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EA details next-gen updates for Star Wars: Squadrons, more

Next-gen consoles are almost here, and EA has provided a list of games that are getting next-gen enhancements.

EA has broken down which games will be upgraded and which will be backward compatible with next-gen systems

With backward compatibility on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, you’ll also be able to play a slew of EA games including Star Wars: Squadrons, UFC4,  NHL 21, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, The Sims 4 and its add-on packs, as well as Apex Legends.

Here’s a breakdown of the newest games and what you can expect next week when the console's launch.

Star Wars: Squadrons will feature two options for an improved experience on the Xbox Series X/S which you can choose between one for better visual quality and another for better performance.

If you choose improved visual quality, the game will have a better lighting model where it will run up to 1440p at 60fps on the Xbox Series S and up to 2160p at 60fps on the Xbox Series X.

If you choose the performance mode, the game will run up to 1440p at 120fps and up to 2160p at 120fps respectively. The game will also feature a Variable Refresh Rate on/off option for those of you with a TV that supports the feature.

Star Wars: Squadrons on PS5 will run with improved lighting, at the same resolution and framerate as on  PS4 Pro.

The game also features cross-platform play.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends players can expect a performance boost up to 1440p, with more formal enhancements planned for next year. The game will also support crossplay across PC via Origin and Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered players can take advantage of crossplay support. The game on the Xbox Series X will run like it’s on an Xbox One X and on the Xbox Series S, they’ll run like it’s on an Xbox One S. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered on the PlayStation 5 will run like it’s on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Sports games UFC 4, NHL 21, Madden NFL 21, and FIFA 21 are also backward compatible on the platforms.

All four games on the Xbox Series X will run as if on an Xbox One X and on the Xbox Series S, they will run like they do on Xbox One S.

On PS5, the games will run like on the PlayStation 4 Pro, with all three new platforms delivering improvements to load times as well as better framerates.

Next-gen owners will also be able to play The Sims 4 on next-gen.


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