EA explains next gen upgrades for Star Wars: Squadrons, Apex Legends, and more

Through backwards compatibility, EA is bringing a handful of its games to Xbox Series X and PS5 with extra benefits.

Much like Ubisoft before it, EA has provided a breakdown of how some of its current gen games will benefit from being played on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5.

To be more specific, in a post on the official website, it explains what upgrades you can expect when playing these games via backwards compatibility, since EA isn’t releasing separate next gen versions of some of them.

Firstly, Star Wars: Squadrons on Xbox Series X/S will offer you two options that prioritise either visuals or performance. The former will have a better lighting model and run up to 2160p at 60 frames per second on Xbox Series X and up to 1440p at 60fps on Xbox Series S.

The performance option offers up to 2160p at 120fps on the Xbox Series X and up to 1440p at 120fps on the Xbox Series S.

Things are much simpler on the PS5, which simply runs with improved lighting and the same resolution and framerate as when playing Squadrons on a PlayStation 4 Pro. EA adds that crossplay is still available when playing the game on next gen consoles.

It should be mentioned that, if you intend on playing Squadrons in VR on the PS5, you’ll need to use the free cable adapter that comes with the PS4 Camera, as the PS5’s camera doesn’t work with Sony’s VR headset.

Battle royale game Apex Legends will only be receiving a performance boost of up to 1440p when played on the new consoles. However, it will continue to support crossplay and EA says that more enhancements are planned for next year.

The Sims 4 and all of its expansion packs will simply have improved framerates and faster loading times, but EA also mentions that a new expansion called Snowy Escape will arrive on November 13 for all available platforms.

Described as having a Japanese-inspired world, it will feature a bathhouse and activities like skiing, snowboarding, and rock climbing.

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, which is releasing today, won’t have much in the way of new upgrades.

In fact, EA only writes that it will run on the Xbox Series X like it does on the Xbox One X, on the Xbox Series S like the Xbox One S, and on the PS5 like the PS4 Pro.

The same applies for EA’s current sports titles – FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21, NHL 21, and EA Sports UFC 4 – all of which will also feature improved loading times and framerates.

EA does reiterate that FIFA 21 and Madden 21 will receive separate next gen releases too and anyone who bought the game on Xbox One or PS4 is entitled to a free upgrade when they release on December 4, with the option to carry over any progress made.

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