The year 2020 has been very different. Not only on the pitch, where league seasons stretched through the summer, but in the gaming world too.
Seven years since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were first released, the next generation of gaming consoles – the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – have debuted.
Fans are excited for the possibilities the step-up in hardware could bring, and FIFA players are no different.
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EA Sports released its first-look video at FIFA 21 in the summer, with the current-gen adaptation pushed back by the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, FIFA 21 was eventually released on October 9, 2020, a slight delay on the usual release on the final Friday of September.
When will it be released and available to play on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?
When will FIFA 21 be released on PS5 and Xbox Series X?
FIFA 21 was launched on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X on Friday December 4, 2020 - just in time for the holidays.
The launch of the game on the next-generation consoles came roughly a month after the two devices became available worldwide and two months after its launch as a title for older consoles.
EA’s dual entitlement programme allows gamers who buy FIFA 21 on Xbox One or PS4 to claim a free upgrade for the equivalent console – so fans did not need to wait until the next-gen release to enjoy the newest instalment.
How much does FIFA 21 cost?
The standard edition of FIFA 21 will cost £59.99 in the UK and $59.99 in the US for both Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
How much do the PS5 and Xbox Series X cost?
There are two versions of each console: one which includes a disc drive and one which is solely digital. Their prices vary accordingly.
In the UK, the standard version of the PlayStation 5 costs £449.99 and the digital version is priced at £359.99.
The Xbox Series X, meanwhile, costs £449.99 in the UK and the digital version - Xbox Series S - costs £259.99.
In the US, the price of the standard PS5 is $499.99 and the digital edition costs $399.99.
For the Xbox Series X, in the US it will set you back $499.99 and the Series S will be $299.99.
As you can see, the Xbox Series X - the digital only box - is considerably cheaper than its PlayStation 5 counterpart.