The next generation of console hardware is just a week away. With new boxes next to your TV, it's good to know what can actually be played on them, and today Electronic Arts is clarifying how several of its big games are making the jump onto next-gen.
In a recent press release, EA is clarifying how its games will be getting a boost on the new consoles. That includes its sports titles, as well as games like Star Wars: Squadrons, The Sim 4, and Respawn's battle royale Apex Legends.
As already confirmed, both Madden and FIFA's 21 entries are getting next-gen versions. Both games have their own next-gen upgrade paths as well, though in the case of FIFA you might want to check the fine print on what progress can move over.
For other sports games, EA is relying on backward compatibility for each system. NHL 21 and EA Sports UFC 4 don't have next-gen plans at the moment, but they will still run on the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S through backward compatibility. The performance is expected to be similar to the PS4 Pro version on PS5, Xbox One X on the Series X, and One S on the Series S.
The same backward compatibility option applies to Star Wars: Squadrons, which will also have performance options for Xbox Series X and S. One will be a performance mode that pushes the space dogfighting up to 120 FPS, while the other keeps the action at 60 FPS with some improved lighting and visuals. PS5 will have improved lighting, with a similar resolution and framerate to the PS4 Pro version.
Apex Legends is planning on some "more formal enhancements" next year for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S, but next-gen players can expect a performance boost to 1440p in the meantime. You can read more about Respawn's next-gen plans in our recent interview here.
The Sims 4 and the recent remaster of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit will also be backward compatible. It seems like most of EA's recent games will be playable on next-gen with some nice boosts, though it will vary on which ones get new versions rather than backward compatible upgrades. Right now, just Madden and FIFA are making the official hop over.