The PC version of Madden 23 doesn’t include its biggest new feature

The version of Madden NFL 23 you can pre-purchase on Steam (opens in new tab) is not the same Madden 23 you can get for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. It’s equivalent to the version being released for the last-gen PS4 and Xbox One consoles, which are nearly 10 years old. That means the PC version won’t include Madden 23’s headline feature, a “physics-informed” animation system called “FieldSense.”

If we take EA’s word for it, FieldSense is a major addition to the series that affects every play in every mode of Madden 23. Whereas the outcome of a Madden 22 play could be predicted based on player animations, EA says that FieldSense lets you” change the outcome until the play is over” with over 3,500 new motion-captured moves and “animation branching technology.” That technology contributes to a “skill-based passing” system, new 360-degree cut controls, and “a suite of new wide receiver release moves and defensive back counter press mechanics.”

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