FIFA 21 PS5: What Sony’s next-gen console will mean for EA’s football game

The new console arrives next year, meaning EA's FIFA could receive a huge upgrade in terms of graphics.

Sony has finally revealed the name and release date of their next-gen console.

The new console, predictably named the PS5, will be available from Holidays 2020. This means we can expect it to be released late November 2020 at the earliest.

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What to Expect from the PS5

Earlier in the year, Sony’s system architect, Mark Cerny, shed some light on what we can expect from the new console.

More powerful CPU and GPU

  • Improved graphics and visual effects.
  • 8K supported graphics (if you have a TV which supports 8K).
  • System memory increased in size and speed.
  • Ability to download larger files.
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Ray Tracing

  • Models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments.
  • Leads to heightened realism, as it allows accurate mimicking of how light bounces off different objects.
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Improved Audio

  • Increased immersion with sounds coming from above, behind and around.
  • Requires no external hardware, but headphone audio will lead to the best results.
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Specialised SSD

  • Reduced loading times both on loading screens and fast travel across open-world games.
  • Increased speed of how a world can be rendered.
  • Cerny demonstrated how Spiderman moved faster through the streets of Manhattan, due to the faster ability to get data off the improved hard drive.
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What does this mean for FIFA 21?

With new instalments of FIFA usually being released in late September, FIFA 21 will likely be released on the PS4 at first, before becoming available on the PS5 upon the console’s launch.

  • The improved graphics, including all-new ray tracing, will mean more realistic stadiums, pitches, crowds and players.
  • 8K supported gameplay means the new visuals will look as crisp as the youtube video below, but with more realistic graphics leading to an ultimate virtual football experience.
  • Improved audio will result in a new stadium experience as you listen to your team’s chants echoing around the ground.
  • Dive straight into matches with almost non-existent loading times.

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Phil Pangalos

Phil is a life-long gamer, an avid fan of England rugby and a suffering Arsenal supporter. After completing his M.Sc. in Digital Marketing he worked as a social media manager at a startup for a year. Nowadays you can find him writing about FIFA and other games in the RealSport office.