Apex Legends has been playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles since launch through backwards compatibility. In January, we learned that a proper ‘next gen' version would be on the way. Now, Respawn has announced plans to launch bespoke PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Apex Legends today.
The new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Apex Legends will offer five key improvements – native 4K resolution, locked 60Hz gameplay, HDR, improved shadows and improved LOD distances. The Xbox Series S version will fall behind in a few of these areas, for instance, the Series S version won't run at 4K, or offer higher resolution shadows and improved LOD.
While previous rumours indicated that Apex Legends on next-gen consoles would get a 120FPS mode, Respawn has not announced this at the moment. This is an odd choice, as the Xbox Series X and PS5 should both be capable of running Apex Legends at high frame rates at 1080p or 1440p.
On Xbox Series X/S consoles, the new version of Apex Legends will download automatically through Smart Delivery. On PS5, users will need to download the PS5 version manually.
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KitGuru Says: While we have yet to test the update out, the lack of 120FPS mode is quite disappointing. We've seen impressive 120Hz performance in a number of key games this generation, including other major shooters like Overwatch, Call of Duty, Halo Infinite and more, so it should be achievable here.