Players who buy the Standard Edition of FIFA 22 on PS4 or Xbox One will not be able to upgrade to the next-gen versions for free.
Only the Ultimate Edition, priced at $99.99 / £89.99, will come with Dual Entitlement, which is essentially a bundle that adds the previous-gen and next-gen versions of the game to the player’s library.
“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,” it explains.
“That means if you purchase FIFA 22 Standard Edition on PS4 and upgrade to PS5 later, you would need to purchase the PS5 version of the game to play.”
This is different to last year, where owners of PS4 or Xbox One versions of FIFA 21 could upgrade to the next-gen versions at no extra cost, regardless of which version they bought.
Last year, EA’s policy was: “To benefit from Dual Entitlement, you should buy the FIFA 21 Standard Edition, Champions Edition, or Ultimate Edition for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and upgrade for free to the equivalent next generation console at any time before the launch of FIFA 22.”
A number of Xbox games feature Smart Delivery, where the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S versions of a game are tied to a single item in the player’s library, with their console downloading the most suitable version of the game depending on which system they’re using.
Smart Delivery is optional, however, and EA chose not to make use of it for FIFA 21, instead releasing two separate versions of the game on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, with its Dual Entitlement scheme letting owners of the Xbox One version claim the Xbox Series X/S version for free. For FIFA 22, this is now only available to Ultimate Edition customers.
Both editions of FIFA 22 include a TOTW Player, a Kylian Mbappé loan item, a FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick item and a homegrown talent for career mode.
The Ultimate Edition of FIFA 22 also includes 4 days early access, a Ones to Watch Player, 4600 FIFA Points and – if pre-ordered before August 11 – a FUT Heroes Player, a new type of legend player who has ties to a particular league.