Microsoft is aiming for around 70 Xbox One X enhanced games during launch week
There are over 150 games with Xbox One X enhancements on the way, but how many will be there for the November 7, 2017 launch?
Games with Xbox One X pre-patches have been hitting existing Xbox One consoles a little at a time, with Gears of War 4 and Killer Instinct already available for pre-download for transferral to your shiny new 4K device. The full list features 162 games in total, with more on the way, detailing all sorts of enhancements from 4K resolution, to improved textures and effects, to increases in frame rate. In some cases, like Rise of the Tomb Raider, games will have different graphics options on the X, prioritizing either resolution or effects based on a user's preference.
Given the huge amount of games on the way, many have been wondering just how many would be available on launch day. In a series of tweets, Xbox's Senior Director for console marketing Albert Penello clarified that Microsoft is gunning for around 70 titles during launch week.
I think we're going to hit in the neighborhood of 70 right around release. I'm pleased given how many people said no devs would support :)I think we're going to hit in the neighborhood of 70 right around release. I'm pleased given how many people said no devs would support :)— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) October 30, 2017October 30, 2017
When asked to clarify what "around release" means, Penello stated that the latest information points to around 70 titles during the first week, subject to development changes. Still, that's a very encouraging number.
We're in the process of reviewing the Xbox One X, which touts 4K gameplay as its biggest selling point. Achieving gaming PC specs that can power Xbox One X-like experiences at the console's $499 price point is extremely difficult, especially when you throw in UHD Blu-ray playback and other features. Having seen games like Assassin's Creed: Origins and Gears of War 4 on the Xbox One X with enhancements, I'm not sure I could go back to standard HD if I had the option of 4K.
Stay tuned to WindowsCentral.com/gaming for all the latest Xbox One X coverage.
You can pre-order the Xbox One X at Amazon or Microsoft for $499, ahead of its planned November 7, 2017 launch date.
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