Madden 18 To Feature 4K UHD Graphics In PS4 Pro, And Later In Xbox One X

by on August 18, 2017

Juan Carlos Ropel, August 18, 2017

The most popular football game of them all will be hitting the shelves next week, and PS4 Pro users will enjoy out-of-the-box 4k graphics without having to even update it. The confirmation was made by EA Sports at GameInformer:

Madden NFL 18 supports PS4 Pro at launch in both 4K and 1080p, with no update needed. If a gamer chooses to run Madden NFL 18 in 4K, they will see improved resolution, if they choose to run the game in 1080p, they will see improved framerate in certain areas of the presentation. Core gameplay will render at 60fps regardless. We have no announcements to make regarding HDR support at this time.”

Although no statement has yet been made by Microsoft nor EA Sport, the 4K UHD and Xbox Enhanced logos appear on the Madden 18 page and on Xbox’s website. With this, there is pretty much no doubt that there will be a patch available when the Xbox One X is released on November 7, 2017. Early buyers of the One X with 4K HDR TVs will thus be able to get their Madden fix with graphics unlike any before seen in any previous version.

Madden 18 is the 29th installment of the Madden NFL series. The game has been developed by EA Tiburon and is published by EA Sports. It features New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the cover, the second straight year a Patriots player has the distinction (last year it was Rob Gronkowski).

This is also the first time that a Madden version will run in Frostbite, the game engine developed by EA that improves graphics. Frostbite is the same engine that powers the visuals for EA’s near-photorealistic “Battlefield” and “Star Wars: Battlefront”. Up until now, the Madden NFL series has run on the Ignite game engine, but the switch over to Frostbite promises better visuals of players and smaller features such as detailed field, stadium exteriors, crowds and even fireworks.

Madden 18 for Xbox One

Madden 18 for Xbox One

Having a Story Mode is also a first for Madden. Madden NFL 18 introduces Longshot, the story of Devin Wade, a quarterback from Mathis, Texas, as he tries to reach the NFL, and will include high school games and college games, as well as the NFL Scouting Combine.

As usual, Madden 18 will be released a few weeks before the NFL Kickoff. The game is set to start shipping as for August 25th, 2017, although those who pre-order the “G.O.A.T. Edition” will get it three days early on August 22nd.

The Xbox version of the game can be pre-ordered now at Amazon, for $59.99 for the Standard Edition and $79.99 for the G.O.A.T edition.

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