Optimized for Xbox Series X game badge revealed, goes 'way beyond just 4K'

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Xbox Series X (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's upcoming next-generation console.
  • It's expected to launch in Holiday 2020.
  • If a game is enhanced for Xbox Series X, it's going to have a "Optimized for Xbox Series X" badge.
  • This should help customers determine if a title will look even better on the upcoming console.

Today, Microsoft will reveal the first gameplay for Xbox Series X. Hotly-anticipated titles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla are expected to be showcased, but there are some major surprises in there too based on what Xbox head Phil Spencer shared on Twitter. It's definitely going to be an exciting show and we can't wait to see how games run on the system.

We're expecting almost all of the games to be either 4K resolution and 60 frames per second (FPS) or 120 FPS. However, only time will tell if Microsoft is able to deliver. It's up to partners to push the visuals on the console, but having 12 teraflops (TFLOPS) handy — 2 to 3 more than the PlayStation 5 — should help it hit those targets.


Let's say that you're browsing Amazon for the latest game release and you're unsure if it's optimized for Xbox Series X. Well, all you have to do is look for the "Optimized for Xbox Series X" badge. Just like the "Xbox One X Enhanced" badge, this will tell you if a game will look the best on Xbox Series X or not. It's unclear if other designations like "4K" or "60 FPS" will be displayed on the box. We should find out in a few hours. Xbox's Aaron Greenberg said that this goes "way beyond just 4K," so that could mean that any game with this badge runs at 4K on the console and featured enhanced effects or a high frame rate.

Tune in to Mixer or any other livestreaming platform at 11 AM EDT on May 7 to watch the gameplay reveal. I feel we're going to be pleasantly surprised by the third-party showcase.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • Sooo...if I don't have a 4K TV should I get this console? I only have a 1440p monitor as well. That is my big question. 1080p should look and run flawlessly and 1440p should do great as well. Or is this 4K or bust?
  • games on this should look significantly better even at 1080P, it has much more advanced graphical functions than the current gen.
  • Not really 4k or bust... Xbox Series X supports ray-tracing and better graphics techniques... Is that a big enough difference? Only you can decide that. But remember Xbox One family systems will be supported up to I believe 2021... so maybe just don't upgrade right away?
  • If you aren't playing games at 4K and/or HDR, you're missing out for sure. But even at 1080p, your games are still going to look better than ever, run smoother than ever, and benefit from stuff like ray-tracing and SSD-driven faster load times. Like Chucky said though, you can just hang tight and see what happens if you're unsure.
  • Maybe Lockheart would actually be a better option for you, but we have to wait and see.
  • Yes the Xbox Series X should have a 1440p option. My Xbox One X has it. I tried it on my Samsung Q9FN 9 Series QLED. Also the Xbox Series X should support Ultra Setting. The Xbox One X was Medium Settings at best
  • Thank you all. I know 1080p will look amazing on it. All I've heard about is 4K...I imagine next year I'll do a 4K TV. I won't be waiting on my Xbox purchase though. It's been a thing for me from day one. If anything, I can hook it up to my PC monitor...and for forgo the RTX 3080 for a year or so...or do both.