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What Will FIFA 21 Look Like on the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

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FIFA 21 will get a significant upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. (Image credit: EA Sports)

FIFA 21 owners that also got either a PS5 or Xbox Series X should look forward to December 4, when EA Sports will launch the next gen version of the game. There are supposedly a lot of improvements that await us. Let's see what EA has in store!

If you've set yourself up by getting FIFA 21 for the PS5 or Xbox Series X, you'll be able to enjoy the next gen version of the game after it gets updated on December 4. EA Sports are looking to improve a lot of stuff, so let's go into the details.

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VOLTA is one of the focal points of the next gen update. (Image credit: EA Sports)

Better FIFA 21 Graphics on PS5 and Xbox Series X

It's a new, more powerful generation of consoles, so it is expected that FIFA 21 will make a huge graphical leap from the old generation. Actually, it's not only expected – it will look much better: The game will run in 4K resolution at a steady 60 FPS to deliver a smoother than ever experience.

Other not so obvious graphics improvements also add to the realism of the game. Many new animations or revised lighting effects, called Deferred Lighting System, provide better illumination of the pitch.

Small details, such as muscle strains while shooting/tackling and the ball reacting accordingly upon touches complete the next gen picture.

One final visual add-on is the Strand Based Hair system that makes sure each piece of hair in Lionel Messi's beard is represented accurately in FIFA 21.

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Thanks to new lighting effects, the stadium atmosphere is noticeably enhanced. (Image credit: EA Sports)

Dynamic Realism in FIFA 21

EA Sports have done more than just make players' beards look realistic though. They've also placed incredible focus on mimicking player reactions to proceeding on the pitch: Teammates will now raise their hands in disbelief when you miss a one-on-one opportunity instead of passing them the ball in front of the open net. This new system will also come into play after a late game winner, when everyone will go wild just like they would in real life.

Any Gameplay Changes?

You can't completely revamp gameplay in a couple of months, so don't expect too much to change from a pure gameplay standpoint. There are going to be some improvements, like better pass animations and smarter AI running paths, but nothing too drastic.

Though not exactly gameplay, the loading times are promised to be extremely short. We're talking in the region of two seconds to load a game, which improves the gaming experience tremendously.

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The PS5 DualSense Controller in FIFA 21

Players on PS5 will be able to enjoy the exclusive features of the DualSense controller. As your player's stamina wanes, the R2 button will become more resistant and harder to press for sprints, thanks to the adaptive triggers.

The DualSense controller will vibrate more on one side based on the foot with which you're performing an action, be it a shot, a cross or a tackle.

Real-life rule changes, such as more substitutes and VAR will not be in the game. While this would add realism, we don't think it's a big deal as the subs thing will hopefully be temporary and VAR isn't really necessary in a video game that can program every referee decision to be correct.

On a more somber note, there will be no cross-platform play in FIFA 21. EA Sports explained the decision with the different versions simply being too different. We have a feeling this won't be players' favorite part of the next gen patch notes, but EA are used to their fan base being dissatisfied by now...

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Original article by EarlyGame's Philipp Briel.

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