Last-gen and current-gen versions of Madden NFL 23 will be very different

Madden NFL 23 is going to feature some pretty stark differences between its last-gen and current-gen versions of the game. For the third year in a row, Madden will be releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to landing new hardware on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. And while this launch strategy will get the game into the hands of more players, the difference between these iterations will be more stark than it has been for the past two years.

Overall, the biggest new addition to Madden NFL 23 will be a system that EA calls FieldSENSE. This new gameplay system will completely overhaul the way Madden is experienced and is by far the most integral change seen in this year’s title. FieldSENSE will not only change how animations look and work in Madden NFL 23, but it will also add entirely new game mechanics. This is especially seen with a complete overhaul of Madden’s overtaking mechanics which will now be more “skill-based” than ever before.

The problem here is that FieldSENSE is something that will only be available on the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of Madden NFL 23. Because of this, PS4 and Xbox One players will be deprived of the game’s most notable new feature and will instead be faced with gameplay similar to what was seen in Madden NFL 22. EA does not intentionally shy away from bringing FieldSENSE to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Crazy 23rather, it’s that these older platforms aren’t capable of implementing the technology that Field direction uses.

In short, it looks like this could very well be the last year that Madden will eventually come to PS4 and Xbox One. It’s not something Electronic Arts itself has confirmed in any capacity yet, but it seems obvious that older consoles are starting to limit what developers want to do with Madden in the future. So if you haven’t upgraded to a PS5 or Xbox Series X console yet, and you’re someone who plays Madden every year, this might be something you’ll want to delve into in the near future.

Madden NFL 23 is set to release later this year on August 19 and will be coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. This year’s cover of the game will also come in three different formats, all of which feature John Madden himself.

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