Apex Legends Next-Gen Upgrades for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S Revealed

by in Apex Legends | Nov, 5th 2020

EA is the publisher of Apex Legends, as well as many other online multiplayer and singleplayer games. As such, the company finally revealed its next-generation plans for existing games that are already out. As part of this, the Apex Legends next-gen upgrades were finally revealed.

Apex Legends Next-Gen Upgrades Announced

Among the myriad of existing online games that EA went over today in its announcements for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, the Apex Legends next-gen upgrades were finally revealed for the new consoles and the game’s recently released Season 7.

We have been waiting for this for some time since it is the only major first-person shooter battle royale game left in the genre that hasn’t given us an idea of how it will work on the upcoming PS5, Xbox Series X, and S consoles.

With those systems just about to release in just about a week or less for both of them, it is high time that we find out some more info about the Apex Legends next-gen upgrades. It looks like there will be some upgrades at the launch of the new consoles, despite this short notice.

However, what players should keep in mind is that the Apex Legends next-gen upgrades are not much at all. It is very little that will change with the new platforms at launch. So, if you are lucky enough to get a new shiny system, you won’t find too many changes for now.

Only the Resolution Will Be Better

There is one main change that you will find with Apex Legends on the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles. All that is changing is that there is a significant performance boost for all three consoles to allow for the battle royale game to run nicely at 1440p in resolution.

This is pretty good news, but it is a half-step for sure, especially for those of you who are excited for the next generation of video games. 1440p is only marginally better than the full 1080p HD that we already have and isn’t the full 4K resolution that other games are known for.

So, if you want to take full advantage of the powerful new systems and the ability to make full use of your 4K TV (if you have one), you will have to wait a little bit longer. But this is excellent news for those of you who use the 1440p gaming monitors that are pretty popular.

However, that is mostly for PC users. It doesn’t affect the new consoles that much unless you like to hook it up to one of those snazzy gaming monitors. Though this is all that we know about for Apex Legends, there is more coming in the future.

More Substantial Next-Gen Upgrades Are Coming in 2021

EA revealed more Apex Legends next-gen upgrades coming to the battle royale game, but they aren’t coming until next year. These upgrades will be much more substantial and be the legit next-gen update that you would have expected right now.

No details were given about what we can look forward to from the upcoming next-gen upgrades for Apex Legends. Still, we can presume that it will boost the graphics to the full 4K resolution that you would expect at the very least, plus other possible changes.

We could likely see some frame rate boosts to allow for higher and more consistent frame rates at 4K and ray-tracing, but that is something that we will have to wait and see. For now, this is just speculation. There is no telling what the actual results will be.

That said, the single upgrade for Apex Legends to allow for a higher resolution will be in place as soon as you get your console next week or whenever. As soon as you download the game on the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, you will be able to enjoy that enhanced resolution.

Other EA Games That Have Upgrades or Backwards Compatibility

But this game is only one of many EA games that will see some improvements when the next generation begins next week. Here are some of the improvements announced today that you will see for the other EA games at launch for those interested.

For the sports games Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21, players will see that they are just backwards compatible on day one. On Dec. 4, however, they will receive free next-gen upgrades that were not detailed. For Star Wars Squadrons, you can focus on better graphics or frame rate for Xbox users.

For some reason, the PS5 version is left out and will have improved lighting but the same resolution and frame rate as the PS4 Pro version. As for The Sims 4, the game will come with faster loading times and better frame rates.

When it comes to the sports titles of UFC 4 and NHL 21, they will be backwards compatible. Finally, the newly released Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered game will only be available as a standard backwards compatible title, even though it is brand new.

The next generation of consoles begins next week on Tuesday, Nov. 10, with the launch of the Xbox Series X and S. Then it will continue with the launch of the PS5 on Thursday, Nov. 12 in some parts of the world like the U.S. and Nov. 19 for the rest of the world.


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