The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S define Microsoft's next-generation vision, promising major graphical upgrades across your games, now clearer, smoother, and faster than ever before. The two consoles pack a ton of cutting-edge technology to enable those gains, with the latest CPU and GPU architectures from AMD, and lightning-fast solid-state storage.
While Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S play existing Xbox One titles via backward compatibility, most upcoming games (and select upgraded titles) perform best on next-gen hardware. Assigned the "Optimized for Xbox Series X|S" badge, these titles draw the best from their respective systems. While still early days, we've assembled a list of every confirmed Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game, including resolutions, framerates, and other new features.
What is Optimized for Xbox Series X|S?
Microsoft's next Xbox flagship introduces a sizeable leap in horsepower, while its low-cost counterpart proves ideal for budget-conscious and casual players. While the new generation facilitates countless titles once impossible before Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the consoles also play thousands of existing Xbox One games out of the box. The "Optimized for Series X|S" label clearly denotes titles designed for next-generation systems, whether built from the ground up or retroactively updated with enhanced visuals.
Optimized for Series X|S is the broad term for next-generation titles, with many embracing each console's signature features. Those can include boosted resolution, upgraded framerates up to 120 frames-per-second (FPS), or high dynamic range (HDR) for popping colors. Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S also pack ray tracing support for advanced lighting and reflections, enabled across some cutting-edge titles.
The final component is Xbox Smart Delivery, which ensures your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S automatically pulls the best available version of your game. To ease the transition from Xbox One, supported titles provide free visual upgrades without needing to buy them twice. While not mandatory on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, it's a consumer-friendly initiative for some cross-generation releases.
In short, Optimized for Series X|S represents the best of the new consoles. Titles sporting this badge feature Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S upgrades, bringing out the most value from your new Xbox.
List of Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S games
With next-generation hardware soon on store shelves, a growing number of titles have committed to upgrades. But not all upgrades will be available on November 10. We've rounded up all the games with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S patches scheduled for launch day, including their performance targets and features for each console. This list will regularly update as new optimizations go live.
Xbox Series X, Series S Optimized Games at launch
|Game||Resolution||HDR||FPS||Ray Tracing||Smart Delivery|
|Ailment & Endurance Bundle||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|ARK: Survival Evolved (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS on Xbox Series X, 30 FPS on Xbox Series S||No||Yes|
|Blacksmith of the Sand Kingdom||-||-||-||-||-|
|Borderlands 3 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Bright Memory 1.0 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||No||60 FPS||No||N/A|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS - 120 FPS on Xbox Series X, 60 FPS on Xbox Series S||Yes||No|
|Call of Duty: Warzone (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||120 FPS on Xbox Series X, 60 FPS on Xbox Series S||No||No|
|Cuisine Royale (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||No||60 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Dead by Daylight (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||No||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (opens in new tab)||1080p - 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||30 FPS - 120 FPS on Xbox Series X, 30 FPS - 60 FPS on Xbox Series S||Yes (On Series X)||No|
|DiRT 5 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS - 120 FPS||-||Yes|
|Enlisted||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||-||60 FPS||Yes||N/A|
|Evergate||4K on Xbox Series X||-||60 FPS||No||-|
|The Falconeer (opens in new tab)||1800p - 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p - 1800p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60FPS - 120FPS||No||Yes|
|Fortnite (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Forza Horizon 4 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Gears Tactics (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Gears 5 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS - 120 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Grounded (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|King Oddball (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||No||120 FPS||No||Yes|
|Maneater (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||-||60 FPS||No (Coming Soon)||Yes|
|Manifold Garden (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||No||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|NBA 2K21 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||Yes||No|
|Observer: System Redux (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||Yes||No|
|Ori and the Will of the Wisps (opens in new tab)||4K - 6K supersampled on Xbox Series X, 1080p - 4K on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 - 120 FPS||No||Yes|
|Planet Coaster (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||No||Yes|
|Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Tetris Effect: Connected (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|The Touryst (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S||No||120 FPS||No||Yes|
|War Thunder (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||-||60 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Warhammer Chaosbane: Slayer Edition (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||-||-||-||-|
|Watch Dogs Legion (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||30 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship||4K on Xbox Series X||-||-||-||Yes|
|Yakuza: Like a Dragon (opens in new tab)||1440p - 4K on Xbox Series X, 900p - 1440p on Xbox Series S||No||30 FPS - 60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Yes, Your Grace (opens in new tab)||-||-||60 FPS||No||Yes|
But with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S serving an entirely new hardware generation, all the top upcoming releases have eyes set on optimizations, too. We've also rounded up all the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S still to come, including the performance targets and known features so far.
Xbox Series X, Series S Optimized Games coming soon
|Game||Resolution||HDR||FPS||Ray Tracing||Smart Delivery|
|As Dusk Falls||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||-||-|
|Balan Wonderworld||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||-||Yes|
|Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead||-||-||-||-||-|
|Bright Memory: Infinite||4K on Xbox Series X||-||60 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Call of the Sea||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Chorus: Rise as One||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Concept Destruction (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||-||60 FPS||-||Yes|
|Control||4K on Xbox Series X||-||-||-||No — Upgrade via Ultimate Edition|
|Cris Tales||4K on Xbox Series X||-||-||-||-|
|CrossCode||4K on Xbox Series X||-||120 FPS||No||Yes|
|CrossfireX||4K on Xbox Series X||-||-||-||Yes|
|Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||-||Yes|
|CYGNI: All Guns Blazing||-||-||-||-||-|
|Dead Island 2 (opens in new tab)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Dead Static Drive||-||-||-||-||-|
|Destiny 2 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Dying Light 2||-||-||-||-||-|
|Echo Generation||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||-||Yes|
|ExoMecha||4K on Xbox Series X||-||120 FPS||-||Yes|
|Far Cry 6 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||-||Yes|
|FIFA 21 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||No||No — Limited Time Upgrade via EA|
|Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|Forza Motorsport||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||Yes||N/A|
|For Honor||4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60 FPS||No||-|
|GONNER2 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||No||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Grand Theft Auto V||-||-||-||-||-|
|Halo Infinite||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||120 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Halo: The Master Chief Collection||Dynamic 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S||HDR||120 FPS||No||Yes|
|Hello Neighbor 2||4K on Xbox Series X||-||-||-||Yes|
|HITMAN 3||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||-||Yes|
|Hood: Outlaws and Legends||-||-||-||-||-|
|Immortals Fenyx Rising||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Just Dance 2021||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|JYDGE (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||-||120 FPS||No||Yes|
|Madden NFL 21 (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||-||No — Limited Time Upgrade via EA|
|Marvel's Avengers (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||-||Yes|
|Metal: Hellsinger||4K on Xbox Series X||-||120 FPS||-||Yes|
|Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom||4K on Xbox Series X||-||120 FPS||-||-|
|Mortal Kombat 11 (opens in new tab)||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|No Man's Sky||4K on Xbox Series X||-||60 FPS on Xbox Series X, 30 FPS - 60 FPS on Xbox Series S||-||Yes|
|Nth^0: Infinity Reborn||-||-||-||-||-|
|Orphan of the Machine||4K on Xbox Series X||-||120 FPS||-||-|
|Outriders||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||-||Yes|
|Overcooked! All You Can Eat||4K on Xbox Series X||No||60 FPS||-||-|
|Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|Poker Club (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||Yes||Yes|
|Puyo Puyo Tetris 2||-||-||60 FPS||-||Yes|
|Resident Evil Village||-||-||-||-||N/A|
|RIDE 4||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||Yes||Yes|
|Riders Republic||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||No||Yes|
|Rogue Company||4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S||-||120 FPS||-||Yes|
|Roots of Pacha||-||-||-||-||-|
|Scarlet Nexus (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||No||-||-||Yes|
|Scorn||4K on Xbox Series X||No||60 FPS||-||N/A|
|Second Extinction||-||No||120 FPS||-||Yes|
|Senua's Saga: Hellblade II||-||-||-||-||N/A|
|Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One||-||-||-||-||-|
|Song of Iron||4K on Xbox Series X||-||60 FPS||-||-|
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2||4K on Xbox Series X||-||60 FPS||Yes||N/A|
|State of Decay 3||-||-||-||-||N/A|
|Star Wars: Squadrons||Dynamic 4K on Xbox Series X, Dynamic 1440p on Xbox Series S||HDR||60FPS - 120FPS on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S||No||No|
|The Artful Escape||-||-||-||-||-|
|The Ascent||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||-||Yes|
|The Big Con||-||-||-||-||-|
|The Elder Scrolls VI||-||-||-||-||-|
|The Gunk||-||-||60 FPS||-||Yes|
|The Lord of the Rings: Gollum||-||-||-||-||-|
|The Medium||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||30 FPS||Yes||N/A|
|The Outer Worlds||4K on Xbox Series X||-||-||-||Yes|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine||-||-||-||-||-|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2||-||-||-||-||-|
|Undead Horde (opens in new tab)||4K on Xbox Series X||-||120 FPS||No||Yes|
|Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy||-||-||-||-||-|
|Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (opens in new tab)||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|Warframe (opens in new tab)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Warhammer 40,000: Darktide||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||60 FPS||-||N/A|
|Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood||-||-||-||-||-|
|World of Tanks||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||-||Yes|
|World of Warships: Legends||4K on Xbox Series X||HDR||-||-||Yes|
Expect new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Optimized titles in the lead-up to (and beyond) the console launch, currently scheduled for later in 2020. Let us know which existing or upcoming games you'd like to see upgraded for Xbox Series X in the comments section below.
What is 4K resolution for Xbox Series X?
Many Xbox Series X Optimized games support 4K, referring to the output resolution, or the number of pixels shown on-screen. The 4K output of Xbox Series X results in 8.2 million pixels, arranged in a 3840 x 2160 arrangement, bringing improved clarity over much of the Xbox One family. While the Xbox One X supports 4K gaming, the Xbox Series X treats 4K as a baseline and more consistently hits that target without visual trickery. The Xbox Series S does not target 4K gaming, commonly delivering 1080p and 1440p instead.
What is HDR for Xbox Series X?
High dynamic range (HDR) has seen a steady rise in gaming, with Microsoft first jumping aboard with Xbox One S and Xbox One X, with efforts extending to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The technique relates to how images are displayed on-screen, outputting higher contrast ratios and wider color gamuts across visuals. The result is striking vibrance, with darker blacks, blinding whites, and all the intertwined details. It's less taxing than many other enhancements but has a considerable impact on games' overall tone.
What's the difference between 60 FPS and 120 FPS?
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S put a notable focus on higher framerates, enabled by upgrades to hardware. The number of frames displayed over a certain period directly relates to gameplay's fluidity, measured in frames-per-second (FPS), with higher framerates enabling smoother experiences. For example, while many Xbox One games run at 30 FPS, some push to 60 FPS in pursuit of fluid gameplay.
While the Xbox One supports 60 FPS and beyond, many games failed to push beyond 30 FPS due to hardware limitations. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S alleviate several bottlenecks, with Microsoft suggesting 60 FPS will emerge as a more frequent baseline for the next generation. Many Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S titles also pursue 120 FPS, enabling previously impossible experiences, once reserved for PC.
What is ray tracing for Xbox Series X?
Interest and investment in ray tracing have risen, with Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5, and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX GPU lineup all tailored for support. This advanced rendering technology elevates video game lighting and better simulates how light interacts with virtual objects. It's the next advancement in lighting and reflections, with a profound impact on scenes' portrayal.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S deliver ray tracing through Microsoft's own DirectX Raytracing technology, coupled with internals specifically designed to support its debut. The best example comes with Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X, showcasing London in an all-new light.
Are Xbox Series X, Series S games free upgrades?
It depends. Xbox Series X|S Optimized denotes games designed with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in mind, enabling higher resolutions, improved framerates, and other upgrades previously impossible with the Xbox One family. If an Optimized game releases on Xbox One too, developers can choose to provide free cross-generation upgrades, making a move to the new console a little easier.
The main upgrade route involves Smart Delivery, Microsoft's standardized initiative for friction-free upgrades between consoles. Supported Xbox Smart Delivery titles automatically grant the best available version for your console, meaning that if you buy Halo Infinite on Xbox One, a better version awaits when you switch to Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. That works for physical discs and digital downloads, with Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and more among early adopters.
However, Smart Delivery isn't mandatory, and developers aren't obligated to provide a free upgrade. For example, when a developer puts additional time into developing visual enhancements, they're allowed to charge for their effects on Xbox Series consoles. For added confusion, publishers like Electronic Arts opted out of Smart Delivery with Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21, while still providing a free upgrade via a more restrictive limited-time offer.
Xbox Series X/S
Kind of early for this, huh?
We'll be updating this on the regular as new games announce support over the months ahead :)
Surely these games will be built for series x, not just simply enhanced versions of the xbox one versions. I doubt very much Microsoft will simply market these as enhanced, I wouldn't be happy to think they are just enhanced versions. I want to know they are built for series x.
These games will more than likely be built to run with Game Core, not just a specific system. I believe what will happen is MS will just market these games as Xbox games since they will run with both systems. They are obviously trying to drop classifications of systems by calling the system a series instead of a new name of Xbox.
With smart delivery game developers can make two game designs for the same game once set of settings for the lower end hardware mean Xbox one X and below, and then the other game design for the taking full advantage of the Xbox series X and smart delivery will deliver the correct settings for the correct hardware it detect.
That hurts, man. I bought my X in December. I should have waited, but I was greedy. Anyway, I'm happy.
YOLO! Be greedy 1 more time 😎
I got the impression the article means these games will be on Xbox One. I honestly don't think Everwild and Hellblade 2 are enhanced Series X titles. They are in early development. Won't see the light of day until 2022. Same with Obsidians new RPG. Not gonna be Xbox One. These will be Series X titles only. I don't see these titles as part of the first year or 2 cross Gen titles. Their release is to far away.
Uh the Rare website literally lists Xbox One as a console for Everwild, so yes it will be on the Xbox One. I'm pretty sure the developers would know. Hellblade 2 could go either way we will have to wait and see on that one, but if they could scale down Senua's Sacrifice to run on the Switch they could easily scale Hellblade 2 to run on at least the One X (actually that would be really simple to do). Hell they could even scale it to the Xbox One if they wanted to. If Sea of Thieves can run on a 0.4 TFLOP (because that seems to be the only thing people care about) GPU then scaling down HB2 could be done if they wanted to/are allowed to.
Maybe Everwild is further along than I thought. But Hellblade 2 definately started recently. And Hellblade 1 took 3 and half years to make. I just don't see Hellblade 2 being ready for the first 2 years. Same with Obsidians new RPG. They only just released TOW. So unless the Dev time is 2 years or less I don't see it happening on Xbox One.
Pretty sure any game from now on than can be handled on an Xbox one as minimum spec requirement, will be on it... It's more potential customers... I'don't see a reason why it couldn't be launched on all compatible Device
Mainly due to MS saying they would support Xbox One for 1-2 years. Hellblade 2 was inky announced in late 2019. With game development I don't expect to see Hellblade 2 before 2022 Xmas. I'd wager its not on Xbox One as its only in early development.
Rainbow Six Seige is confirmed to be Xbox Series X enhanced. The have mentioned it in relation to Smart Delivery. Ie, buy now, play on future Xbox Series X, with upgraded performance.
Is it weird that outside of Hellblade II and Cyberpunk, the only other thing I'm excited about is Warframe coming to next gen?
Question: With Series X enhanced, what TV will have HDMI 2.1 right now and end of this year to get full best performance?
All Samsung series 60t though 90t qled he's have an HDMI 2.1 port wait till around remember when these consoles come out both TVs will be on sale as well.
This is where I look like a complete fool. But, is there a game on Xbox that has a persistent inline presence, something like (how I imagine Eve online), one where people can go on, any time to the same universe and play? That on game pass could be good. Even whilst typing, I have my doubts about my understanding...
Destiny 2, Fallout 76, and Warframe are a few if I understand you correctly. Elder Scrolls Online also.
Considering the high specs for Series X just having a game that is enhanced to take advantage of the console will place it well above anything we have now. The only thing that will be missing from Forza is the smell of the rubber as you whip around the track.
I think that's going to be on the next generation. Ha. I heard that it's going to have something similar to a hot glue gun built inside and you'll have to replace the rubber stick cartridges ever so often.
Forza MS 2020 yes, but I want Forza Horizon 5 too on PC too!
Assassins creed will be locked at 30fps? That's kind of bad
From what I've heard, it's not a hardware problem, but rather Ubisoft janky gaming engine that they're using. It's struggling on a 2080ti on PC as well
No, they have said that the game will be gauranteed at least 30 frames minimum.
Keyword minimum. Poor choice of wording. Considering that every generation has been 30 frames per second, making that statement could lead potential consumers to lose confidence in the new hardware and question the point of upgrading to the newest console. Another dumb mistep comment. Of course it should be 30 frames per second minimum. That's a no-brainer. If it was going to be 4K 60, they would have just said that, which leads me to believe that there's going to be two modes for the game: 4K/30fps and a 60fps performance mode running at a lower resolution. If it's less than 4K at 30fps, then Ubisoft needs to be ran out of the gaming industry. I did see a video on YouTube stating that the game isn't running well on PC either and that Ubisoft's game engine isn't that great. It was either on Dee Batch, Dealer or one of those guys channel. Ubisoft did Microsoft no favor by making this statement.
Can we add all Xbox One games to this list? I remember Spencer said the existing Xbox one library will work on series x with higher resolutions and framerates without developer effort.. It'll just play them with higher resolution thanks to console's power. He didn't mention 4k but for the majority of xbox one games I think that's possible. Also Xbox 360 backwards compatible games..
I don't think Gears 5 will have ray tracing. It seems like a mistake.
What about the wolfenstien series? Thought those were getting enhanced?
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