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FIFA 21: what changes are on the new PS5 and Xbox Series X updates?

EA Sports' latest FIFA instalment offers exciting features for next-gen consoles with a super-realistic stadium experience, in-game dynamics and new additions to player likenesses.

EA Sports' latest FIFA instalment offers more immersive gameplay and new features for gen-next consoles, available for free thanks to Dual Entitlement.

The new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are the most powerful consoles ever produced, giving game manufacturers the ability to make their latest offerings better than ever. In the case of FIFA 21 that means super-realistic gameplay, unbeatable graphics and a whole host of tweaks that make gameplay even more immersive.

FIFA 21 was released in the US on 6 October but already, as the new next-generation consoles have hit the shops, the latest update will take your gaming experience to the next level. Best of all, the new Dual Entitlement feature means that anyone who has bought the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One edition of the game can upgrade for free.

What’s new in the latest FIFA 21 update?

EA Sports’ FIFA series prides itself on being the most lifelike sports game on the market so it is no surprise to see them take advantage of the new consoles’ enormous potential. Here’s some of the hottest additions in the latest patch.

Big Goal Moments

Football is all about those unforgettable moments and added computer intelligence means your players, substitutes and supporters will be right there with you. Their reactions will respond to the match situation so whether it’s a last-minute winner to clinch the title or a vital equaliser to spare you from relegation, you’re all in it together.

Next Level Realism

FIFA's latest update brings in cutting edge technology to make your heroes more lifelike than ever. The new Frostbite™-enabled game engine gives your players a more realistic physique, shows their muscles flexing as they strike the ball and new strand-based hair responds authentically as you scamper down the wing. They have even introduced personalised player movement for some of the games biggest stars, making them move in their own unique way.

Off-Ball Humanisation

Footballers are human, after all, and the FIFA 21 update brings a new level of realism to player behaviour. Heavy legs going into injury time? Your midfielders will start tiredly adjusting their shin pads. Silverware on the line? Forwards will be screaming for a through ball to get their shot at glory. However the game plays out, you will see the emotions playing out across your team.

PS5 DualSense Haptics

Whether it’s a crucial goal-line clearance or thumping strike off the underside of the crossbar, the PlayStation 5’s new DualSense controller ensure you feel it all. The new technology provides responsive haptic feedback so you feel the impact of shots, passes and tackles; letting you control the whole game in your hands


For all the latest graphics and super-realistic movements, FIFA has never quite managed to capture the perspective of watching elite football on television before. A new GameCam option lets you do just that, giving you the perfect vantage point to watch your team’s style of play, whether you’re building from the back or hitting it long.

Push-Pull Physics

Another new feature in the latest instalment is Real Player Motion Technology (RPMT), an expanded player interaction system that simulates the battle of elite football. Shoulder barges bring a very real force and you can steal a yard on your marker as you jostle for set pieces. Player-to-player interaction feels more realistic than ever.

Sights & Sounds

Anyone who has ever been to a live football match knows that there is more to the experience than what’s happening on the pitch. The latest update to FIFA 21 introduces a library of thousands of authentic chants, EA Sports’ Atmospheric Audio, captured exclusively from the world’s biggest competitions. Anfield will be rocking to the sound of the Kop, the Bernabeu crackles with anticipation and the bubbling atmosphere in Dortmund lets you know that you’re in a game.

If you want to take advantage of these brand-new features, here's how to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X



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