FIFA 21 Xbox Series X: Release date, graphics, gameplay & more

Microsoft’s new console arrives in 2020, so EA’s FIFA will have some huge upgrades across the board.

Phil Pangalos by Phil Pangalos

Time’s are tough, but at least we have two things to look forward to this year – FIFA 21 and Next Gen consoles.

A FIFA title is a staple to anyone’s game collection, so for you Xbox loyalists, this is what’s coming for Series X.


What to Expect from Xbox Series X

Although Microsoft hasn’t revealed everything about their next-gen console, there have already been some significant announcements.


xbox series x specs 12 teraflops rate shading raytracing
POWER: Sony will have trouble beating that

Xbox Series X will be Microsoft’s most powerful console ever.

Powered by their custom-designed processor leveraging AMD’s latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures.

Delivering four times the processing power of an Xbox One and enabling developers to leverage 12 TFLOPS of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) performance – twice that of an Xbox One X and more than eight times the original Xbox One.

READ MORE: How PS5 hardware will enhance FIFA 21’s graphics

Their patented form of variable rate shading (VRS) empowers developers to more efficiently utilize the full power of the Xbox Series X.

Rather than spending GPU cycles uniformly to every single pixel on the screen, they can prioritise individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects.

You can expect more dynamic and realistic environments powered by hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing – a first for console gaming.

This means true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and realistic acoustics in real-time as you explore the game world.

Eradicating loading times

“We’ve created a new generation of SSDs… We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM” said Microsoft in their reveal video, and the result will make loading times a thing of the past.

It’ll make gameplay smoother and faster, ironing out any creases in performance.

In theory, core performance should receive a major boost too.

It’s also been confirmed that Xbox Series X will have a disk drive, since the console will support four generations worth of backwards compatibility.

READ MORE: Xbox Series X’s trailer

“Your games, achievements, progression and accessories will all come forward with Xbox Series X.

The combination of the custom AMD architecture, the DDR6 RAM, and the SSD drive could well give us a console that feels truly revolutionary. 

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 Xbox One at first, before becoming available on the next-gen Xbox console upon the console’s launch.

  • The improved graphics, including all-new ray tracing, will mean more realistic stadiums, pitches, crowds and players
  • Dive straight into matches with almost non-existent loading times
  • 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

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

The huge thing this means for Ultimate Team, and online play in general, is a significant reduction in lag.

READ MORE: Everything we know about FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

Of course, this has nothing to do with your internet connection, but there will be a significant reduction in the time it takes for you to input a command and for the console to respond.

Is current broadband quite ready for this though? Only time will tell.

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?

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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