Apex Legends is getting a next-gen update in 2022, and Respawn has given some hints as to what console players can expect. Here’s everything we know about the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 upgrades for Apex.
In November 2020, Sony and Microsoft released their new generations of console hardware in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, respectively. Since their release, fans have been desperate to acquire the new systems and put them to the test.
For many developers, the new consoles provided a chance to improve their games and unleash the impressive power of the next hardware generation. Among the studios with big plans for next-gen enhancements are none other than Respawn Entertainment, with their hit title, Apex Legends.
Outside of a few details, Apex Legends players with the newest consoles have had to simply wait and hope for the upgrades to come, for over a year. Here’s everything that’s been revealed (so far) about next-gen upgrades players can expect when playing on a PS5 or XSX.
- Is Apex Legends on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S?
- Apex Legends PS5 upgrades
- Apex Legends Xbox Series X|S upgrades
- Apex Legends next-gen framerate
- Apex Legends next-gen cross-progression
- Apex Legends next-gen release date
Is Apex Legends on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S?
Apex Legends is playable on next-gen consoles, but with a small catch: the game is only available through backwards compatibility. Players can enjoy a performance boost up to 1440p on the new hardware, but this isn’t the version fully optimized for next-gen consoles.
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While the backward-compatible versions don’t offer a true next-gen experience, Respawn have confirmed a full upgrade for Apex Legends on both the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 is in the works.
Apex Legends next-gen release date
The next-gen update for Apex Legends will release in 2022.
EA previously stated that the next-gen update for Apex Legends would release in 2021. However, that hasn’t been achieved, with developers now confirming it will be at least 2022 before the upgrades arrive.
It’s not all bad news for next-gen players, however. During the Season 10 AMA, Respawn confirmed the enhancements are moving forward: “We can’t say anything definitive at the moment, so can’t spoil anything. Trust us [though], it’s in the works and we’re excited about it too.”
Then, after the launch of Season 11, Apex dataminer Shrugtal uncovered evidence that the BR’s next-gen editions could be right around the corner, with new code in the game files hinting that “next-gen release [is] getting very close.” Apex Legends producer Josh Medina confirmed “next-gen console support” was in progress for 2022, as well as cross-progression.
On January 14, a PS5 version of Apex Legends was spotted on the PSN database. This indicates next-gen upgrades potentially releasing with Season 12.
The patch was sized at 80GB, which is fairly substantial, and could include the targeted 120 fps upgrades, as well as support for adaptive triggers.
Apex Legends PS5 upgrades
Apex Legends players can already take advantage of a few minor improvements when playing on the PlayStation 5. Boosted performance, higher resolutions up to 1440p, and faster loading times are a few of the next-gen benefits already available to the BR’s fans.
Outside of these general upgrades, EA also confirmed Respawn will implement “more formal enhancements” for next-gen consoles. While most of the specifics have remained a mystery, Respawn have teased some of the benefits coming with the true next-gen version for PS5.
Apex Legends Xbox Series X|S upgrades
Xbox Series X|S players can also enjoy an improved version of the Apex Legends experience. When playing on the latest generation of Xbox hardware, players will see the same performance, resolution, and loading time improvements as their counterparts on PlayStation 5.
In addition, the same enhancements planned for Sony’s next-gen hardware will make their way to Xbox Series X|S. While Xbox players are also largely in the dark on the details of these upgrades, the same information revealed by Respawn applies to their consoles as well.
120fps for Apex Legends next-gen
One of the most-requested features in any competitive title is high framerates. For fast-paced shooters like Apex, the difference between playing the game in 30, 60, or 120 FPS can literally decide the outcome of a gunfight.
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Respawn have confirmed they are targeting higher framerates on next-gen hardware. Steve Ferreira — Game Director on Apex Legends — confirmed the targeted framerate on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 is a solid 120 FPS.
“120 FPS is one of our goals as we continue to look at [next-gen] features and balance,” Ferreira confirmed. The Respawn employee also clarified that while he couldn’t promise anything specific, improving the game’s framerate on new hardware is “high on the priority list”.
Apex Legends next-gen cross-progression
Cross-progression in Apex Legends has remained a highly requested feature since launch. While the BR does support crossplay between PC, Xbox One and Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Nintendo Switch, the game lacks any system for carrying over progress between platforms.
While Respawn have explained the difficulties of implementing such a system, fans continue to press the issue every chance they get, especially during the community AMAs that Respawn holds on Reddit to kick off each new season.
Back when Season 8 began, Chad Grenier — former Game Director of Apex Legends — reiterated that Respawn were still weighing their options on cross-progression, and while it would be a great addition to the game, “it’s still a ways off most likely.”
Two seasons later, Respawn revealed that the studio is now targeting 2022 for the rollout of cross-progression: “It’s a mess. But we’re working on it, and we’re committed to delivering it.”
Despite the lack of confirmed timelines, it sounds like getting these next-gen upgrades out to players is quite high on Respawn’s priority list. We will continue to keep you updated on the next-gen editions of Apex Legends as more information becomes available.
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