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Here’s the list of 30 games that’ll be Xbox Series X/S enhanced on launch day

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I’ll be the first to admit that while the next-gen technology is exciting, the games that your shiny new console will have access to aren’t exactly in line with the start of previous console generations. There’s nothing wrong with that though! Previous generations had a layer of uncertainty when they started, and barring a few gems like Resogun, Killzone: Shadowfall, and Knack on the PS4 for example, I’m happy to head into charted waters in November.

On the Xbox Series X and Series S, launch day revolves around pretty much everything you already own, but better. While certain games will need to first be properly optimised for the system, the raw power alone of that console should make for a better experience. Or the extinction of loading screen tinkle breaks at the very least.

Microsoft has revealed which games will be optimized for Xbox Series X/S on day one, 20 of which will be available through smart delivery for what is a free remaster:

  • Assassins Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery)
  • Borderlands 3 (Smart Delivery)
  • Bright Memory 1.0 (Smart Delivery)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Not too shabby. Remember, this doesn’t include backwards compatible games, but the rundown on that catalogue is that if you played it on Xbox One, you’ll be able to play it on Xbox Series X/S. Why yes, I think I shall play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on yet another platform. Otherwise, it’s going to pure quality of life improvements with some of the heaviest hitters of the year: Call of Duty, Destiny 2, Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin’s Creed.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020


  1. Other than Assassins Creed Valhalla, the MEH is strong in that list…


    • Banana Jim

      October 16, 2020 at 16:16

      It’s an incredibly big list of meh…

      Once again, Microsoft front loaded all their excitement and now all they have is drip feeding us the most inane and insipid crap. What will be their next announcement? The Xbox Series X can be plugged into a wall socket? You can charge it using a USB port? Oh wait… the digital version has an ethernet cable port that is.. Shock.. green instead of the usual grey….


  2. Banana Jim

    October 16, 2020 at 15:36

    Only 30? Man… Microsoft needs to up their game.


  3. CrAiGiSh

    October 16, 2020 at 15:36

    PS5 > Xbox L …


  4. Banana Jim

    October 16, 2020 at 16:16

    I still can’t beyond the fact that the new xbox looks like my gran’s little fan heater… and apparently it can heat a room just as well as a fan heater. You have to love that Microsoft engineering.



    • Iskape

      October 16, 2020 at 21:18

      I just watched a video by a well-known tech influencer, and apparently the heat generated is not as bad as some have made it out to be. Using a FLIR camera, they measured around 54 degrees while under load with playing the enhanced version of GoW (4K/60). Even when they put it in a box and measured, the heat was around 56 degrees, and when they covered the vent at the top, with only the small hole on the side being available for most of the exhausting, it was around 56 degrees.


  5. HvR

    October 19, 2020 at 08:47

  6. Tbone187

    October 19, 2020 at 09:16

    Was Metal Gear Rising that good?

    I was put off quite early in the game and shifted it pretty quick.


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