‘FIFA 21’ PS5 and Xbox Series X|S update goes live early

EA goes for the early kick off

FIFA 21’s next-gen update for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S is live now, a day earlier than expected.

The update is free for players who purchased the Xbox One or PS4 version of the game, improving the graphics and load times for the more capable next-gen machines. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game don’t go on sale until December 4, which is when the update was expected.

The next-gen verison of FIFA 21 will improve hair textures and muscle definition for in-game characters, while the ball will compress when kicked to show its weight. The game will now also have the ability to run in 4K, alongside has deferred rendering and runtime lighting to make textures more realistic.

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EA has already confirmed that only some progress will carry over across from current- to next-gen. All of your players in Ultimate Team and Volta will be waiting for you in next-gen, but nothing else. Career Mode, Online Seasons, and Pro Clubs will all be reset to their default state on next-gen.

FIFA 21
FIFA 21. Credit: EA Sports

FIFA executive producer Aaron McHardy explained that there are “some trade-offs we need to make” when it comes to a cross-generation game. He also said that if they allowed players to carry over everything, the update would have come much later in the year.

To grab the update, players must select the last-gen FIFA 21 icon in the Library, then select the box marked ‘Free Digital Upgrade’. It will then prompt to ‘Buy Now’, but the cost will read at zero. The game is 55 GB.

PC players will not receive any of these updates, with EA explaining they want to keep the minimum specs on PC low.

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The next-gen version still contains Zlatan Ibrahimović, despite an ongoing legal dispute.

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