During its June EA Play Live event, Electronic Arts revealed that certain games in its late 2020 line-up will come with "Dual Entitlement", but what does that mean? And how could it save you money?
What is EA Dual Entitlement?
Dual Entitlement is much like Xbox's Smart Delivery scheme, whereby you purchase a current generation console game and get an upgrade to the next-gen version for free, when you opt to buy one of the forthcoming, new consoles.
Where it differs to Smart Delivery is that it works across PlayStation and Xbox machines. As Smart Delivery is an Xbox incentive, it naturally only applies between Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
Therefore, if you purchase an EA game with Dual Entitlement, not only can you get the Xbox Series X upgrade if you bought it on Xbox One, you get the PS5 version if you bought it on PS4 first. And at no extra cost.
Is there a catch?
So far, the only catch is that if you purchase a disc version of a game for PS4 or Xbox One, you will only be able to upgrade it on a PS5 or Xbox Series X with a disc drive.
At present, only PlayStation has announced a Digital Edition of its PS5 (with no disc drive). In that case, you will only be able to use the Dual Entitlement benefit to upgrade a digital download PS4 version of the game.
What games will have Dual Entitlement?
Electronic Arts announced Dual Entitlement with two games, both of which confirmed for next-gen as well as current: FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21.