EA Outlines Next-Gen Upgrades for Star Wars Squadrons, Sims 4, More

EA details what folks can expect for Star Wars Squadrons and several other games on next-gen systems.

Star Wars Squadrons and a number of other EA games are getting next-gen enhancements for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, the publisher recently announced.

These enhancements run the gamut from visual improvements to full-on content expansions. Here's what to expect from each game. 

Star Wars Squadrons Next-Gen Upgrades

Star Wars Squadrons on PS5 and XSX|S features improved lighting and will support up to 2160p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X and1440p at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series S. There's also a performance mode that prioritizes higher frame rates (120fps) over resolutions.

The PlayStation 5 version will feature improved lighting and runs at the same fps and resolution as Star Wars Squadrons on PlayStation 4 Pro.

Finally, there's a Variable Refresh Rate option added if the game is being played on a TV that supports that function.

Apex Legends Next-Gen Upgrades

Apex Legends' big Season 7 update already released, with new maps and a new Legend. On next-gen systems, the game gets an initial boost up to 1440p, with more changes planned for 2021, and Apex Legends crossplay will support all current- and next-gen platforms.

The Sims 4 Next-Gen Upgrades

The Sims 4 is getting its 10th expansion on November 13, Snowy Peak. The Sims 4 Snowy Peak introduces "a Japanese-inspired world" complete with onsen bathouses and meditation walks, along with plenty of wintery activities to keep restless Sims busy.

UFC 4, NHL  21, Madden NFL 21, FIFA 21, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Next-Gen Upgrades

EA's sports games and the Need for Speed remake benefit from improved load times and frame rates. Otherwise, they'll run on:

  • Xbox Series X like they're on Xbox One X
  • Xbox Series S like they're on Xbox One S
  • PlayStation 5 like they're on PlayStation 4 Pro

EA notes competitive mode progress from NFL 21 will not transfer as part of Dual Entitlement, EA's version of Smart Delivery.

[Source: EA]

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Nov. 5th 2020

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