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Next Generation” is a big term with huge connotations. Players assume all things next-gen must be incredibly shiny and resource heavy, while developers suddenly have a big new platform to build their games for. Whenever new generations arrive, people become confused and big marketing terms are thrown around in order to garner hype. As 2020 comes to a close, the Next Generation of console gaming has finally arrived and, rater appropriately, so have the questions that usually surround a generational leap. Microsoft’s powerful new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S spearhead the new console generation, and with them comes a bunch of Optimised for Xbox Series X|S titles to enjoy.

Having rolled out globally on 10 November 2020, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the consoles spearheading the next generation ganging promising huge leaps in graphical fidelity and never-before-seen loading times. Microsoft’s trump card in the new generation, however, is the absolutely massive library of backward compatible games. Never before has a console launched with a library of thousands of video games — and if Microsoft’s vision for the future becomes mainstream, every Xbox console will always have access to games within unique ecosystem. This is thanks in large part how Microsoft has embraced backwards compatibility. There are hundreds of Original Xbox titles and thousands of Xbox 360 titles already available on Xbox One; with the launch of Xbox Series X|S, all of those titles and every single game playable on Xbox One will also be playable on the new systems. This incredible feat notwithstanding, there are a number of titles that have already been updated with enhancements specifically for the Next Generation!

These optimised titles, suitably labelled with “Optimised for Xbox Series X|S”, aim to help gamers enter the Next Generation with a bang. Most of these titles draw from the immense horsepower, and bountiful speeds offered by the new console hardware. Obviously, all Optimised for Xbox Series X|S games come with enhancements only capable with new hardware. These can include, but are not limited to, boosted resolutions, unlocked and/or upgraded framerates, High-Dynamic Range (HDR) support, and even support for enhanced lighting and reflections thanks to ray tracing! At launch, however, it could be daunting to figure out which of these titles will showcase the full breadth of the new consoles (only future games will really showcase what these new machines are capable of, but it is nice that optimisations are even happening for older titles). As such, we have compiled a list of all Optimised for Xbox Series X|S games at launch.


Game
Resolution
High Dynamic Range (HDR)Frames Per Second (FPS)RaytracingSmart Delivery
ARK: Survival Evolved
4K on Xbox Series X
N/A30 FPS to 60 FPSN/AYes
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPS on Xbox Series X
30 FPS on Xbox Series S
NoYes
Borderlands 3
4K on Xbox Series X
Yes60 FPSNoYes
Bright Memory 1.0
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
N/A60 FPSN/AN/A
Cuisine Royale
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
N/A60 FPSYesYes
Dead by Daylight
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
No60 FPSNoNo
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
1080p – 4K on Xbox Series X
Yes30 FPS – 120 FPSXbox Series X OnlyNo
Standalone purchase
Dirt 5
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPS – 120 FPSN/AYes
Enlisted
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
N/A60 FPSYesN/A
Evergate
4K on Xbox Series X
N/A60 FPSNoN/A
The Falconeer
1800p – 4K on Xbox Series X
1080p – 1800p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPS – 120 FPSNoYes
Fortnite
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPSNoYes
Forza Horizon 4
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPSNoYes
Gears 5
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPS – 120 FPSYesYes
Gears Tactics
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPSNoYes
Grounded
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPSNoYes
King Oddball
4K on Xbox Series X
No120 FPSNoYes
Maneater
4K on Xbox Series X
N/A60 FPSYesYes
Manifold Garden
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
No60 FPSNoYes
NBA 2K21
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
YesN/AYesNo
DLC Purchase
Observer: System redux
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPSYesNo
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
4K – 6K Supersampled on Xbox Series X
1440p – 4K Supersampled on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPS – 120 FPSNoYes
Planet Coaster
4K on Xbox Series X
YesN/ANoYes
Sea of Thieves
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPSNoYes
Tetris Effect: Connected
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
Yes60 FPSNoYes
The Touryst
4K on Xbox Series X
4K supersampled on Xbox Series S
No120 FPSNoYes
War Thunder
4K on Xbox Series X
N/A60 FPSYesYes
Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
N/A30 FPS – 60 FPSN/AYes
Watch Dogs Legion
4K on Xbox Series X
1080p on Xbox Series S
Yes30 FPSYesYes
WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
4K on Xbox Series X
1440p on Xbox Series S
N/A30 FPS – 60 FPSN/AYes
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
1440p – 4K on Xbox Series X
900p – 1440p on Xbox Series S
No30 FPS – 60 FPSNoYes

The list is truly immense! the crowning achievement here, however, is that these titles are only those that are available right at launch. There are already hundreds more, from a combination of backwards compatible games and new games still releasing in the next couple of years that are still in the works. Upcoming titles with confirmed optimisations include Cyberpunk 2077, Forza Motorsport 7, and even Control. The wonderful aspect of the Optimised for Xbox Series X|S label is that it is genuinely easy for new console owners to jump into the action and push their consoles to the limits. Which titles will you be playing at launch? Let us know!

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Sources: Xbox (official site), Xbox Wire

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