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30 Games Optimized to Take Advantage of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

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With the launch of Microsoft's next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, right around the corner, Xbox has released a list of games that have been optimized for the hardware.

These titles are different from the backward compatible games, which are essentially brute-forced on the Xbox Series X|S with some enhancements being added to the games via the hardware. The optimized titles are different because the developer has provided an update that further enhances the games. In some respects, these games will run on par with their PC counterparts, or better.

Gears 5 is a good example, too, as the developer of the game, The Coalition, has confirmed that the game will use full PC Ultra settings with higher-resolution textures and volumetric fog. Also, Playground Games confirmed that Forza Horizon 4 would support a native 4K 60 frames per second, higher visual fidelity at longer distances, and faster loading times.

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Here's a list of the games that have been optimized for play on both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. 

You'll notice some of these games include upcoming titles such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition. While titles that once graced the Xbox One and Xbox One X, including Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4, will look and play differently on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery) 
  • Borderlands 3 (Smart Delivery) 
  • Bright Memory 1.0  
  • Cuisine Royale (Smart Delivery)
  • Dead by Daylight (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition  
  • DIRT 5 (Smart Delivery) 
  • Enlisted  
  • Evergate
  • The Falconeer (Smart Delivery) 
  • Fortnite  
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Gears 5 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Grounded (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • King Oddball (Smart Delivery) 
  • Maneater (Smart Delivery) 
  • Manifold Garden (Smart Delivery) 
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux 
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Planet Coaster (Smart Delivery) 
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • The Touryst (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • War Thunder (Smart Delivery) 
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition  
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Smart Delivery) 
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (Smart Delivery)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery) 
  • Yes, Your Grace (Smart Delivery) 

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The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch on November 10th, 2020. Did you manage to get a pre-order in? Or are you looking to test your luck by picking up either of the consoles in stores on launch day? We'd love to know in the comments.

  • thepersonwithaface45
    Are there any notable exclusives from xbox that are currently not on PC?
    I really don't understand why anyone would opt for the Xbox over a PS5 if that's the case, because the heavy hitters that xbox has, are all on PC.
    Playstation has the real exclusive IPs, and they're great imo.
    I guess for people who game on PC the xbox is a poor choice, you'll be playing the same games you could on either system.
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  • nofanneeded
    thepersonwithaface45 said:
    Are there any notable exclusives from xbox that are currently not on PC?
    I really don't understand why anyone would opt for the Xbox over a PS5 if that's the case, because the heavy hitters that xbox has, are all on PC.
    Playstation has the real exclusive IPs, and they're great imo.
    I guess for people who game on PC the xbox is a poor choice, you'll be playing the same games you could on either system.

    Most people who prefer xbox over PS want Halo games ... it is no secret.
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  • drivinfast247
    nofanneeded said:
    Most people who prefer xbox over PS want Halo games ... it is no secret.
    That is available on PC. Correct?
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  • nofanneeded
    drivinfast247 said:
    That is available on PC. Correct?

    Halo 6 will be available on windows ? last time I checked Halo 5 guardians was Xbox only game same as older games.

    Edit : true ... what kind of a stupid move is this from Microsoft?
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  • thepersonwithaface45
    nofanneeded said:
    Halo 6 will be available on windows ? last time I checked Halo 5 guardians was Xbox only game same as older games.

    Edit : true ... what kind of a stupid move is this from Microsoft?
    Yeah, it hurts me to see people throwing $500 towards an xbox when that can go into the future PC fund, but I understand people's budgets differ as well.
    Then not everyone likes the sony exclusives, just a weird thing for microsoft to not opt for a consumer friendly starting gaming PC that came with a controller and maybe an interface like steams big picture mode-
    I mean I guess that's essentially what the new consoles are except you can only upgrade the storage and nothing else.
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