We’re nearly there!

Just seven more days until the next-gen arrives and we can start calling it the “current-gen.” I’m going to milk the phrase “next-gen” as often as I can, so look forward to that in the next week or so. EA knows we’re pretty much at the gates of next-gen (got ya) too, so they’ve shared their next-gen (got ya again) plans with the world today. Here’s a rundown.

EA Sports are coming back according to the publisher, who notes that UFC 4, NHL 21, Madden 21 and FIFA 21 will run like they do on either Xbox One X or a PS4 Pro for now; while Madden and FIFA will get “next-gen upgrades” on December 4 for free. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, despite coming out so close to the generational leap, will also follow a similar path of running “like the Xbox One X or the PS4 Pro.”

Sims 4, however, will get “faster loading and smoother framerates” on next-gen systems. Apex Legends will run at 1440p on next-gen systems, with “more formal enhancements planned for next year.” Star Wars Squadrons will also see an upgrade, running at 2160p and 60 FPS on Series X with the “visual quality” setting and 2160p and 120 FPS on the “performance” setting. PS5 statistics for Squadrons were not provided, though it will “run with improved lighting and the same resolution and framerate as the PS4 Pro.”

It feels like a lot of publishers are giving us this news down to the wire. The disparate nature of some of the numbers here when comparing the Series X and the PS5 really remind me of the launch of the last console era: where Microsoft was clowned on for having slightly lower resolution. The cycle will continue, I guess.

Backward Compatibility [EA]

EA shares next-gen upgrade plans, including better visuals for Star Wars: Squadrons on Series X compared to PS5 screenshot

Source: Destructoid EA shares next-gen upgrade plans, including better visuals for Star Wars: Squadrons on Series X compared to PS5