FIFA 21 PS5: Free Upgrade, Dual Entitlement, New Features Confirmed, Release Date, Price, Specs, Gameplay, Graphics, latest news & 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

EA has already confirmed many features coming to FIFA 21 on PS5!

Let’s go over everything you should expect from the next gen leap for the FIFA series.


FIFA 21 Release Date

EA has confirmed that FIFA 21 will launch on current-gen consoles on October 9, 2020.

If you pre-order the FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition or Champions Edition you’ll be able to play from October 6.

READ MORE: Everything we know about FIFA 21’s Editions

The EA Access (PS4, Xbox One) and Origin Access (PC) Play First Trials will start on October 1.

There is no confirmed release date for FIFA 21 on next-gen consoles yet.

FIFA 21 PS5 Price

To go along with the lack of confirmed release date, there is also no price as of yet for FIFA 21 on PS5.

However, it looks like EA has you covered if you go ahead with the PS4 purchase…

READ MORE: FIFA 21 PS4 – Price, Editions, Pre-orders, and more

Free upgrade to PS5

Those that buy FIFA 21 on PS4 can get a free upgrade to PS5 when Sony’s new hardware arrives, a feature called dual entitlement.

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That means there’s no need to pay for the game twice!

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In addition, you’ll be able to carry over your FUT and VOLTA progress from one console to the next.


Next-Gen FIFA 21 Game Features Confirmed

Following EA Play, EA has announced a series of next gen features for FIFA 21!

Key features on next gen consoles include:


  • Blazing fast load times – get to kick-off in seconds
  • Controller haptics – feel every shot, kick, pass, and tackle in your hands

Graphics and Visuals

  • Deferred Lighting and Rendering – a new lighting system creates more detail in every part of the stadium
  • Re-imagined player bodies – next-gen technology takes players to a whole new level of realism
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Player Animations

  • Enhanced animation technology – new animations create ultra-responsive and realistic player movement
  • Off-ball humanisation – from adjusting shin pads to screaming for passes, feel all the emotion of football at the highest level

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Next Level Atmospheres

  • Gameday immersion – contextual player, bench, and fan reactions let you feel the explosive passion of a last-minute winner

PS5 Reveal

On 11 June we got our first look at Sony’s PlayStation via the PS5 reveal event.

The stream gave us plenty of exciting looks into future releases, but it also let us see just how well the next gen console performs with some of the games.


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.

For more about PS5’s stream in March 2020, head here.

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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Ray tracing has been seen as a mode in certain games like Minecraft, and if it can make a significant impact on the sandbox game, imagine what it could do for FIFA.

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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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Better audio means better immersion, which makes everything on the screen more enjoyable.

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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No manager hanging around on loading screens, so you can get through Career Mode campaigns in a flash!

PS5 Release Date

Since FIFA 21 will be beating next gen consoles out of the gate on release, when can we expect the PS5?

While we do know when FIFA 21 arrives, the only release date we have for the PS5 so far is “Holiday 2020”.

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