Apex Legends Next-Gen Updates PS5 & Xbox Series X

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
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Image Credit: EA

The wait is finally over for the lucky individuals who got their hands on the next generation of gaming consoles like the PS5 & the Xbox Series X since Respawn has finally revealed what kind of next-gen updates they have in store for the player base.

Apex Legends is Respawn Entertainment’s first foray into the highly competitive battle royale market. Despite solid competition from massive competitors like PUBG and Fortnite, Apex Legends made a name for itself in this highly competitive market.

Over the year, Respawn has managed to release this battle royale across all the different platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. On top of that, a mobile port was also available for players to get their feet wet in the wonderful world created by Respawn. However, it was later shut down.

Following the release of next-gen consoles like the PS5 & Xbox Series X, Respawn didn’t give their game a next-gen makeover. Instead, the game ran on the base port with more stability since the newer consoles were really powerful in terms of pure horsepower.

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4k & HDR support

But the wait for the next-gen update is finally over. Respawn has officially announced what sort of updates they have in mind for the future of Apex Legends. It includes features like 4K support, HDR, solid 60Hz gameplay, higher resolution shadow maps, and greater LOD distances.

In short, these updates will make use of the real hardware capabilities of the new consoles. And for those with high refresh rate monitors, additional updates in the future will unlock 120Hz capabilities for the next-gen consoles.

Image via EA

And for the PS5 owners, more tailor-made tweaks will make full use of the excellent haptic and adaptive triggers for the PS5 controllers. Aside from these, more updates targeting better visuals and audio performance are also coming in the near future.

When is the Next Gen Update coming?

The next-gen update for PS5 & Xbox Series X will be available with the Warrior collection event on March 29, 2022.

Official Statement from EA


This patch is also bringing some sweet updates for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S owners. On March 29, we will be launching the native next-gen versions of Apex Legends. You will be able to play your favorite game in native 4K (PS5 & Xbox Series X), along with the game being output in glorious HDR. Additionally, we are planning support for more next-gen features in future updates.

Improvements over back-compact versions

4K output          PS5 & Xbox Series X
Full 60hz gameplay          PS5 & Xbox Series X|S
HDR          PS5 & Xbox Series X|S
Higher resolution shadow maps          PS5 & Xbox Series X
Greater LOD distances           PS5 & Xbox Series X

Coming in future updates

120hz gameplay          PS5 & Xbox Series X|S
Adaptive triggers          PS5
Haptics          PS5
Visual Improvements          PS5 & Xbox Series X|S
Audio Improvements           PS5 & Xbox Series X|S

To ensure you have the latest version starting March 29,

For PS5 owners who already have Apex Legends installed:

  1. Navigate to the Game Hub for Apex Legends on the PS5 dashboard.
  2. Press the “Options” button next to “Play Game” (represented by “…” inside the Game Hub).
  3. Press “Select Version” and choose the PS5 version to download the updated next-gen version.
  4. Once the download is complete, navigate to the Game Library to delete the PS4 version.

For PS5 Owners who do not currently have Apex Legends installed:

  1. Navigate to the “Your Collection” tab of the Game Library on the PS5 dashboard.
  2. Find Apex Legends in your list of games and select it.
  3. When prompted, choose the PS5 version to download the updated next-gen version.

For Xbox Series X/S Owners:

Apex Legends uses Smart Delivery on Xbox consoles. The best version of the game is automatically delivered to your console, regardless of generation – no extra steps are required from you.

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Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.