Madden 21 Xbox Series X: How Microsoft’s powerful console will change EA Sports’ flagship NFL franchise

Microsoft's next-gen console will be on the horizon, which means players can expect changes.



The next-gen of consoles is arriving soon, with Microsoft unveiling even more information about the Xbox Series X.

As a result we are looking ahead to how this console will impact the coming versions of Madden.

The new console will be available from “Holiday 2020” and we expect it to be released on 22nd November 2020 – find out why here.

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What to expect from Xbox Series X

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

Specs

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WOW: That is some serious power

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.

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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 prioritize 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

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SLICK: The new controller features a stunning D-pad

“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.”

This will be the biggest boost for Madden players, as the loading delay in nearly every game mode has been lengthy in Madden 20. The ability to jump from MUT challenge to Superstar KO or CFM in a flash will revolutionize the Madden experience.

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. That means you don’t have to buy Madden 21 twice!

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“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 Madden 21?

With new instalments of Madden usually being released in August, Madden 21 will likely be on the Xbox One first, before becoming available on the next-gen Xbox upon the console’s launch.

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  • The improved graphics, including all-new ray tracing, will mean more realistic stadiums, fields, crowds and players.
  • Dive straight into games with almost non-existent loading times.
  • 8K supported gameplay means the new visuals will look even crisper than the youtube video below, but with more realistic graphics leading to an ultimate virtual football experience.

In short, Madden 21 on the Xbox Series X will be the most realistic looking Madden ever and the ultra-powerful hardware means an even better NFL experience.

Toby Durant

First Console: SNES / Favourite Game: Halo 2 / Currently Playing: Madden 20