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Friday, March 31, 2023

Apex Legends Releases its Next-Gen Console Update, Includes 4K and HDR

Apex Legends upgrades for the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S consoles will be available tomorrow, in conjunction with the new Warriors collection event, according to Respawn Entertainment. The battle royale shooter has had shared versions across platform generations until now. Console gamers will soon be able to join those on PC with support for natively rendered 4K (except on the Series S), HDR, improved shadow maps, and greater level of detail distances when the update is published – generally around 1PM ET.

All console versions are still limited to 60Hz gaming, with 120Hz support stated as a future upgrade (although, once the PS5 supports 120Hz output, it will be able to force it even on games that don’t have it built-in if you want to test it). When I spoke with the devs before the start of the current season, Defiance, they mentioned that additional next-gen features will be released throughout the year when new seasons were released. Adaptive trigger and haptic support for the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller are also reported to be in the works.

The systems also differ in terms of how gamers would receive their upgraded versions. The Smart Delivery technology used by Microsoft on the Xbox Series X and Series S means that once the game is out, your console should automatically download the proper version without any involvement. It’s a tad more complex on PlayStation. If you already have the game loaded on your PS5, go to your Game Hub, click Options instead of Play Game, and instruct it to download the PS5 version. If you don’t have it installed but have already played it, simply look for it in your library and choose the PS5 version when requested.

The second part of Season 12 includes several patches across all consoles and PCs to prevent things like hackers enabling dual-wielding weapons and different flaws that may be exploited to abuse weapons with a charge system, such as the Rampage LMG or Sentinel sniper. There’s also a new set of aesthetic enhancements to purchase, as well as a new heirloom that players may use with the character Crypto.

With a few tweaks and a new map, the Warriors event will also bring back the Control limited-time mode for another two weeks. It was well-received by players the first time around, but there’s no news yet on whether it’ll become a regular component of the game or whether there will be even more ways to play that aren’t your typical battle royale arrangement.

Last week’s enormous leak of information, which disclosed new characters, skins, weapons, and emotes that the devs are working on, was not mentioned at all in the update. The scope of the leaks was said to span the next couple of years for the game, but based on the developments we’ve seen, I believe there are still more Apex Legends surprises to come.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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