EA details next-gen updates for ‘Star Wars Squadrons,’ ‘FIFA 21’ and more


The PS5 updates EA has planned for Star Wars: Squadrons are more modest. The PS5 will target the same resolution and frame rate as the PlayStation 4 Pro version currently does. EA hasn’t mentioned VRR or 120FPS support for PS5.

The situation for EA’s current lineup of sports titles is on the more complicated side. On December 4th, EA will release the next-gen versions of Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21. If you already own those on a current-generation console, you’ll get a free upgrade once they become available. In the meantime, you’ll be able to play Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21, as well as NHL 21 and UFC 4, through backward compatibility. On the Series X, you’ll get the same experience as you would on an Xbox One X. The Series S experience, meanwhile, will be comparable to playing the game on an Xbox One S, while the PS5 will run the game as if it were a PS4. In all three instances, the game will benefit from faster loading times.

EA’s battle royale Apex Legends will get “more formal enhancements” sometime next year. In the meantime, the company says you can “expect a performance boost up to 1440p.” As The Verge notes, the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro versions of Apex already target 1440p. So in practice what this upgrade means is that you’ll see the game dip to 1080p less frequently. Nothing too exciting, but appreciated nonetheless.

Sims fans can look forward to playing The Sims 4 and all of its many expansion packs on next-gen consoles with “faster loading times and smoother framerates.” Last but not least, there’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, which you’ll be able to play on the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 through backward compatibility. The same scheme that applies to EA Sports titles applies here. You’ll get an Xbox One X-like experience on Xbox Series X, Xbox One S-like experience on Xbox Series S and PlayStation 4 Pro-like experience on PS5.

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