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Star Wars: Squadrons, Apex Legends and FIFA 21 next-gen upgrades detailed by EA

EA has outlined the next-gen upgrades across their titles for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, with a surprising amount of variation.
EA has detailed what improvements you can expect when booting up titles like Star Wars: Squadrons and Apex Legends on your next-gen consoles. 

While there’s few exclusive next-gen games to mess around with at launch, players will be able to try out current-gen titles with improved sheen thanks to backwards compatibility. 

For FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21, new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions are set to release on 4th December with added improvements - which are set to be detailed later this month. 

Those who have purchased current-gen versions of FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 will be entitled to a free upgrade for the next-gen version, although for the time being, they’ll be able to benefit from improved frame rate and load times in next-gen consoles. 

You can check out a breakdown of other improvements to EA titles below. 

Star Wars: Squadrons will have some improvements (Picture: EA)

Apex Legends

Apex Legends will receive a performance boost on the next-gen consoles at launch, bringing the resolution up to 1440p. More enhancements are set to come next year. 


Star Wars: Squadrons

For Xbox Series X/S, there’ll be two different options for an improved experience. You can choose improved visual quality, where it’ll run up to 1440p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series S and up to 2160p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X. If you choose performance improvements, you’ll benefit from 1440p at 120 FPS and up to 2160p and 120 FPS respectively. There’s also a variable refresh rate toggle for those who can support the feature. 

On PlayStation 5, there’ll simply be improved lighting, with the same frame rate and resolution as the PlayStation 4 Pro - which is oddly disappointing. 


The Sims 4

You’ll see improved load times and a smoother frame rate if you play the title on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, with all expansions carrying forward too. 


Need for Speed doesn't get any major improvements (Picture: EA) 

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered won’t have any improvements. On Xbox Series X, it’ll run like it’s on Xbox One X, Series S like an Xbox One S, while on a PS5, it’ll run like a PlayStation 4 Pro.


UFC 4, NHL 21, Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21

All four titles on Xbox Series X will run like they’re on Xbox One X, and on Xbox Series S, they’ll run like they’re on Xbox One S. On PlayStation 5, they’ll run like a PlayStation 4 Pro. They’ll also benefit from improved frame rates and load times.