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Xbox Series X Launch Games: All The Confirmed Titles And Release Dates

Even though Halo Infinite has been delayed to 2021, there are still plenty of games coming to Xbox Series X and S in 2020.


Before you commit to buying a next-gen console like the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, it's a good idea to know what games will be available to play at or around launch. In this article we've rounded up all the Xbox Series X launch games we know about so far, and we'll continue to add to the list as we learn more. You can also read our Xbox Series X review to help make your decision.

You can look forward to having plenty to play right out of the gate, including Gears Tactics, a previously PC-exclusive entry in the Gears of War series that is making its way to consoles for the first time. On Xbox Series X, it will feature 4K resolution and higher frame rates that should make the experience on par with PC. Some of the games will be releasing on the Xbox Series X after a couple of months of already being on Xbox One. Others are releasing on the console very shortly after their original release date. Among the latest games to be confirmed for day one is the indie FPS Bright Memory, Samurai Shodown, and RPG Time: The Legend of Wright, the latter two of which were announced as part of Xbox's TGS presentation. The Medium's release is now scheduled for December 10.

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You might be wondering why Halo Infinite is absent--that's because (if you haven't already heard) Halo Infinite has been delayed to 2021. Yes, it would have been the biggest game launching for the Xbox Series X and S by a considerable margin. However, Microsoft does have a few other next-gen games coming that will be ready by this month, and we recently learned that the console's future lineup will be a bit bigger than we expected thanks to Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda. That could take a bit to get going, but the future of console exclusives on Xbox Series X looks very, very bright at the moment. It's looking like it will be an RPG powerhouse, much like the original Xbox. And with its lineup of shooters only likely to get better, you can't really go wrong.

Xbox Series X Launch Games

Games Coming To Xbox Series X/S At Or Around Launch

In an Xbox Wire blog post, Microsoft promises that, even with Halo Infinite delayed to next year, there will be "thousands of games to play, spanning four generations, when Xbox Series X and S launch globally this November and over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles, built to take full advantage of our most powerful console, are planned for this year."

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13, just a few days after the system launches, and because the PS5 will be available by that point as well, you can start playing with cross-play from the very beginning. It is more expensive for the "cross-gen" bundle. This version will let you play on both systems and supports next-gen enhancements. The Xbox One version will be playable on Xbox Series X but won't contain the same enhancements.

Though the games listed above are all of the new games coming to Series X and S, the console will support backwards compatibility for original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games. Xbox Game Pass brings over several current and past-generation games to Series X and S as well, including titles like Dishonored 2, Hollow Knight, Rocket League, Gears 5, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you gain access to xCloud as well, allowing you to play over a dozen Xbox games on your mobile and smart devices via the cloud. As of now, only Android mobile devices are supported. Should Microsoft allow for streaming to be run via a web app instead of only a dedicated mobile app, this could change. It's what Amazon's new Luna service will do to support iOS.

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