Microsoft’s next-generation console, the Xbox Series X, will launch sometime this holiday season. Unlike the PlayStation 5, which has several exclusive titles, Microsoft will be taking much less of a hard-line approach to the generational switch-over.
For example, Microsoft’s tentpole title Halo Infinite will be released on both the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X. Thanks to Microsoft’s new “Smart Delivery” system, if you buy Halo Infinite on the Xbox One, you don’t need to rebuy it on the Series X — you’ll already have it. Ownership of games with Smart Delivery will be tied to your Microsoft account, and will apply across platforms. Backward compatibility matters a lot to the Microsoft team, and now apparently so does frontward compatibility.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Xbox Series X, from its release date to its price. There’s also a lot we don’t know about the new console’s slate of games, such as which ones will support Smart Delivery (although we’ve noted below in the cases where it’s been announced), and which games will look and feel so stunning on the Xbox Series X that they’ll make it worth the upgrade from Xbox One. We’ll just have to wait and see if Microsoft’s super-casual approach to this next generation pays off.
The list below includes all of the Xbox Series X games that we know about so far.
Xbox Series X (and PC) exclusives
This first list of games is exclusive to the Xbox Series X as well as Windows PC, as is typical for Microsoft-published titles. (Paradise Lost and Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will also be available on Steam.)
It’s not yet clear which of these games will be available on the Xbox One as well, which has been a point of contention as well as confusion. For example, Avowed and Everwild have been described as Xbox One titles in the past, but that has since changed.
It seems likely that some of these games will also be released on Xbox One, but we do know that not all of them will be. Scorn’s director, for example, has stated that the game will be next-gen-only.
- As Dusk Falls
- Forza Motorsport
- The Gunk
- The Medium
- Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
- STALKER 2
- State of Decay 3
- Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
This next chunk of games will launch on the Xbox Series X as well as the Xbox One and Windows PC. Although these games will work on the previous generation’s hardware, they’ll be “exclusive” to Xbox and Windows … except that Halo Infinite and Second Extinction: Reclaim Earth will also be sold on Steam.
- The Ascent (Smart Delivery)
- Call of the Sea (Smart Delivery)
- Echo Generation
- Halo Infinite (Smart Delivery)
- Hello Neighbor 2
- Second Extinction: Reclaim Earth
- Tell Me Why
- Tetris Effect: Connected
Xbox Series X multiplatform games
Multiplatform publishers like Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Capcom, and Square Enix are bringing new games to the Xbox Series X. Games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, and Marvel’s Avengers will come to the Xbox One as well as the Xbox Series X; the first two of those games will even have Smart Delivery. Some multiplatform titles — Resident Evil Village, for example — will be next-gen-only.
This list includes games slated to come out in November or later, in an attempt to demarcate when Microsoft’s “next generation” will begin.
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery)
- Balan Wonderworld
- Bright Memory: Infinite
- Chorus (Smart Delivery)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (Smart Delivery)
- Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
- Dying Light 2
- Far Cry 6
- Gods and Monsters
- Hitman 3
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Metal: Hellsinger (Smart Delivery)
- Orphan of the Machine
- The Outer Worlds / The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
- Paradise Lost
- Psychonauts 2
- Resident Evil Village
- Scarlet Nexus (Smart Delivery)
- Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
- Solar Ash
- Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 (Smart Delivery)
- Vampire: The Masquerade — Swansong
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Earthblood
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery)
Xbox One games getting Xbox Series X upgrades
In addition to the above multiplatform games, many live-service and existing games will make the transition from the current generation to the next one. That includes games like Control and Observer, which will get next-gen upgrades. Venerable multiplayer online games like Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite (which is on everything), and Destiny 2 will be available on the Xbox Series X.
Players who already own Gears 5 will be pleased to see that, thanks to Smart Delivery, they’ll be able to play an updated version of the game on Xbox Series X without paying another cent. Dirt 5 publisher Codemasters has also announced Smart Delivery support.
- Chivalry 2
- Cris Tales
- Demon Turf
- Destiny 2
- Dirt 5 (Smart Delivery)
- FIFA 21
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears 5 (Smart Delivery)
- Gears Tactics
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Madden NFL 21
- Marvel’s Avengers
- NBA 2K21
- Observer: System Redux
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Planet Coaster: Console Edition
- Sea of Thieves
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
- Warhammer: Chaosbane
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- WRC 9