Apex Legends next-gen update for PS5, Xbox Series X: FPS, resolution, more

. 3 months ago
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The next-gen Apex Legends update is finally locked in as Respawn has now detailed exactly what players can expect. Here’s everything there is to 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.

After months of waiting, this major next-gen update is finally locked in. Before you jump into the newly upgraded experience, here’s everything you need to know about Apex Legends on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S


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Players can expect improved framerates on next-gen consoles, especially during demanding sequences like dropping into the arena.

Is Apex Legends on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S?

Apex Legends was made playable on next-gen consoles earlier, but with a small catch: the game has only been available through backward compatibility thus far. 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.

While the backward-compatible versions don’t offer a true next-gen experience, Respawn has now detailed the full upgrade on the way for Apex Legends on both the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.

When will Apex Legends next-gen update drop?

The next-gen update for Apex Legends is set to release alongside the Warriors Collection Event on Tuesday, March 29.

Downloading the latest patch will allow players on new-gen hardware to access upgraded builds right away.

EA previously stated that the next-gen update for Apex Legends would release in 2021. However, that wasn’t achieved, with developers later confirming it will be at least 2022 before the upgrades arrive.

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. The patch was sized at 80GB, which is fairly substantial.

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New details on Apex Legends’ next-gen upgrades came to light during Seasons 10 and 11.

Apex Legends PS5 upgrades

The new-gen version of Apex Legends on PS5 comes with a handful of long-awaited improvements on day one. From 4K resolution to HDR support, there’s plenty for PlayStation fans to enjoy.

However, a number of additional features aren’t quite set in stone. From true DualSense support with Adaptive Triggers and Haptic Feedback, to 120hz gameplay, these more hefty additions are “coming in future updates,” EA announced.

Below is a full breakdown of what to expect:

PS5 upgrades on day one

  • 4K output
  • Full 60hz gameplay
  • HDR
  • Higher resolution shadow maps
  • Greater LOD distances

PS5 upgrades coming in future updates

  • 120hz gameplay
  • Adaptive triggers
  • Haptics
  • Visual improvements
  • Audio improvements

Apex Legends Xbox Series X|S upgrades

Similar can be said for Apex players on Xbox hardware. While the new-gen update comes with a number of key improvements, many of the more sizeable upgrades are still in the works for future updates.

While fans can enjoy 4K gameplay on the Xbox Series X | S platforms, the jump to 120hz is still in the pipeline. No specific dates were confirmed for the next portion of Apex Legends improvements.

Below is a full breakdown of what we know:

Xbox Series X | S upgrades on day one

  • 4K output
  • Full 60hz gameplay
  • HDR
  • Higher resolution shadow maps
  • Greater LOD distances

Xbox Series X | S upgrades coming in future updates

  • 120hz gameplay
  • Visual improvements
  • Audio improvements

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.

Respawn previously 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”.

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While Apex Legends already supports crossplay on next-gen hardware, cross-progression has yet to be implemented.

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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