Including Hot Pursuit Remastered and The Sims 4.
With the Xbox Series X / S and PS5 both set to begin their long-awaited journey into the wild next week, EA has detailed next-generation enhancements for titles. Its biggest current generation – including Apex Legends, Star Wars: Squadrons – passed backwards compatibility on launch date.
For example, Star Wars: Squadrons will support variable refresh rates and offer a choice between nicer visuals and better performance on Xbox Series X / S. Previous mode had an improved light model up and running up to 1440p at 60 fps on Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X boosts up to 2160p at 60 fps. Meanwhile, Performance Mode offers 1440p at 120 fps and up to 2160p at 120 fps respectively. PlayStation 5 will include improved lighting “at the same resolution and frame rate as on PS4 Pro”.
Next generation news is a bit of astonishment for Apex Legends, which will see “performance boost to 1440p”. However, EA notes that “more official improvements” for the Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5 are expected next year.
Next up was Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered; Xbox Series X versions are said to work “just like on Xbox One X” and Xbox Series S will run games “just like on Xbox One S”. Perhaps it’s not surprising that the PlayStation 5 will run it “just like on the PlayStation 4 Pro”.
In The Sims 4, the base game and all currently released packages will be available on Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5 with faster load times and smoother frame rates.
As for EA’s major sports titles – UFC 4, NHL 21, Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 – all four games will have improved load times and frame rates. EA also said they will be running “as if on Xbox One X” for Xbox Series X and “like running on Xbox One S” against Xbox Series S. Once again, PlayStation 5 will be able to compare with PlayStation 4 Pro.
EA also reiterated that players who bought or purchased Madden NFL 21 or FIFA 21 for Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be upgraded to an Xbox Series X / S or PS5 version at no additional charge upon release in May. 12. Progress and content in Madden NFL 21’s Ultimate Team, The Yard and Franchise modes will transfer between generations, just like in FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team and Volta Football.