What can we expect when playing on next-gen? Smoother framerates, increased definition, faster loading times?
Here’s everything you need to know about FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X.
Latest News – Pre-order date & times revealed!
As you may have seen, the PS5 pre-order was a bit of rush for many, with that unfortunate scenario of products running out of stock shortly after the pre-orders went live.
The pre-order times for PS5 were seemingly a little staggered, but Microsoft appears to be making things more straight forward.
You’ll be able to pre-order your Xbox Series X|S from Amazon, Argos, Currys PC World, and more from the below times!
- US (8AM PT)
- Canada (8AM PT)
- UK (8AM BST)
- Australia (8AM AEST)
- New Zealand (8AM AEST)
- Europe, Middle East and Africa (9AM CEST)
The release date for Xbox Series X / S is Tuesday, 10 November – just two days before PS5.
If that was not enough, you can get EA Play with the Xbox Game Pass at no extra cost too!
FIFA 21 Release Date
EA has confirmed that FIFA 21 will launch on current-gen consoles on Friday, 9 October.
If you pre-order the FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition or Champions Edition you’ll be able to play from Tuesday, 6 October.
READ MORE: Everything we know about FIFA 21’s Editions
The EA Play (PS4, Xbox One & PC) Play First Trials will start on Thursday, 1 October.
Free upgrade to Xbox Series X
EA has announced that players can get a free upgrade from Xbox One to Xbox Series X.
That means you only need to buy FIFA 21 once!
In addition, you’ll be able to carry over your FUT and VOLTA progress from one console, to the next.
When could we see FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X?
With the next Xbox console due for release in November, we predict we could see what FIFA 21 looks like in the month before release.
Microsoft will no doubt want to showcase how titles play on next-gen, and benefit from various performance enhancements, such as faster loading times for example.
Next-Gen FIFA 21 Game Features Confirmed
There are a ton of new features confirmed for next-gen.
Key features on Next-Gen consoles include:
- Blazing fast load times – get to kick-off in seconds
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
- 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
Next Level Atmospheres
- Gameday immersion – contextual player, bench, and fan reactions let you feel the explosive passion of a last-minute winner
Xbox Series X Specs
The Xbox Series X specs are quite impressive, however unless EA decide to release FIFA 21 separately for the console, we’ll have to admire them from afar!
Amongst many things, 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.
FIFA 21 Price & Pre-order
You can pre-order the Standard Edition on Xbox One for £59.99 / $59.99, the Champions Edition for £79.99 / $79.99 and Ultimate Edition for £89.99 / $99.99.
You can pre-order your copy here.
Will FIFA 21 be 120 FPS on Xbox Series X?
Xbox Series X claims to be capable of playing games in up to 120 FPS at 4K, but what does that mean for FIFA 21 on the next-gen console?
According to the official site, titles that release for Xbox One ‘will experience improvements in performance, including improved boot and load times, more stable frame rates, higher resolutions and improved quality on Xbox Series X.’
So there’s hope, however, the reality may be different for FIFA 21. Typically, the higher the resolution, the lower the frame-rate. Additionally, the more ‘basic’ the graphics are, the higher the resolution and FPS can be.
It could be unlikely that we see FIFA 21 running at both 120 FPS and 4K, however even at 60 FPS at the same resolution, the game should look and play very well indeed.
READ MORE: Everything you need to know about FIFA 21
Leon Joseph is just a few years into his journalist career, but has already had pieces published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Game Spot. In regards to academics, Leon earned a degree in business from Texas State. Leon has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in the gaming industry.