FIFA 21 PS5: What will the game look like on Next Gen? Graphics, gameplay, speed, & more

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

Phil Pangalos by Phil Pangalos

Despite the uncertainty of the Coronavirus outbreak, we are still expecting the PlayStation 5 to arrive this November.

Barring any delays, FIFA 21 will be released around two months before in September, but expect a PS5 version to be available upon the console’s launch.

So what can we expect as FIFA makes the jump to Next Gen?

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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.

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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


There are some areas in FIFA 20 that need tweaking, with some aspects of the game considered overpowered (OP) by the community.

Perhaps FIFA 21 on Next Gen can correct some of these issues.

Headers & Corners

It is obvious EA has looked to nerf the overpowered heading ability we have seen in previous FIFAs, but whilst we don’t want to see every header fly into the top corner, it would be nice if it was a little bit easier.

A greater window on timing would go a long way, and perhaps having a greater impetus on the heading accuracy attribute, with not all players adept in the air.

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The front-post corner was foolproof in FIFA 19, and it was rightfully removed for FIFA 20.

The trouble is now, corners are just too hard to score from either offline or online.

Hitting the post!

This has been nerfed somewhat by recent updates to FIFA 20, but hitting the post still remains a real problem.

In fact, one-on-ones in general on FIFA this year lack any real consistency, it all seems a little bit random and sporadic with the accuracy of shooting and chance conversion.

Free Kicks and Penalties

We’ve alluded to it already, but a change to free kicks and penalties would be something welcomed by many.

FIFA 20 Penalties
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Yes, people have gotten better at free-kicks as FIFA 20 has progressed but, for many, it’s something which is just too difficult. Likewise with penalties.

With the option to revert timed finishing back to the classic, why not allow players to choose which free kick / penalty technique suits them best too?

VAR to be implemented?

Of course, it’s not just next-gen consoles that will have an impact on FIFA 21. VAR has been implemented in the Premier League this year, so could we see it feature in EA’s next footballing title?

It wouldn’t be the first time that video technology was seen in FIFA.

After all, EA Sports added goal-line technology into their title back in FIFA 15.

Whilst this was a significant addition when it was first released, it’s probably safe to say that the addition of VAR would be on a different level completely.

FIFA Goalline Technology
NO GOAL! Goal-line technology was first seen in FIFA 15

There’s no doubt that VAR would create a more realistic football experience, but would FIFA fans really want that sort of stress in the game?

What about Xbox Series X?

You can expect gameplay on both consoles to be almost identical.

Visuals could be different, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Head here to read more about FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X.

To read more about FIFA 21, including release date, trailer, cover star, career mode, ultimate team, ratings and more, head here.

Phil Pangalos

First Console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood / Currently playing: UFC 3

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