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Each passing day, the release of the next-gen console, PS5, and Xbox Series X is coming closer. With this in mind, an imperative question arises: Will games on the current console be compatible with the upcoming generation? Following up with the trend, EA is reportedly making its upcoming titles free to “upgrade” to your chosen console.
Microsoft and Sony have announced their plans regarding this issue and recent developments show that reputed game publisher EA is endorsing this initiative.
EA COO Blake Jorgensen on an earnings call with investors highlighted:
This year the phasing includes the effect of revenue recognition from the games we are launching for the current generation of consoles that can also be upgraded free for the next generation.
This statement presumably applies to “cross-gen” games that will playable on existing and upcoming consoles. At the moment, it is uncertain if Jorgensen’s statement refers to the backward compatibility feature or software that might enable EA title owners to qualify for a next-gen copy of their game.
Sony and Microsoft have announced support for backward compatibility which contributes to the uncertainty raised by Jorgensen’s statement.
Microsoft has announced that a feature called Smart Delivery will release with the upcoming consoles. Essentially, if you own a version of an Xbox game that supports Smart Delivery, you can still have access to the latest version of the game irrespective of the device and hardware.
Sony will, too, release their own version of this feature. In a blog post, Sony mentioned:
“We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions.”
Players can now purchase a game, knowing that even if they purchase a new device they can continue enjoying it. This hasn’t been the case before, especially with EA games on Xbox 360 not being compatible with Xbox One.
EA Play will be held online this year on the 11th of June. The event will, most probably, host the release and first looks at the latest iterations of FIFA, Madden, NHL games. With EA guaranteeing support for upcoming consoles, players will purchase these games without being hesitant.
A recent job vacancy on EA’s website has authenticated the fact that EA has started working on the aforementioned feature and the job description included, “to push next-gen platforms and the PC to their limits on Apex.”
EA is one of the first developers to announce such a feature. It is highly likely that other major developers follow EA in assuring gamers that this alternative will be offered.