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

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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.»  I'm not going to pretend to know what defensive back counter press mechanics are, and sports game features with trademarked names like «FieldSense» sometimes contribute less to the fun than they do to the impression that you're getting more than an expensive roster update, but if the PS5 has defensive back counter press mechanics, then dammit, I want them, too, and I'm not aware of any Windows 11 counter press mechanic compatibility issues that make them impossible to put on PC.

The PC version of Madden 22 was also the last-gen console version, so this isn't too surprising, but Madden is lagging behind EA's other, more foot-centric football game.

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