Without a doubt the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony is giving a lot to talk about. And it is that with a quite remarkable and even technical leap, it seems that the main factor to opt for the Xbox Series X or the PS5 will reside in the game catalog. But we are not referring to the exclusives, but to the games adapted to take advantage of the greatest potential of the new generation.
A career in which Microsoft wants to take the advantage, revealing on his blog a first selection of Optimized Xbox Series X games that will be available starting on the console’s own launch day, on November 10. While the company isn’t revealing exactly what will be optimized in each title, we should expect to see a combination of improvements including better load times and higher frame rates:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Borderlands 3
- Bright Memory 1.0
- Cuisine Royale
- Dead by daylight
- Devil May Cry 5 – Special Edition
- DIRT 5
- The Falconeer
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears 5
- Gears Tactics
- King oddball
- Manifold Garden
- NBA 2K21
- Observer: System Redux
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Planet Coaster
- Sea of Thieves
- Tetris Effect: Connected
- The Touryst
- War thunder
- Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
- Yes, your grace
Although the company has already advanced other names of Xbox Series X and S games that they will be joining during the following months:
- Bright Memory Infinite
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Call of the sea
- Chivalry 2
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Destiny 2: Beyond Light
- FIFA 21
- Halo Infinite
- Hitman 3
- Madden NFL 21
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Scarlet nexus
- Second Extinction
- The Ascent
- The Medium
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Additionally, both consoles will also support thousands of games compatible with the versions of your previous consolesAlthough they will not make the most of their new consoles, they will come with notable improvements over their original deliveries.
What does the “Optimized for Xbox Series X” label imply?
Despite the fact that some developers choose to bet on a certain parity in multiplatform developments, on many occasions a disparity can be seen between the different consoles (with the accentuated case of the PS4 and Xbox One versus Switch). So the first reason for this Xbox Series X gaming optimized tag could be as simple as highlight the technical superiority of the Microsoft console over their rivals.
However, this optimization makes real technical sense, with a few GPU differences between PS5 and Xbox Series X that will go from 2,304 shaders to 3,328 shaders respectively. A huge difference comparable to comparing two computers with medium and high-end graphics cards, and that will undoubtedly be reflected in the performance of the games itself.
And is that according to Microsoft, all Xbox Series X games marked with this label will have the following certainties:
- Take advantage of the real capabilities of the hardware
- They maintain a minimum of 60 FPS stable, and in some cases can reach 120 FPS
- They make use of new generation technologies such as ray tracing and reduced loading times
Although many details are still missing on how far the optimization will go for each game, we already have some previews such as Bungie, which has confirmed that Destiny 2 will be updated on December 8 to reach the 4K @ 60 FPS stable for Xbox Series X and 1080p at 60 FPS for Xbox Series S.
For its part, Microsoft has also revealed that DIRT 5 will include a 120Hz mode, which will allow the game to run at up to 120 FPS on Xbox Series XAs well as the improved load times for Gears 5, which will return with 4K HDR Ultra image quality, variable refresh rate support, and rates of up to 120fps in multiplayer.