It is just days away from the official launch of the next-gen Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 consoles, and a lot of questions remain regarding what games made for current gen will get as far as face-lifting for the next gen systems. There has been a lot of emphasis placed on the backwards compatibility of both Xbox and Sony’s latest and greatest, but these blanket assurances leave a lot to the imagination. To help address some of these questions, EA Games released Next-Gen information to regarding the backwards compatibility of a number of its biggest and newest titles, and what players can expect to experience from these backwards-compatible titles.
The crawl toward the next-gen launch dates has ground on at a seemingly glacial pace through these past several months. However, game developers have not held back releasing new titles for current-gen consoles, with many providing assurances that there games would be backwards compatible or grant access for gamers to the next-gen versions of the title (once released) to entice users to not hold back on exchanging their hard-earned cash for new titles. In today’s release, EA has provided a good bit of details on both recent and past releases, as well as some titles which will be released shortly after the next-gens launch.
Madden NFL 21, FIFA 21 Next-Gen Versions
Both set to launch for next-gen on Dec. 4th, EA Games Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 are anticipated to be the best of these two sports game franchises have to offer, with EA Games stating they “are set to deliver their most immersive and authentic experiences yet” from these two titles on the next-gen. EA Games is assuring its customers that if purchased for the current gen consoles, or had previously bought either of these titles, all new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S owners will automatically be eligible to receive- for free- the new next-gen version upon its release in December. In addition- the offer stands for anyone that purchase the Xbox One or PS4 version up to the release of Madden 22 and FIFA 22 next year, so gamers don’t have to worry about missing the boat on this upgrade option if they can’t get their hands on a new console for a few weeks (or months.)
In related good news – all play progress as well as progress and content including the Ultimate Team, The Yard and Franchise modes in Madden, as well as progress and content in FIFA will transfer cross-generationally.
EA Also noted that among all of its EA Sports 21 major titles, including Madden NFL 21, NHL 21, UFC 4 and FIFA 21, each title can be expected to play just like they would run on their prior generation counterparts, with them each running on the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 the same way they would run on the Xbox One X | S and PlayStation 4 Pro, with improved load times and frame rates. However, EA Games did not indicate that NHL 21 and UFC 4 will have any next-gen versions coming as is the case with Madden 21 and FIFA 21.
Star Wars: Squadrons
The latest from EA Games in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Squadrons has been out for only a few weeks, and has been well received in general from fans and critics (Check out our own in-depth review.) EA Games announced that Motive, the game’s developer, created two different options for owners who move over to a next-gen console. One option provides for an enhanced visual experience with improved graphics quality, or alternately, with enhanced game performance. If selecting the visual experience is your choice, the game will run at 1440p / 60 FPS on the Xbox Series S, with enhancements to lighting modeling, and up to 2160p / 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X. Alternately, performance mode will run the game at the same 1440p / 2160 p resolutions (respectively) at 120 FPS. Also added are variable refresh rates, where a user’s TV supports this mode. Similarly, the PlayStation 5 version will run with improved lighting while running at the same resolution and refresh rates as the PS4 Pro.
The additional enhancements reportedly affect only graphics and performance, and will not preclude players from playing cross-platform between Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Apex Legends launched Season 7 on November 4th, and EA Games indicated that next-gen players will find that upon installing Apex onto their new consoles, they will be greeted with performance boosts with the game running up to 1440 p, depending on which next-gen console they are running it from. EA indicates that more “formal enhancements” are planned for next year. We assume that those enhancements would come with the Season 8 launch, and will also support cross play between all major platforms including PC versions, and Xbox/PlayStation current and next-gen consoles.
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered
The highly successful and award winning Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit has been remastered by Criterion and is due out on Nov 6th for for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. With the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S next week, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered will also be available for these consoles, as well as Nintendo Switch, will all versions supporting crossplay. As with the EA Sports titles, the next-gen console versions will run like they would on the comparable prior gen, but with likely performance enhancements.
Over the coming weeks, a lot of other current gen titles will be coming available for the next gen console with updates and enhancements. Keep checking back here for updates as we get them!