We've become so accustomed to free upgrades between Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S that it now becomes newsworthy when the opposite happens. Unfortunately for FIFA 22 fans, that luxury has been stripped away.
Last year's FIFA 21 permitted players to upgrade for free through something EA calls the 'Dual Entitlement' program, allowing Xbox One owners to upgrade their game when the Xbox Series X|S version launched a few months later. However, EA confirmed some changes for this year's game in a recent FAQ.
While the same is applied this year, it is now locked behind the Ultimate Edition, which retails at £89.99. Of course, you can simply buy the next-gen specific version instead, but that's going to set you back £69.99, which costs more than the Xbox One release. Additionally, the Dual Entitlement is only available for digital owners of the Ultimate Edition, meaning physical owners would have to purchase the game again. Yikes!
- FIFA 22 Xbox One - £59.99 / $59.99
- FIFA 22 Xbox Series X, Series S - £69.99 / $69.99
- FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition - £89.99 / $89.99 (access to all versions)
"Dual Entitlement is only available with the purchase of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition. The Standard Edition of FIFA 22 does not include Dual Entitlement."
The only difference we're aware of (so far) between the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions is something called 'HyperMotion' technology, which is said to "integrate advanced full-team mocap data and machine learning to heighten gameplay in every match in FIFA 22". It sounds like a substantial upgrade, but until players have got their hands on the game, it remains to be seen whether it's the real deal or whether it's just another case of marketing jargon.
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