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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

GameXbox Series or PS5?Cross-gen upgrade?Other platforms?PC?
Assassin’s Creed ValhallaBothFreePS4, XB1, StadiaYes
Astro’s PlayroomPS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
BugsnaxPS5 onlyFreePS4Yes
Borderlands 3BothFreePS4, XB1, StadiaYes
Cuisine RoyaleBothFree to play; no upgrade neededPS4, XB1Yes
Demon’s Souls (remake)PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveOriginally on PS3No
Devil May Cry 5: Special EditionBothNo upgrade pathNoNo
DIRT 5BothFreePS4, XB1Yes
EnlistedXbox onlyYes, price TBDXB1Yes
EvergateXbox onlyYes, price TBDPS4, XB1, SwitchYes
The FalconeerXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
FortniteBothFree to play; no upgrade neededPS4, XB1, Switch, iOSYes
Forza Horizon 4Xbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
Gears 5Xbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
Gears TacticsXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
GodfallPS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo, PS5 exclusiveYes
GroundedXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
King OddballOptimized for XboxTBDPS4, XB1, AndroidYes
ManeaterBothFreePS4, XB1, SwitchYes
Manifold GardenXbox onlyFreePS4, XB1, Switch, iOSYes
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesPS5 onlyFreePS4No
Marvel’s Spider-Man RemasteredPS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
NBA 2K21BothOnly with $99.99 Mamba EditionPS4, XB1, Switch, StadiaYes
No Man’s SkyBothFreePS4, XB1Yes
Observer: System ReduxBothNo upgrade pathPS4, XB1, SwitchYes
Ori and the Will of the WispsXbox onlyFreeXB1, SwitchYes
Overcooked: All You Can EatPS5; Xbox coming laterNo announced upgrade pathXB1 (coming later)No
Planet CoasterBothFreePS4, XB1Yes
Sackboy: A Big AdventurePS5 onlyFreePS4No
Sea of ThievesXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
Tetris Effect: ConnectedXbox; PS5 coming 2021FreeOriginally on PS4, OculusYes
The PathlessPS5 onlyFreePS4, Apple ArcadeYes
The TourystXbox onlyFreeXB1, SwitchYes
War ThunderXbox onlyFreePS4, XB1Yes
Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer EditionBothNo announced upgrade pathNo, next-gen exclusiveYes
Watch Dogs: LegionBoth; PS5 discs launch Nov. 24FreePS4, XB1, StadiaYes
WRC 9 FIA World Rally ChampionshipBothFreePS4, XB1, SwitchYes
Yakuza: Like a DragonXbox; PS5 coming March 2FreePS4, XB1Yes
Yes, Your GraceXbox onlyFreeXB1, SwitchYes

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

GameRelease DateXbox Series or PS5?Cross-gen?PC?
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War11/13/2020BothYes, $10 upgradeYes
Halo: The Master Chief Collection11/17/2020Xbox onlyYes, free upgradeYes
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Edition11/17/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Poker Club11/19/2020BothYesYes
Just Dance 202111/24/2020BothYesYes
Haven12/3/2020PS5 onlyYesYes
Immortals Fenyx Rising12/03/2020BothYesYes
FIFA 2112/4/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Madden NFL 2112/4/2020BothYesYes
Destiny 2: Beyond Light12/8/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Puyo Puyo Tetris 212/8/2020BothYesYes
Temtem12/8/2020PS5 first; Xbox and PC in 2021YesYes
Cyberpunk 207712/10/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Worms RumbleDecember 2020PS5 onlyYesYes
12 Minutes2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead2020BothYesYes
Call of the Sea2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Control: Ultimate Edition2020BothYes, upgrade only with Ultimate EditionYes
CrossfireX2020Xbox onlyYes, free upgradeYes
Dead by Daylight2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
For Honor2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Mørkredd2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Sable2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Samurai Spirits (aka Samurai Shodown)2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Warframe2020BothYes, free-to-playYes
Ratchet & Clank: Rift ApartPS5 “launch window”PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
Hitman 301/20/2021BothFree upgrade from digitalYes
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood02/04/2021BothYesYes
Little Nightmares 202/11/2021BothYesYes
Riders Republic02/25/2021BothYesYes
Destruction AllStarsFebruary 2021PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
Balan Wonderworld03/26/2021BothYesYes
The Medium12/10/2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Braid: Anniversary Edition2021BothYesYes
CYGNI: All Guns Blazing2021BothYesYes
Chivalry 22021BothYesYes
Cris Tales2021BothYesYes
Deathloop2021PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveYes
Doom Eternal2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
Echo Generation2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Exomecha2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Far Cry 62021BothYesYes
Ghostwire: Tokyo2021PS5 onlyTBDYes
God of War: Ragnarok2021PS5 onlyTBDTBD
Goodbye Volcano High2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Gotham Knights2021BothYesYes
Grand Theft Auto V2021BothYesYes
Guilty Gear Strive2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Halo Infinite2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Heavenly Bodies2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Hello Neighbor 22021Xbox onlyYesYes
Hogwarts Legacy2021BothYesYes
Horizon Forbidden West2021PS5 onlyYesTBD
Hood: Outlaws and Legends2021BothYesYes
Kena: Bridge of Spirits2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga2021BothYesYes
Marvel’s Avengers2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
Psychonauts 22021Xbox onlyYesYes
Resident Evil Village2021BothYesYes
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II2021Xbox onlyTBDYes
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One2021BothYesYes
Solar Ash2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Stray2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Subnautica / Subnautica: Below Zero2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
The Ascent2021Xbox onlyYes, free upgradeYes
The Elder Scrolls Online2021BothYesYes
The Gunk2021BothYesYes
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum2021Xbox onlyYesYes
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
Tribes of Midgard2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Unlimited Fishing Simulator 22021BothYesYes
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 22021BothYesYes
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong2021BothYesYes
War Mongrels2021BothYesYes
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide2021Xbox onlyTBDYes
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League2022BothTBDYes

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