With the next generation of consoles set to arrive later this year, many are understandably concerned about when they should buy their favorite sports games. Do they wait to buy games on the next-gen systems, or run the risk of paying for the same game twice just to have it at launch?

For those who buy Madden 21, you may not have to worry.

According to EA’s CFO Blake Jorgenson, the company is working on allowing games purchased on current-gen platforms to be upgraded for free to the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

“Note that this year the phasing includes the effect of revenue recognition from the games we are launching for the current generation of consoles that can also be upgraded for free for the next generation,” he said during EA’s quarterly earnings call on May 5.

Any move like this would surely sit well with fans of games like Madden, FIFA, and NHL. Not only would it likely ensure that players don’t wait to buy the new releases, but it could also encourage them to upgrade to the new systems as soon as possible knowing they won’t have to shell out the money once again for a game they already own.

We already know that the Xbox Series X will work with any current Xbox One game, but being able to play the Xbox Series X version of a Madden 21 or FIFA 21 is sure to provide a better experience for players. With the current-gen versions of the games, players, at most, will get a slight performance boost if anything.

Madden 21 launches later this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PC. No features have been announced just yet, but it has been confirmed that Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson will be on this year’s cover.


What do you think about the idea of allowing those who purchase a current-gen version of a game to upgrade it for free? Let us know in the comment section below, and stick with Sports Gamers Online for more information on the next generation of gaming.