The latest instalment of the world’s biggest-selling football game franchise will also be the first to hit the next-gen consoles. Yep, FIFA 21 is heading to the PS5 in time for the console’s launch, which should be music to the ears of footy-loving early adopters.
EA has officially announced that FIFA 21 will be released for current-gen consoles, including the PS4, on 9 October, before heading to next-gen consoles. The release of the PS5 is scheduled for later in the year, so we can expect FIFA 21 to be one of the first titles to be available at launch.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on FIFA 21, though, there’s good news. EA has confirmed free upgrades for those who buy FIFA 21 for current-gen consoles before upgrading. That means, if you’re planning on getting a PS5, there’ll be no double-dipping required.
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FIFA 21 on PS5: next-gen power and free upgrades
The initial release of FIFA 21 will reach current-gen systems on 9 October, so you will be able to play the new game on PS4. The game will then be released for the PS5 when that console is launched later in the year.
And with it, we expect, will come all the benefits that the next generation of gaming has to offer. That means better graphics, smoother play and massively reduced loading times.
Even better, EA’s ‘Dual Entitlement’ offer will let you upgrade your copy of the game from current- to next-gen at no extra cost – a benefit that is redeemable until the release of FIFA 22. This offer doesn’t work across platforms, though, so if you buy the game for PS4, you can only redeem your free upgrade on the PS5 (and not the Xbox Series X).
There’s one more thing to bear in mind if you’re planning on taking advantage of the Dual Entitlement scheme... If you buy a disc version of the game on the PS4, you’ll need to make sure your PS5 comes with a disc drive. Otherwise, you’ll have to purchase a new digital licence.
So, if you're tempted to opt for the all-digital version of the PS5, you’re best off getting your PS4-based copy of FIFA 21 via digital download.