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Games That Coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5

With a new wave of hardware, gaming technology advancements, but that’s not always obvious on launch day. New consoles are usually paired with a mediocre launch game slate, with developers taking time to take full advantage of modern hardware. Although Tetris on the Game Boy, Halo on the original Xbox, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch are some standout launch titles that will still be remembered, very few consoles have come with more than one or even two games deserving of being named device vendors.

With the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S  and Sony’s PlayStation 5 next week, considering the great-looking Tetris Effect: Linked port, the all-new Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and the Demon’s Souls remake, to name a few, that’s planning to stay largely real. But there’s one upside here that can’t be denied: this is the first time you can take your current library, whether physical or digital and carry it to a new device with you in modern console history.

This gives players unparalleled flexibility to determine where they want to play and what efficiency advantages are worth updating to. And technology such as cross-platform play and now even cross-generation support would allow individuals who do not update to continue to play with their mates.

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Yes, both consoles come seven years after the previous iteration of console hardware, within days of another. Both have just a tiny handful of titles that can be considered next-gen experiences genuinely. Most are merely remasters or titles of cross-generation with small bumps in output. The small encouraging news is that to fill the void better, there are also a few big-name franchise launches. With Black Ops Cold War coming the same week as the unveiling of new consoles, Call of Duty is an obvious one. The same is true in Valhalla, the current Assassin’s Creed.

But the even better news is that Sony and Microsoft have promised to help close to any game in the libraries of current console consoles, in addition to 4 K and solid-state drives and other spec updates. Each Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One game that is currently playable on existing Xbox One hardware (minus Kinect games) will be playable on the X / S Series. At the same time, Sony is committed to maintaining “the vast majority” of over 4,000 PS4 games.

Concerning purchasing a new console, this changes the equation a little. You don’t have to leave what you played on your old computer anymore and start over again. And due to some truly consumer-friendly efforts such as Xbox Smart Distribution and related update plans, many of the games we already buy or expect to purchase in the next few months will not only work on the new consoles but will also come with free updates from the standard PS4 and Xbox One models in most situations. Sony is also launching the PlayStation Plus Series, a library of free online PS4 titles.

One major dilemma that leaves us with: how do you know what new games are coming out on which platforms and when? There’s also the painstaking parsing method on whether a gaming company gives away a free next-gen update of a cross-gen title, charges a little more, or launches a next-gen-only game.

We also assembled an extensive list covering all-new console platform launch slates on day one and rolling out in this holiday season and beyond 2021.

It will have 30 entirely optimized titles that will officially count as launch games when the Xbox Series X releases on November 10th. Two days later, on 12 November, the PS5 will be released, and it will have 20 players. (This covers only completely updated games and not what is strictly backward compatibility enabled. The list also excludes games such as Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima that can but are still not fully optimized, benefit from next-gen hardware.)

Here’s a list of games released on both platforms every day, especially missing titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which will start shortly after launch day and will not be available by 12 November. Often, despite having been published on other systems such as the Nintendo Switch in the previous decade, certain titles are noted as console exclusives; we only concentrate on when a title is exclusive to either the PS5 or Xbox Series X / S, and timed console exclusives are regarded as first-party permanent exclusives before a publisher or producer has a clear cross-platform release date to share.

Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 Launch Games

Game Xbox Series or PS5? Cross-gen upgrade? Other platforms? PC?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Both Free PS4, XB1, Stadia Yes
Astro’s Playroom PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No, PS5 exclusive No
Bugsnax PS5 only Free PS4 Yes
Borderlands 3 Both Free PS4, XB1, Stadia Yes
Cuisine Royale Both Free to play; no upgrade needed PS4, XB1 Yes
Demon’s Souls (remake) PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Originally on PS3 No
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition Both No upgrade path No No
DIRT 5 Both Free PS4, XB1 Yes
Enlisted Xbox only Yes, price TBD XB1 Yes
Evergate Xbox only Yes, price TBD PS4, XB1, Switch Yes
The Falconeer Xbox only Free XB1 Yes
Fortnite Both Free to play; no upgrade needed PS4, XB1, Switch, iOS Yes
Forza Horizon 4 Xbox only Free XB1 Yes
Gears 5 Xbox only Free XB1 Yes
Gears Tactics Xbox only Free XB1 Yes
Godfall PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No, PS5 exclusive Yes
Grounded Xbox only Free XB1 Yes
King Oddball Optimized for Xbox TBD PS4, XB1, Android Yes
Maneater Both Free PS4, XB1, Switch Yes
Manifold Garden Xbox only Free PS4, XB1, Switch, iOS Yes
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 only Free PS4 No
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No, PS5 exclusive No
NBA 2K21 Both Only with $99.99 Mamba Edition PS4, XB1, Switch, Stadia Yes
No Man’s Sky Both Free PS4, XB1 Yes
Observer: System Redux Both No upgrade path PS4, XB1, Switch Yes
Ori and the Will of the Wisps Xbox only Free XB1, Switch Yes
Overcooked: All You Can Eat PS5; Xbox coming later No announced upgrade path XB1 (coming later) No
Planet Coaster Both Free PS4, XB1 Yes
Sackboy: A Big Adventure PS5 only Free PS4 No
Sea of Thieves Xbox only Free XB1 Yes
Tetris Effect: Connected Xbox; PS5 coming 2021 Free Originally on PS4, Oculus Yes
The Pathless PS5 only Free PS4, Apple Arcade Yes
The Touryst Xbox only Free XB1, Switch Yes
War Thunder Xbox only Free PS4, XB1 Yes
Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition Both No announced upgrade path No, next-gen exclusive Yes
Watch Dogs: Legion Both; PS5 discs launch Nov. 24 Free PS4, XB1, Stadia Yes
WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship Both Free PS4, XB1, Switch Yes
Yakuza: Like a Dragon Xbox; PS5 coming March 2 Free PS4, XB1 Yes
Yes, Your Grace Xbox only Free XB1, Switch Yes

This includes games that may have been previously released without release dates, such as Elder Scrolls VI and the Fable remake, for instance, and games previously available in the above table. We also decided to list release dates only for games for which the publisher decided a particular date for both the day and the month.

The announced launch day lists touch the forthcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X game libraries’ surface. There are hundreds of more titles on the way in the weeks after release. And 2021 is filled with new updates and complete cross-gen game optimizations that can further pad out what is possible to enjoy on your new device of choice. We have assembled the list below to help you appreciate each game coming out during the holiday season of this year and what has been reported for 2021 so far.

Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 Holidays and 2021 Release Schedule

Game Release Date Xbox Series or PS5? Cross-gen? PC?
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 11/13/2020 Both Yes, $10 upgrade Yes
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 11/17/2020 Xbox only Yes, free upgrade Yes
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Edition 11/17/2020 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Poker Club 11/19/2020 Both Yes Yes
Just Dance 2021 11/24/2020 Both Yes Yes
Haven 12/3/2020 PS5 only Yes Yes
Immortals Fenyx Rising 12/03/2020 Both Yes Yes
FIFA 21 12/4/2020 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Madden NFL 21 12/4/2020 Both Yes Yes
Destiny 2: Beyond Light 12/8/2020 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 12/8/2020 Both Yes Yes
Temtem 12/8/2020 PS5 first; Xbox and PC in 2021 Yes Yes
Cyberpunk 2077 12/10/2020 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Worms Rumble December 2020 PS5 only Yes Yes
12 Minutes 2020 Xbox only Yes Yes
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead 2020 Both Yes Yes
Call of the Sea 2020 Xbox only Yes Yes
Control: Ultimate Edition 2020 Both Yes, upgrade only with Ultimate Edition Yes
CrossfireX 2020 Xbox only Yes, free upgrade Yes
Dead by Daylight 2020 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
For Honor 2020 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Mørkredd 2020 Xbox only Yes Yes
Sable 2020 Xbox only Yes Yes
Samurai Spirits (aka Samurai Shodown) 2020 Xbox only Yes Yes
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 2020 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Warframe 2020 Both Yes, free-to-play Yes
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PS5 “launch window” PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No
Hitman 3 01/20/2021 Both Free upgrade from digital Yes
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood 02/04/2021 Both Yes Yes
Little Nightmares 2 02/11/2021 Both Yes Yes
Outriders 02/21/2021 Both Yes Yes
Riders Republic 02/25/2021 Both Yes Yes
Destruction AllStars February 2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No
Balan Wonderworld 03/26/2021 Both Yes Yes
The Medium 12/10/2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Braid: Anniversary Edition 2021 Both Yes Yes
CYGNI: All Guns Blazing 2021 Both Yes Yes
Chivalry 2 2021 Both Yes Yes
Chorus 2021 Both Yes Yes
Cris Tales 2021 Both Yes Yes
Deathloop 2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes
Doom Eternal 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Echo Generation 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Exomecha 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Far Cry 6 2021 Both Yes Yes
Ghostwire: Tokyo 2021 PS5 only TBD Yes
God of War: Ragnarok 2021 PS5 only TBD TBD
Goodbye Volcano High 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Gotham Knights 2021 Both Yes Yes
Grand Theft Auto V 2021 Both Yes Yes
Guilty Gear Strive 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Halo Infinite 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Heavenly Bodies 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Hello Neighbor 2 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Hogwarts Legacy 2021 Both Yes Yes
Horizon Forbidden West 2021 PS5 only Yes TBD
Hood: Outlaws and Legends 2021 Both Yes Yes
Kena: Bridge of Spirits 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 2021 Both Yes Yes
Marvel’s Avengers 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Psychonauts 2 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Resident Evil Village 2021 Both Yes Yes
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II 2021 Xbox only TBD Yes
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One 2021 Both Yes Yes
Solar Ash 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Stray 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Subnautica / Subnautica: Below Zero 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
The Ascent 2021 Xbox only Yes, free upgrade Yes
The Elder Scrolls Online 2021 Both Yes Yes
The Gunk 2021 Both Yes Yes
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Tribes of Midgard 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Unlimited Fishing Simulator 2 2021 Both Yes Yes
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 2021 Both Yes Yes
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong 2021 Both Yes Yes
War Mongrels 2021 Both Yes Yes
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide 2021 Xbox only TBD Yes
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League 2022 Both TBD Yes

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