Xbox Series XSource: Matt Brown | Windows Central

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.

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What is Optimized for Xbox Series X|S?

Optimized for Xbox Series X|S Games made for next-generation Xbox consoles rock the "Optimized for Xbox Series X|S" tagline.Source: Matt Brown | Windows Central

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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
ARK: Survival Evolved 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 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
Borderlands 3 4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Bright Memory 1.0 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 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 4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S No 60 FPS Yes Yes
Dead by Daylight 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S No 60 FPS No Yes
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition 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 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 1800p - 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p - 1800p on Xbox Series S HDR 60FPS - 120FPS No Yes
Fortnite 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Forza Horizon 4 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Gears Tactics 4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Gears 5 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS - 120 FPS Yes Yes
Grounded 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
King Oddball 4K on Xbox Series X No 120 FPS No Yes
Maneater 4K on Xbox Series X - 60 FPS No (Coming Soon) Yes
Manifold Garden 4K on Xbox Series X No 60 FPS No Yes
NBA 2K21 4K on Xbox Series X HDR - Yes No
Observer: System Redux 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS Yes No
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 4K - 6K supersampled on Xbox Series X, 1080p - 4K on Xbox Series S HDR 60 - 120 FPS No Yes
Planet Coaster 4K on Xbox Series X HDR - No Yes
Sea of Thieves 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Tetris Effect: Connected 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS No Yes
The Touryst 4K on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S No 120 FPS No Yes
War Thunder 4K on Xbox Series X, 1440p on Xbox Series S - 60 FPS Yes Yes
Warhammer Chaosbane: Slayer Edition 4K on Xbox Series X - - - -
Watch Dogs Legion 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 1440p - 4K on Xbox Series X, 900p - 1440p on Xbox Series S No 30 FPS - 60 FPS No Yes
Yes, Your Grace - - 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
12 Minutes - - - - -
Apex Legends - - - - N/A
As Dusk Falls 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS - -
Avowed - - - - N/A
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
Chivalry 2 - - - - Yes
Chorus: Rise as One 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS Yes Yes
Concept Destruction 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 4K on Xbox Series X HDR - - Yes
CYGNI: All Guns Blazing - - - - -
Dead Island 2 - - - - -
Dead Static Drive - - - - -
Demon Turf - - - - -
Destiny 2 4K on Xbox Series X, 1080p on Xbox Series S HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Dustborn - - - - -
Dying Light 2 - - - - -
Echo Generation 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS - Yes
Everwild - - - - N/A
ExoMecha 4K on Xbox Series X - 120 FPS - Yes
Exo One - - - - -
Fable - - - - N/A
Far Cry 6 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS - Yes
FIFA 21 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 -
Flea Madness - - - - -
Ghostrunner - - - - Yes
GONNER2 4K on Xbox Series X No 60 FPS No Yes
Gothic - - - - -
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 - - - - -
Hyper Scape - - - - -
Immortals Fenyx Rising 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS No Yes
Just Dance 2021 - - - - Yes
JYDGE 4K on Xbox Series X - 120 FPS No Yes
Lake - - - - -
Last Stop - - - - -
Madden NFL 21 4K on Xbox Series X HDR - - No — Limited Time Upgrade via EA
Mad Streets - - - - -
Marvel's Avengers 4K on Xbox Series X HDR - - Yes
Metal: Hellsinger 4K on Xbox Series X - 120 FPS - Yes
MicroMan - - - - -
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom 4K on Xbox Series X - 120 FPS - -
Mortal Kombat 11 - - - - Yes
Mørkredd - - - - -
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 - -
Overwatch 2 - - - - -
Paradise Lost - - - - -
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis - - - - Yes
Poker Club 4K on Xbox Series X HDR 60 FPS Yes Yes
Pragmata - - - - No
Psychonauts 2 - - - - Yes
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 - - 60 FPS - Yes
Recompile - - - - -
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 - - - - -
Samurai Shodown - - - - -
Scarlet Nexus 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 - - - - -
Shredders - - - - -
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
Starfield - - - - -
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 4K on Xbox Series X No Yes No Yes
Tunic - - - - -
Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 - - - - -
Undead Horde 4K on Xbox Series X - 120 FPS No Yes
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy - - - - -
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 - - - - Yes
Warframe - - - - -
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?

Gears 5 Microsoft upgrades Gears 5 with a free Xbox Series X refresh this holiday, boosting resolutions and framerates title-wide.Source: Microsoft

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?

Bright Memory Infinite Xbox Series X This ray-traced shooter, Bright Memory Infinite, hits Xbox Series X with just one developer behind the project.Source: PLAYISM

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.

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