the Xbox Series X|S, one for better visual quality and another for better performance. If the player chooses to fly through the galaxy with improved visual quality, the game has a better lighting model where the game runs up to 1440p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series S and up to 2160p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X. If the player chooses the power, the game runs up to 1440p at 120 FPS and up to 2160p at 120 FPS. Motive also added an option to turn the variable refresh rate on and off for players with a TV that supports this feature. Star Wars: Squadrons on the PlayStation 5 will run with improved lighting, at the same resolution and frame rate as on the PlayStation 4 Pro. And regardless of platform – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5 – you can compete with other pilots by playing across platforms.
Respawn Entertainment is bringing Apex Legends to new platforms this year, including the Xbox X|S series and PlayStation 5. This award-winning fighting game, which took the world by surprise last year, launched Season 7 – Ascension yesterday with its third card, Olympus, a new legend called Horizon, the introduction of vehicles and much more. Next-generation players can expect a performance boost up to 1440p, with further formal improvements planned for next year. Apex Legends will also support crossplay on the PC via Origin and Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.
The Sims 4
Since its release in 2014, The Sims 4 continues to add new content to the game, and the base game and all its packs, including Tiny Living, Eco Lifestyle, Nifty Knitting and Star Wars: Journey to Batuu, which will be released this year, will be available on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 with faster load times and smoother frame rates. The tenth expansion pack, Snowy Escape, will be available on November 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. It brings a Japanese-inspired world that offers a variety of activities for Sims, from relaxing in the Onsen Mountain Bathhouse to meditating on mindful walks and testing their limits in exciting and sometimes dangerous sports activities such as skiing, snowboarding and climbing.
EA SPORTS UFC 4, NHL 21, Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21
This year’s line-up of EA SPORTS titles is here for you, whether you’re an MMA, field hockey, soccer or soccer fan. All four games on the Xbox Series X will run like on an Xbox One X and on the Xbox Series S like on an Xbox One S. On PlayStation 5, games will run as on PlayStation 4 Pro, with all three new platforms offering improvements in load times and better frame rates. But remember, while you can play Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 when the new consoles are released next week, you’ll get a free upgrade to the next generation versions in December. 4.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered
Criterion’s 2010 award-winning game will reignite the hunt for the award-winning game tomorrow when it is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Next week, the game will be playable on the new consoles and Switch, all of which feature crossplay support. The game will run on the Xbox Series X like on an Xbox One X and on the Xbox Series S like on an Xbox One S. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered on the PlayStation 5 will run like on the PlayStation 4 Pro.
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