Apex Legends fans have been desperate to find out what next-gen enhancements Respawn have planned for the game. Here’s everything we know about the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 versions of the hit battle royale.
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 make improvements to 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.
Outside of a few details in EA’s next-gen press release, Apex Legends fans have largely been in the dark on what to expect from the game on new consoles. Here’s everything that’s been revealed (so far) about what improvements 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 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 in 2021. 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 mean the difference between winning or losing a gunfight.
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Fortunately, Respawn have confirmed they are targeting higher framerates on next-gen hardware. Steve Ferreira — director of Respawn’s Vancouver-based Apex Legends studio — 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 has remained a highly requested feature since the earliest days of Apex. 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 into their BR, 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.
When Season 8 began, Chad Grenier – 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, Ryan Rigney — Respawn’s Director of Communications — revealed that the studio is 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,” he confirmed.
Apex Legends next-gen release date
Despite some new information on Respawn’s plans for next-gen, players are still waiting for official confirmation on when those versions will be released. Other than EA’s announcement of a planned 2021 rollout, there have been no further updates on the official timeline.
It’s not all bad news for next-gen players, however. During the Season 10 AMA, Ryan Rigney 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.”
For now, fans must continue to wait and see what Respawn have planned (and when the next-gen versions of Apex will actually release), but they can at least take advantage of general performance improvements when playing on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 in the meantime.
Despite the lack of confirmed timelines, it sounds like getting these next-gen upgrades out to players is quite high up 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.