The 15 Series X Games That Just Might Help Xbox Reclaim Its Former Glory (2023)

The 15 Series X Games That Just Might Help Xbox Reclaim Its Former Glory (1)

Xbox always had a little more of a liberal method in naming its consoles than PlayStation. While PlayStation simply went up in numbers, Xbox worked in degrees, then word-numbers, then did a naming-method overhaul with the Xbox Series X. Admittedly, that hurt to say aloud at first, but it's been growing on me. And while the console wars are still in full swing, the Series X is part of an industry-wide pivot towards (finally) putting players first instead of cash.

With the Series X, Xbox is doing a full 360 from its Xbox One launch, which was notoriously hated, and bringing a lot that'll be new to gamers. The brand has consistently given us backwards compatibility, which allows the previous one or two generations' games to be played on a newer console. The Series X will have backwards compatibility, too. Then, with Xbox's Game Pass, which offers a Netflix-like subscription service for a ton of killer games (including the likes of Halo, Gears, and Sea of Thieves), Series X will also launch with all those titles. Along with that, many of the games will be enhanced for the Series X, and some cross-generation games will see a smart delivery system—meaning if you buy a game like Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One, you’ll get the enhanced Xbox Series X version for free.

All these tools for crossplay and cross saves and next gen upgrades help Xbox gamers save a ton of money—for once, you won’t have to put in an additional $700 buying games you already own—while also giving the Series X a hefty library right off the bat, which cleanly avoids the number-one problem new consoles usually face. In fact, it might just be one of the smoothest console launches in history. With that in mind, here are some of the most exciting titles confirmed for the Xbox Series X (and yes, even exclusives, an area where Xbox has traditionally struggled), which ought to make for a much tighter console race than years before and help Xbox backtrack to its glory days.

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Halo Infinite

Xbox Series X Release Date: Holiday 2020

The big guy: Master Chief. Halo Infinite was announced back at the Game Awards alongside the new console, and wow does it look badass. While Xbox may fall short compared to its Nintendo and PlayStation competitors when it comes to exclusives, Halo has consistently been such a strong pillar that it single-handedly draws the masses to Xbox. There’s no doubt Halo Infinite is going to show off the massive power of the Series X.


Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2

Xbox Series X Release Date: Holiday 2020

One of the few Xbox exclusives—and one of the most remarkable trailers we’ve seen from a next gen game so far—Hellblade is getting a sequel, complete with masterful graphics and the return of that action RPG gameplay. With a holiday 2020 release date, Hellblade 2 seems primed to be a Series X launch title.


The Medium

Xbox Series X Release Date: Holiday 2020

This game is, believe it or not, a biopic of TLC’s Long Island Medium. We've never heard the story before. It will be stunning, and shocking. Okay, it’s not that, not even a little. This is a psychological horror game. It looks spooky as hell, but we love a good thriller.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Xbox Series X Release Date: Launch title

The Yakuza series continues right at the console's launch with the zany, beat-'em-up action and cutting-edge graphics that we’ve come to expect. This new game looks like it'll feature some smooth-as-butter combat, and the trailer showcases a choir belting "Ode to Joy," a truck tearing rubber, a cityscape, and text that reads, “Life is an adventure.” So yeah, I’m in.


Cyberpunk 2077

Xbox Series X Release Date: TBA

CD Projekt Red’s space epic Cyberpunk 2077 follows the insane success of The Witcher, and it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for it. Finally, we're in the endgame. While it's unclear when the enhanced version will release on Series X, if you get the game at launch on your current Xbox One, it'll have free smart delivery for the enhanced Series X version.


Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Xbox Series X Release Date: TBD 2020

Sneaking and stabbing—like it or not, it’s Assassin's Creed. This time we’re headed to the time of beards and brawn, when Vikings ruled their section of the earth. Fingers crossed we’ll see some more ship action similar to that in Black Flag.


Madden 21

Xbox Series X Release Date: TBD 2020

This time around, Lamar Jackson is at the helm and there's a swanky cover redesign, but it’s still Madden, and we get it every year like clockwork. With 21, you won't have to buy it twice if you upgrade consoles, because believe it or not, EA is turning the other cheek and allowing smart delivery onto the Series X.

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Xbox Series X Release Date: Launch title

Arguably the biggest game since Pokémania, Fortnite will be coming to next gen with a whole new engine, the upgraded Unreal 4. Who knows how long Fortnite will hang around, but it seems like we're stuck with incessant dabbing and flossing for the long haul.


Scarlet Nexus

Xbox Series X Release Date: Holiday 2020

Three (and a half) words: stylish, anime, action-RPG. Those who want them should already be hooked on Scarlet Nexus. The game mixes animated sections with its full gameplay, similar to the Tales series, and has combat that promises to put the new hardware to work. Scarlet Nexus will also feature smart delivery.



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Xbox Series X Release Date: Launch title

Square Enix is bringing this class-based, third-person, over-the-shoulder shooter to the Series X. Granted, the next gen is stacked with co-op shooters, but Outriders is at the top of that list in terms of promise. With apocalyptic Mad Max vibes, and by the looks of it, a lot of class variety, it should be stellar.


Watch Dogs: Legion

Xbox Series X Release Date: TBA 2020

Watch Dogs: Legion boasts an extremely alive world, where every NPC has a backstory, and is playable and recruitable to your team. Centered around technology-based warfare in a cybernetic city, the game was in pretty solid shape during test runs last year, and we can assume it's only gotten better since.


Rainbow Six Siege

Xbox Series X Release Date: TBA (shortly after launch)

It’s hard to believe this objective-based squad shooter is five years old and still getting as much support as it is. And that it is coming to the next gen shortly after launch. Whether the game will be graphically updated or not is yet to be revealed, but the title will feature crossplay with the previous gen servers.


Rainbow Six Quarantine

Xbox Series X Release Date: TBA 2020

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Every Halloween, Rainbow Six gets outfitted with frightening zombie apocalypse vibes, requiring that you work as a team to take on hordes of the undead. Well, from what we can tell, that mode is getting a full game with Rainbow Six Quarantine. This title takes the best of the Siege team-based gameplay but pins you up against zombie AI, so if you're more of a player-versus-environment type, it'll be ideal for you.


Gods & Monsters

Xbox Series X Release Date: TBA 2020

Ubisoft is having a huge start on the next gen, with Watch Dogs and Rainbow Six taking it in a completely different direction. This Breath of the Wild-style, Greek mythology-inspired action RPG seems gorgeous and also like it could be an absolute blast. There's a big, scary Medusa slug, so I may personally have to skip it, but you might like it.



Xbox Series X Release Date: TBA 2021

We’re still a little while out from Chorus’s release, but 2021 is heading towards us faster than any of us realize. This remarkably stylistic ship shooter comes from Deep Silver, the folks who brought us Saints Row, Shenmue, and Metro Exodus, and it looks like it's going to make full use of the next gen's impressive tech.


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The 15 Series X Games That Just Might Help Xbox Reclaim Its Former Glory (2)


What game has best graphics on Xbox Series X? ›

Let's take a look at the games with the best graphics on the Xbox Series X/S.
  • 8/8 Scorn.
  • 7/8 Grounded.
  • 6/8 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
  • 5/8 Psychonauts 2.
  • 4/8 Halo Infinite.
  • 3/8 The Ascent.
  • 2/8 Forza Horizon 5.
  • 1/8 Microsoft Flight Simulator.
18 Oct 2022

Is Xbox Series X graphics better than Xbox One? ›

While the Xbox One X was once the most powerful console on the market, the Xbox Series X has taken the crown and offers significantly more power and enticing graphics than its predecessor.

What games are worth buying on Xbox Series S? ›

  1. Elden Ring.
  2. Forza Horizon 5. ...
  3. Halo Infinite. ...
  4. Psychonauts 2. ...
  5. Tunic. ...
  6. It Takes Two. ...
  7. Microsoft Flight Simulator. ...
  8. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. ...
6 days ago

What Xbox games can play X Series? ›

Xbox Series X and Series S

What Xbox has the best graphics? ›

Xbox Series X is Microsoft's new flagship, as its most powerful console with over 12TF GPU performance and a custom SSD. It boasts up to 4K resolution and 120 FPS, full backward compatibility across four generations, and ray-tracing support. Experience next-gen gaming for less.

How many TeraFLOPs is PS4 pro? ›

Compared to the original PS4 GPU, this is a 2.27× increase in single precision FLOPs. Improvements in GPU 16-bit variable float calculations derived from the newer AMD Vega architecture result in the PS4 Pro having a theoretical half precision floating point performance of 8.39 TeraFLOPs.

Is Xbox losing money on Series S? ›

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has admitted that Microsoft continues to suffer a substantial loss on every Xbox Series X and Series S sold. That's in contrast to Sony, which no longer makes a loss on the PS5.

Do old games look better on Series S? ›

You can still play your old games—and they'll look better

If you want to get the new system but don't see many new games you're interested in, virtually all of your old games will work on the new consoles.

What is the number one game for Xbox? ›

What Xbox Games Are People Playing Right Now?
Game TitleChange
1.NBA 2K23-
2.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II/Warzone 2.02
4.Overwatch 1 & 227
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What is the best Xbox to buy 2022? ›

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  • Xbox One S Console.
  • Xbox One X 1TB Cyberpunk Bundle Limited Edition.
  • Xbox One S 1TB Payerunknown`s Battegrounds Bundle.
  • Halo 4 Xbox 360 320GB Console Bundle.
  • Xbox One S 500GB Console - Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle.
  • Xbox One X 1TB Console – Xbox One X 1TB Hyperspace console.
26 Nov 2022

What does X's enhanced mean? ›

The Optimized for Xbox Series X|S icon means the developer has done the extra work to take full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X|S. In addition, Smart Delivery ensures you are getting the right version of your game no matter which Xbox you're playing on.

What is the most powerful Xbox series? ›

  • TRUE 4K. Gaming.
  • UP TO 120. Frames per second.
  • 8K HDR. High Dynamic Range.

Which Xbox has the most FPS? ›

Xbox One X, on the other hand, is capable of full 4K gaming visuals running at 60fps, thanks to graphics processing that consists of 40 customised compute units running at 1.172GHz. That's much more powerful and faster than the other machines in the family.

Are PS5 graphics better than Xbox? ›

In terms of their initial graphics capabilities, both are ably matched with similar features. Each console is capable of up to 4K (2160p) resolutions at 60 frames per second. They can also output 120fps, which is an option on some games, but only at up to 1440p in both cases.

Which console is most powerful? ›

Product Snapshot. The Xbox Series X succeeds the Xbox One X as the most powerful console in production. Despite being similar in specs to the PS5, Sony and Microsoft have taken very different approaches to how they're marketing their hardware.

How many teraflops is RTX 3060? ›

The RTX 3060 has Nvidia's second-generation RTX architecture and the company claims it can deliver 12.7 shader TFLOPs, 24.9 RT TFLOPs, and 102 Tensor TFLOPs (using the new sparsity feature) of computational horsepower.

Is PS5 825gb or 1TB? ›

While the PS5 officially has 825 GB of internal storage space, it only has 667.2GB free for games, as system files take up the remaining 157.8 GB. This is generally more than enough space if you want to install multiple PlayStation 5 games.

Why do people not want the Xbox Series S? ›

The Xbox Series S Is Underpowered

If you can only afford the Series S, you may be disappointed. It has less RAM and storage than the Series X, can only achieve 1440p as opposed to 4K, runs the processor slower, and only plays digital games.

How much money did Microsoft lose on Xbox? ›

Microsoft loses up to $200 on each Xbox console it sells. Speaking at the WSJ TechLive event on 26th October, Xbox head Phil Spencer admitted its Xbox Series X/S consoles are sold at a loss, with the expectation that revenue will be made up elsewhere on accessories and games.

How much money does Xbox lose? ›

According to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Microsoft loses as much as $200 on every Xbox it sells. According to CNBC's writeup of a recent WSJ Tech Live event, Spencer disclosed that Microsoft subsidizes the production cost of a new Xbox by about $100 to $200 per console.

Does Series S have better graphics? ›

“Hundreds of additional megabytes of memory are now available to Xbox Series S developers,” the video voice over explains. “This gives developers more control over memory, which can improve graphics performance in memory-constrained conditions.”

Can Series S do 4K 60? ›

Not exactly: 4K resolution isn't native for this console; it's capped at 1440p, though it can run up to 120 fps if you drop the resolution. As for home entertainment, the Xbox Series S supports HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. We live in a digital world now, so it has no physical disk drive.

Is Series S future proof? ›

Purchasing an Xbox Series S may be a good choice now, but it is worth considering how future-proof the console is. For those who do intend to upgrade their monitors or televisions during the current gaming generation, it may be worthwhile to consider the more powerful consoles that are capable of 4K gaming.

Who is the No 1 game in world? ›

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Game titlePublisher
1.Overwatch 1 & 2Blizzard Entertainment
2.The Sims 4Electronic Arts
3.ROBLOXRoblox Corporation
4.MinecraftMojang Studios
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What is the top 1 video game? ›

1. Tetris – 520 million. Arguably the most timeless video game ever created, Tetris sits comfortably atop the list of all-time bestsellers with 520 million copies sold, according to The Tetris Company.

What is the number 1 most downloaded game? ›

Globally we've collectively downloaded more than 70 billion mobile apps so far in 2022 and more than half of them are games.
Android: top 50 games of 2022 so far.
RankGameCombined score for downloads & revenue
2Candy Crush Saga143
3Coin Master130
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What is the strongest console 2022? ›

Microsoft has got a really impressive hand to play this console generation, too, though, and the Xbox Series X is its new flagship. It's the most powerful console ever, too. An SSD and huge power mean it's right up there with the PS5, and the prices are similar too.

What runs hotter PS5 or Xbox? ›

The APU on the Xbox runs hotter, despite the lower power consumption and the lower ambient temperature during our tests, primarily because of the more relaxed fan speed profile and secondly because it uses plain thermal paste, while the PS5 uses a more exotic solution, liquid metal.

What is the most bought console in the world 2022? ›

November 2022 update: Switch, PS5 continue to climb.
  • PlayStation 2 (Sony) - 159 million*
  • Nintendo DS (Nintendo) - 154.02 million.
  • Game Boy/Game Boy Color (Nintendo) - 118.69 million.
  • PlayStation 4 (Sony) - 117.2 million.
  • Nintendo Switch (Nintendo) - 114.33 million.
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Are enhanced diamonds worthless? ›

Price and Value

The price is lower for enhanced diamonds, but so is the quality. Enhanced diamonds are less valuable than natural diamonds and are difficult to resell. Enhanced diamonds are also less durable due to the treatment they receive.

Are enhanced diamonds worth buying? ›

Overall, color and clarity enhanced diamonds offer superb value when looking for high quality, larger or more affordable options of real, naturally mined diamonds. So whether you're looking to purchase on a budget or to upgrade the size and appearance of your rock, these may be perfect for you.

Do enhanced diamonds last? ›

The clarity enhanced diamond will still last for a while, but not as long as a diamond that hasn't undergone this type of treatment. The diamond will be highly susceptible to any type of damage, and could break if a lot of pressure is applied to it, such as during cleanings or repairs.

Are the graphics better on Xbox Series S or Xbox One? ›

Is Xbox One S or Xbox Series S better? Between the two, Xbox Series S undoubtedly comes out on top. It outclasses its last-gen counterpart with improved specs like 1440p output, 120Hz support and a lightning-quick 512GB NVMe SSD. You don't need to be torn between the two, either.

Is Xbox One S better graphics than Xbox One? ›

While both the Xbox One and Xbox One S play games natively at 1080p, the Xbox One S can upscale games to 4K resolution if you have a 4K TV. That makes for a better picture than 1080p or 720p, although it's not as good as native 4K.

Is Xbox Series S just as powerful? ›

So the scoop on this little guy is that it's about as powerful as the Xbox one X from last gen. If you mostly play games that have been around for awhile (destiny, GTA 5, halo games), this console will do a good job. It is important to note that some games aren't well optimized for the S, even though MS requires it.

Is Xbox One S more powerful than Series S? ›

You still get ray tracing support, too, and much faster performance - in the video above a developer from The Coalition says the Series S is more than four times as powerful as the One S.

Will Series S get better? ›

Microsoft has confirmed optimisations for the Xbox Series S console could see a significant improvement in graphics performance. If you've noticed certain games looking a little better lately, it's likely due to the launch of the June Game Development Kit to devs.

Is it better to have Xbox vertical or horizontal? ›

While the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox 360 consoles can be placed either horizontally or vertically, the horizontal position offers the most stability. The proper stand is required when using the Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles in the vertical position.

Is the Xbox One S 4K? ›

The Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox Series X|S consoles support 4K. The original Xbox One does not. If you have an Xbox One and aren't sure which version it is, look on the back of your Xbox.

Are Xbox graphics better than Playstation? ›

They also both run RDNA 2 graphics. However, the Xbox Series X has a slight upper hand with its GPU having 12 TFLOPS of power across 52 CUs. In comparison, the PS5 has 10.3 TFLOPS of power across 36 CUs. This effectively means that developers can potentially eke more from the Series X than PS5.


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