NASCAR 21: Ignition next-gen upgrade out now for PS5 and Xbox Series X

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A new patch update has been released for NASCAR 21: Ignition, and it includes the long-awaited next-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Next-gen upgrade

Following a delay, the upgrade optimises NASCAR 21: Ignition for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Those who already own the PS4 or Xbox One versions can upgrade for free.

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On PS5 and Xbox Series X, NASCAR 21: Ignition runs at 4K resolution. 4K upscaling is also supported for Xbox Series S. Disappointingly, the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions still run at 30fps, with no performance mode option that switches to 60fps at a reduced resolution.

Save files can be imported from previous generation consoles so you won’t lose any game progress. PS5 activities are also supported.

2022 Season Expansion

There won’t be a new NASCAR 22 game this year. Instead, NASCAR 21: Ignition is getting a 2022 Season Expansion in September featuring the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series teams and drivers along with three Next Gen cars and the 2022 regular season schedule.

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In the meantime, the team at Motorsport Games is focusing on developing NASCAR 23 due to arrive in mid-2023 with tech from KartKraft and rFactor 2.


NASCAR 21: Ignition update 1.5 patch notes

In addition to the next-gen upgrade, the latest patch update contains bug fixes for Career mode, lighting issues, and more.

Check out the NASCAR 21: Ignition update 1.5 patch notes below for a full list of changes.


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Next-gen upgrade for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5

  • 4K resolution at 30 FPS for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5
  • 4k upscaling at 30 FPS for Xbox Series S
  • Online cross-generation console gameplay
  • Save imports from previous generation consoles
  • Support for PlayStation 5 activities

Cars & schemes

  • Fixed an issue for Career Mode where players were appearing under their car
  • Fixed an issue where anti-lock brake system was stuck on
  • Fixed an issue where sponsored logo’s light was heavily reflected on the cars while on track


  • Fixed an issue with the lighting at some of the night race tracks

Pit stops

  • Fixed an issue in which high assists caused difficulties while pitting at certain tracks


  • Fixed an issue in which the AI are driving off the apron and cutting corners short at Homestead
  • Fixed an issue in which AI takes control of a user’s car when passing next to the pit stop entrance


  • Fixed an issue that showed miscellaneous stats incorrectly for stages in standings menu
  • Fixed an issue in which a quick selection of options from the Garage Pause Menu would trigger a softlock
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the title to crash while being idle in Race Results screen at COTA after unlocking the “Road Course Ringer” and “Winner” trophies