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Madden 23 Skill-Based Passing: Best Settings

Madden NFL 23 launched worldwide for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC on Aug. 19, 2022.
Madden NFL 23 launched worldwide for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC on Aug. 19, 2022. / Image courtesy of EA Sports

Madden 23 has officially arrived and the main gameplay draw this time around, at least for those on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, is the new FieldSENSE Gameplay System.

According to EA Sports, FieldSENSE is the foundation for "consistent, ultra-realistic" gameplay that gives next-gen players more control at every position in every game mode in Madden NFL 23.

One of the core pillars of FieldSENSE is the addition of Skill-Based Passing. Here's a breakdown of the best Skill-Based Passing settings in Madden 23.

Madden 23 Skill-Based Passing: Best Settings

In Madden 23, Skill-Based Passing is designed to give players much more control over every pass they throw by combining a new passing meter to dictate the power and trajectory of their passes, and a new stick control for pinpoint precision.

With Skill-Based Passing, players can now lead receivers open and place the ball where only they can get it. Players have the ability to make back-shoulder throws, place it into the perfect spot on a corner route, hit a receiver for an end zone fade or drop it over the defense on a streak.

In order to ensure that your Skill-Based Passing is working as efficiently as possible, here are the best Game Options settings for the feature in Madden 23:

  • Passing Type: Placement & Accuracy
  • Passing Slowdown: Off
  • Free-Form Reticle Max Distance: Near
  • Free-Form Reticle Speed: 7/20
  • Reticle Visibility: Visible
  • Meter Visibility: Visible

Essentially, these settings make sure that everything is functioning how it should and serves as a solid foundation that all players can start with and tune the more they figure out what they prefer.

Passing Slowdown is off by default in online play, so you might as well not get used to it.

The Free-Form Reticle Max Distance is up to player preference between Near and Far, but Near will be easier for most to complete passes.

The Free-Form Reticle Speed is similar to a sensitivity setting in any shooting game and does depend quite a bit on the release speed of the quarterback you're using.


Madden NFL 23 is available now on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC (via EA app, Origin, Steam and Epic Games Store).

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