Have you just purchased an Xbox Series X? Or are you looking to do so? Here is the collection of the best Xbox Series X games.
As we saw in its full review, the Xbox Series X’s powerful configuration is capable of providing automatic graphics performance, load times, and framerate upgrades for multiple titles from previous Xbox generations. These Xbox Series X-optimized games are available through the Xbox Smart Delivery feature. With Xbox Smart Delivery, you can launch your games on any Xbox machine with a one-time purchase. The settings of the title are then adapted to the hardware used.
What games have been optimized for the Xbox Series X? There are currently a few hundred games that fit into this range, plus a few more in development like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2.
We took the liberty of testing a wide selection of Xbox Series X optimized games, in order to provide you with a list of the best titles currently in circulation.
Best Xbox Series X games:
1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was released on the same day as the Xbox Series X and is a true showcase for the next-gen console. Taking full advantage of the power of the latter, Ubisoft Montreal’s production features native 4K resolution and a frame rate of 60fps by default – the first Assassin’s Creed game brought to the console to offer us this level of graphic performance.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
This is probably the title that best symbolizes the next-gen aesthetic promised by Microsoft. Treyarch and Raven Software have managed to deliver an almost magical optimized version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. On Xbox Series X, the game simultaneously offers a framerate of 60 fps, the ray tracing option, and 4K resolution. This gives us the impression of playing continuously in a cinematic, with graphics that are frighteningly realistic without sacrificing fluidity.
3. Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
Destiny 2 has reached the pinnacle of what Bungie set out to accomplish with its looter shooter, and Witch Queen only underscores that.
The Witch Queen is the definitive campaign for Destiny 2, with a fantastic story, numerous quests, new equipment, and clever systems. Those who have been fans of Destiny for a long time will find that the story brings together threads that have been woven throughout the series for years, adding even more to the game’s rich history.
4. Elden Ring
Developer FromSoftware continues its series of notoriously difficult action-RPG games – or Souls-likes, as ubiquitous as the term is now – with Elden Ring. Set in the fantasy realm of the Netherworld, players must slice and dice their opponents across the realm in hopes of becoming the undisputed and unchallenged Lord.
If you’re afraid of getting caught up in a boring, classic heroic-fantasy universe, fear not. George R.R. Martin, the modern-day bard himself, co-wrote the story. The collaboration between FromSoftware and Martin has resulted in a rich, expansive open world full of mysteries to unravel, a world that begs to be explored.
5. F1 2021
F1 2021 developed by EA and Codemasters hits the starting line with a number of great optimization features. Xbox Series X players have the option of choosing between two graphics modes, both of which retain a beautiful presentation.
The first offers native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. By choosing this standard setting, you can expect razor-sharp images without any disruption to the game’s smoothness. That said, if you have a new HDMI 2.1-equipped TV, you can put it to the test by selecting Performance mode. This one allows you to play at a blistering 120 frames per second, albeit with a reduced resolution of 1440p. We imagine this mode will become the most popular among car simulation enthusiasts.
6. Forza Horizon 5
The first thing you’ll notice when you launch Forza Horizon 5 is how fully detailed every square inch of it is, with 11 different zones, from rural villages to bustling metropolises, to gorgeous beaches and stressful mountain roads. On Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the framerate is capped at 30 fps with the highest graphics fidelity, but whether you choose graphics mode or performance mode (which lets you play at 60 fps), the experience is still extremely spectacular.
7. Gears 5
On the Xbox Series X, Gears 5 has received a fairly significant update via Smart Delivery. The game now displays an experience equivalent to the PC version, with the Ultra settings enabled. This means you get deeper shadows, more particles, and much less messy textures.
There’s an obvious difference between the single-player campaign – which now runs at 4K/60 frames per second, a framerate that’s doubled compared to the Xbox One X version – and the multiplayer mode, which has been increased to 120 frames per second. Fans of the latter will also benefit from a latency that has been cut in half (from 85 to 37 ms between the two generations).
8. Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite exorcises its predecessor. First by capturing the essence of Halo: Combat Evolved (2001), but more importantly by offering one of the most original and exciting Xbox Series X titles of 2021. With – and this is unprecedented in the Halo franchise – incredible freedom of action for the player.
When you first enter the game’s open area and see countless enemies scattered throughout the environment and stretching into the distance, Halo Infinite delivers a massive, muscular sandbox. You’ll have a variety of weapons and special abilities at your disposal to help you take out the enemy, but how you go about it is entirely up to your creativity. Maybe you want to take out the Pariahs with a long-range, long-distance weapon? Use the grapple launcher to reach a higher vantage point and take action!
9. Hitman 3
Hitman 3 closes the World of Assassination trilogy relaunched in 2016, and the least we can say is that the studio IO Interactive has definitely succeeded in making us forget the original work. Of course, the gameplay doesn’t change and you will still have to travel the four corners of the world, from Dubai to China, to fulfill your contracts. However, here, the missions are much less scripted, the freedom of movement is greater and is enhanced by the breathtaking framerates of the Xbox Series X. And what can we say about the new graphics engine, which is impressively realistic?
If you are new to the background of this series, you are in for a treat. In Agent 47’s tuxedo, you play a cold and calculating hitman who will never have fun shooting into a crowd or maximizing his damage like in any classic FPS. Instead, you’ll have to sneak behind enemy lines as much as possible, then take out your targets with ingenuity. There are plenty of ways to complete each level, making Hitman 3 replayable almost in perpetuity.
10. Knockout City
Knockout City’s gameplay goes far beyond what its clunky first trailer might suggest. It’s a truly unique title in the catalog of most competitive games. Compared to other wacky multiplayer titles like Rocket League and Splatoon, Knockout City sets itself apart by offering extremely fast-paced, open-space dodgeball games.
While the game’s standard controls take some getting used to, once you’ve mastered them, you’ll fine-tune your tactics to effectively take out your opponents on a multitude of wacky maps.