A new update, ‘Patch 1.5’ to be exact, has arrived for the beleaguered racing game NASCAR 21: Ignition – Has Native Support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S, with new versions now available as a free upgrade.
Improved resolution, but not frame rate
What it boils down to is native 4K resolution on PS5 and Xbox Series X, and 4K upscaling for Xbox Series S. The current PS4 and Xbox One versions weren’t able to reach the higher visual resolution levels.
The difference is noticeable, with the car’s crisper details and livery – even your crew chief appears marginally more straightforward.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a similar spike in frame rates to match the higher resolutions. The 30fps performance is disappointing when the majority of major racing games on these contemporary machines run at least 60fps.
One thing missing from the change that we noticed is faster load times. Starting a single race at Road America on last generation machines took over 30 seconds, and now that’s down to just over 11.
With this latest update, those who race online with the PS5 version can race on PS4, and those using Xbox One can race on Xbox Series X | S – but not PlayStation vs Xbox and vice versa.
The PS5 version also received Accolade support. After an online race, you can submit a simple rating to your fellow drivers; Whether it is a useful, welcome or good sport.
If you’ve made progress during your NASCAR 21: Ignition career on older consoles and want to continue on the newer device, the game now also supports game save transfers.
A word of caution, to do this, you must first load the current version and visit the general settings screen, then select “Prepare saved data to transfer”. Then launch the new version, visit the same general settings screen and select
To make sure you have the latest version, on PS5 for example, simply visit the PlayStation Store and install the PS5 version of NASCAR 21: Ignition, for which there will be no additional charges.
The release follows the news that there will be no new NASCAR game in 2022, with developer Motorsport Games committing to a new title in 2023 that isn’t based on the same Ignition technology. There are still several fundamental flaws in the game’s AI, timing, and wheel support.
In a recent roadmap, I mentioned that Ignition will continue to be supported, with a console update today (23 June) followed by further tweaks and a real-world 2023 season expansion in September.
There are also several bug fixes and small changes that apply to all platforms, with the full changelog below.
NASCAR 21: Ignition Patch 1.5 update change history
Next Generation Upgrade for XBOX X Series | S and PLAYSTATION 5
- 4K at 30fps for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5
- 4K Upscaling at 30fps for Xbox Series S.
- Play online via console
- Save imports from previous generation consoles
- Support for PlayStation 5 activities
Cars and blueprints
- Fixed an issue in Career Mode where players would appear under their car
- Fixed an issue with the anti-lock brake system
- Fixed an issue where the heavily supported logo light would reflect off cars while on the right track
- Fixed lighting issue on some night race tracks
- Fixed an issue where high passes would cause difficulties while pitting certain tracks
- Fixed an issue where the AI would exit the battlefield and cut corners in Homestead
- Fixed an issue where the AI would control the user’s car when passing by the entrance to the stop
- Fixed an issue that incorrectly displayed various stats for stages in the ranking menu
- Fixed an issue where a quick selection of options from the parking garage menu would trigger Software Lock
- Fixed an issue that would cause the title to crash while idle on the race results screen in COTA after unlocking the “Road Course Ringer” and “Winner” trophies
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Source: NASCAR 21: Ignition