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First glimpse at Apex Legends running on Xbox Series X

Published: 4/Oct/2020 16:40 Updated: 4/Oct/2020 16:48

by Calum Patterson

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As preview editions of the Xbox Series X have been sent out, Microsoft has allowed a first look at some of the games running on the console, to test their load speed and other features – including Apex Legends.

Although Respawn and EA have been generally tight-lipped about Apex Legends on the next-gen consoles, we know that it will at least be playable. Whether there are any graphical or technical improvements to take advantage of the new hardware is another matter though.

Apex Legends is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC (through Origin). It’s also due to release on Steam and Nintendo Switch later in 2020, and similarly on the PS5 and Series X/S.

But, we already have our first glimpse of Apex running on a next-gen console, courtesy of the Verge’s Tom Warren.

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The Series X and S release in November.

Microsoft unlocked nearly 200 games on the preview units of the Xbox Series X for the weekend October 3-4. With a preview unit in hand, Warren tested a handful of games, including Forza and Apex Legends.

His findings on load times were solid, but not mindblowing, with Forza Motorsport 7 loading in approximately 29 seconds, and Apex a hair faster at 28 seconds.

In addition, Warren also provided a glimpse at both games running simultaneously, taking advantage of the Series X’s quick resume function. This allows an application to be suspended, and then returned to after moving to another application.

Unfortunately, as this is just a quick glimpse presumably taken on a mobile device, it’s impossible to see if the Apex Legends lobby screen looks any crisper than its current-gen counterpart.

That being said, if you’re coming from a base PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll immediately see the difference if you can take advantage of the 4K output on next-gen. Of course, PS4 Pro or One X owners already have access to this level of resolution.

For more details about how exactly Apex Legends will be optimized on the next-gen systems, we’ll likely have to wait until Respawn are ready to talk about their plans.

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Apex Legends Season 7 start date moved forward one week

Published: 21/Oct/2020 22:40 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 23:55

by Tanner Pierce

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After an initial leak and then a change with the Season 6 Battle Pass, it appears that the start date for Apex Legends’ Season 7 start date has been moved up by a week.

Although not officially announced yet by Respawn Entertainment, all indications seem to be pointing to Season 7 kicking off a week earlier than had been originally scheduled.

According to the in-game Battle Pass menu, S7 was initially set to start on November 10, which made sense given the length of a standard Apex Legends season. Now, prominent data-miner ‘Shrugtal’ leaked updated game code that showed the date being changed to November 4.

Following Shrugtal’s tweet, Apex’s Battle Pass menu was adjusted to show that, as of October 21, there were only 14 days left remaining in S6, rather than the 21 that had been displayed earlier the same day.

This all but confirms the date change, which Respawn have not yet explained, although it could be because S6 had been delayed by a week, so this could be the devs wanting to keep subsequent seasons right on schedule rather than all of them also starting a week later.

While this change fixes that issue and also means Apex fans will be able to access Season 7’s content a week earlier, at the same time, they’ll have a week less than originally anticipated to experience everything that Season 6 has to offer.

It makes more sense now that the annual Fight or Fright Halloween-themed event, which starts October 22, is wrapping up on November 3, just in time for the new season to launch.

This change also helps to explain why Respawn have been so teaser-happy recently, putting out voice recordings almost on a daily basis hinting at what’s coming to their prized battle royale in its seventh chapter.

While we don’t know what these recordings mean just yet, since they all seem to be pieces of a larger puzzle, there’s no doubt that the Apex community is getting excited again over that familiarly awesome feeling of new content on the way.

S7 is set to introduce a brand new legend named Horizon and is also expected to add a new machine gun called Predator, although the latter has yet to be confirmed. Of course, players will also have a new battle pass full of content to jump into.

For more information, leaks, and what else to expect, make sure to check out our Apex Legends Season 7 hub here.

This article was written with contributions from Albert Petrosyan.