Xbox Series X: game titles at launch and beyond

So, you managed to fight off the digital horde to pre-order the beefy Xbox Series X, or perhaps opted for the convenience of the Series S. What now? What games will you be able to play come November 10 and beyond?

With Halo Infinite delayed into 2021, Microsoft’s new consoles won’t have much in the way of platform exclusives, but that’s not to say you can’t test the hardware with a bunch of exciting upcoming releases.

Launch titles to get excited about

To break things into smaller chunks of info, here are the games that will be launching alongside the Xbox Series X and S consoles on November 10, confirmed to take full advantage of the new hardware.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Despite initially being billed as Yakuza 7, this one’s actually the eight main game in the Japanese series. What sets Like a Dragon apart from other Yakuza games is a switch from action to turn-based RPG gameplay, in addition to a new cast of characters after Kiryu’s saga. If the trailers are anything to go by, Like a Dragon looks set to capture the Yakuza series’ trademark over-the-top story and humour, along with highly lovable characters.

Gears Tactics
Currently available on PC via Game Pass, Gears Tactics will be making its console debut across Xbox Series X and S. For its PC launch earlier this year, the shooter-turned-tactical game scored a healthy 80 on critical aggregate website Metacritic, indicating a decent spinoff.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Norse mythology is so hot right now. After 2018’s stellar God of War reboot featured a rich Nordic setting, it was only a matter of time until others took inspiration from the rich tapestry of stories on offer. Ubisoft’s previous entry, the Greek-inspired Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, was terrific, if a little bloated, which Valhalla promises to address with a slightly reduced scale.

Most importantly, Valhalla features cats. Yes, you can pet them, too.

In addition to the above games, here’s what will be launching or getting enhancements at launch alongside Microsoft’s latest consoles.

  • Black Desert: Prestige Edition
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bright Memory 1.0
  • Cuisine Royale
  • Dead By Daylight
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • Dirt 5
  • Enlisted
  • Evergate
  • The Falconeer
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Grounded
  • King Oddball
  • Maneater
  • Manifold Garden
  • NBA 2K21
  • No Man’s Sky – Next Generation Update
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Overcooked: All You Can Eat
  • Planet Coaster
  • Rogue Company
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Touryst
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
  • Yes, Your Grace

Games to receive updates for Xbox Series X and S

Microsoft is spruiking the benefits of its “Smart Delivery” system, which refers to games playable on previous consoles that will receive enhancements specific to the console you’re playing on.

However, this won’t necessarily be an automatic upgrade, as each game must support the upgrades individually, and they won’t all be available at launch.

For example, Cyberpunk 2077, which is due out November 19, won’t see a next-gen boost until the developers release an update in 2021. Fortunately, Smart Delivery means that you only need to purchase eligible games once, and subsequent enhancements will be at no extra cost.

Here’s what we currently know will support Smart Delivery, separate to the already-mentioned launch titles.

  • Halo Infinite 
  • Cyberpunk 2077 
  • Scarlet Nexus 
  • Chorus 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 
  • The Ascent 
  • Call of the Sea 
  • Gears 5 
  • Second Extinction 
  • Metal: Hellslinger

Additionally, Eurogamer reports the following current-gen games will also receive Xbox Series X enhancements, although it’s unknown if all will specifically operate through Smart Delivery.

  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Dead By Daylight
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Doom Eternal
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Tell Me Why
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Grounded
  • Control
  • GTA 5
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Warframe

Everything else

Everything mentioned so far is what will be or become available for Xbox Series X and S during the ‘launch period’ — a vague estimation of time that differs depending on who you ask.

As for what else will be playable across Xbox Series X and S? IGN lists a complete rundown of games, including those with and without specific release dates.

  • 12 Minutes
  • Aragami 2
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Balan Wonderworld
  • Battlefield 6
  • Bloodbowl 3
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chivalry 2
  • Chorus
  • Control
  • Cris Tales
  • Crossfire X
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Cygni: All Guns Blazing
  • Demon Turf
  • Destiny 2
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • DiRT 5
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dragon Age 4
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Dying Light 2
  • Earthlock 2
  • Echo Generation
  • Everwild
  • Exo One
  • Exomecha
  • Fable
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Gears 5
  • Gears Tactics
  • Gotham Knights
  • Gothic Remake
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Graven
  • Grounded
  • Halo Infinite
  • Haven
  • Hitman 3
  • Hello Neighbor 2
  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Hyper Scape
  • Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  • In Sound Mind
  • Lake
  • Last Stop
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Little Nightmares 2
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Mad Streets
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Metal Hellsinger
  • MicroMan
  • Moonray
  • NBA 2K21
  • Nth^0 Infinity Reborn
  • Observer (System Redux)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outriders
  • Overcooked: All You Can Eat
  • Paradise Lost
  • Party Crasher Simulator
  • Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Planet Coaster
  • Pragmata
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Psyhotel
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Recompile
  • Resident Evil: Village
  • Sable
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Sea of Thieves
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
  • State of Decay 3
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
  • Scorn
  • Shredders
  • Song of Iron
  • Soulborn
  • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • Tell Me Why
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Ascent
  • The Big Con
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Falconeer
  • The Gunk
  • The Invincible
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • The Medium
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Sims 5
  • The Second Extinction
  • The Witcher 3
  • Tunic
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Unexplored 2 – The Wayfarer’s Legacy
  • Unknown 9: Awakening
  • Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Vampire the Masquerade – Swansong
  • Warframe
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
  • White Shadows
  • WRC 9
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Plus, with Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media (of Bethesda fame) with the loose change they found in the couch, you better believe there will be plenty more to look forward to.

About Author

Chris is an award-nominated writer based in Adelaide who specialises in covering video games and technology. He loves Donkey Kong Country, sport, and cats. The Last Jedi is the best one, no questions asked.

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