FIFA 21 has a free upgrade plan for PS5 and Xbox Series X, but there's a problem for physical copies

You'll need to hold on to your PS4 or Xbox One disc

EA takes its own particular approach to free next-gen game upgrades, and FIFA 21, much like Madden NFL 21, uses the dual entitlement system. In short: if you buy the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version of these games, you'll be able to get the PS5 or Xbox Series X counterpart at no extra cost.

Strings are attached, of course. And the offer will not last forever.

“If you purchase FIFA 21 for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you will be able to upgrade your copy once you have the corresponding next-gen console (PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 or Xbox One to Xbox Series X) at no additional cost. by downloading it to your console until the launch of FIFA 22. " 

Another caveat: The PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrade process is smoother if you're considering digital. Dual Entitlement will work more or less simply - you can "download and play FIFA 21 from the PlayStation Store or Microsoft Store at no additional cost once it's released later this year." »

“If you buy a physical copy of FIFA 21 [on PS4 or Xbox One], you will need the disc inserted in your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X to be able to launch FIFA 21 on these consoles. If you intend to purchase a discless console, you will need to purchase FIFA 21 digitally to take advantage of the Dual Entitlement offer, as physical discs cannot currently be used to upgrade to discless consoles. " 

What about cross-generation backups? “Any progress you make in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team and VOLTA FOOTBALL will carry over from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 and back, or from Xbox One to Xbox Series X and back. Progress through all other modes, including Online Seasons, Co-op Seasons, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, and more. will be specific to the console you are playing on and will not transfer between consoles. " 

I'm not going to accept that offer - I saw the mandatory next-gen player sweat at EA Play Live, and that's the extent of my interest in FIFA 21 - but I think it's interesting to see how the companies are managing the transition to a new generation of consoles. I expect things to get messy and complicated.

FIFA 21 Dual Entitlement [EA]

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