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All the games that are Optimized for Xbox Series X

These games will have better graphics, shorter loads, and higher frame rates on the new console

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Xbox’s newest console is almost here, and one question on peoples’ minds is what exactly they’ll be able to play once the console arrives. On Thursday Microsoft gave players a little more insight into the answer to that question by explaining exactly what it means when a game is optimized for the Xbox Series X.

According to Microsoft, certain games will be designed specifically to take advantage of the Xbox Series X’s impressive technical specs. These games will get a special badge that says “Optimized for Xbox Series X.” Games with this badge will be specially designed to perform better on Microsoft’s next-gen console. Microsoft’s announcement says that the badge will indicate games that have been “natively designed or fully rebuilt to take advantage of the Xbox Series X.”

This will include games like Halo Infinite, which is being designed specifically for the Xbox Series X, as well as Gears 5, which will have a new update that rebuilds the game to “dramatically leverage the power and features Xbox Series X has to offer.” In many cases, these games may also be available on the Xbox One, but the Xbox Series X version will include specific improvements like upgraded frame rates, decreased load times, and more impressive graphical features like DirectX Raytracing.

Here’s Microsoft’s full list of games that will be Optimized for Xbox Series X:

  • As Dusk Falls
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Avowed
  • Balan Wonderland
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chivalry 2
  • Chorus
  • CrossfireX
  • Cuisine Royale
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • DiRT 5
  • Enlisted
  • Echo Generation
  • Everrgate
  • Everwild
  • ExoMecha
  • Fable
  • The Falconeer
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Gears 5
  • Gears Tactics
  • Grounded
  • King Oddball
  • Halo Infinite
  • Hello Neighbor 2
  • Hitman 3
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Maneater
  • Manifold Garden
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outriders
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis
  • Pragmata
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Planet Coaster
  • Resident Evil Village
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Second Extinction
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
  • State of Decay 3
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Ascent
  • The Gunk
  • The Medium
  • The Touryst
  • Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • War Thunder
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Yes, Your Grace

Update (9/16): This list was update to include more titles.

Update (10/15): This list was updated to include more titles.

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