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List of Xbox Series X launch games, install sizes and 2021 releases

Here you'll find a list of every announced and rumoured XSX game, including exclusives, install sizes and all the launch games for the next-gen console.

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The Xbox Series X is the next big console from Microsoft, and it's expected to be joined by the Xbox Series S. It will be going head-to-head with the PlayStation 5 in November 2020 and on paper, there's little to split the machines. While the Xbox Series X has a great look and no shortage of power, does it have any wow factor? You can read more about that in our Xbox Series X review.

Also read: How to pre-order an Xbox Series X.

This means that the deciding factor for many consumers will be the selection of games. What can you play on the XSX? And is that list of games better or worse than the options available on the PlayStation 5 or even the Nintendo Switch?

Confirmed list of Xbox Series X and Series S launch games

On 16 October 2020, Microsoft revealed a confirmed list of launch titles. However, it's well below the 100 launch titles it originally claimed would be available. There are some notable omissions that were previously locked and loaded for launch. Below you will find a list of confirmed launch titles, and a second list fo those we expect are still be coming at launch or within a few weeks after the console has arrived.

On launch day, we checked the Xbox Series X store and not all of the games announced for launch were actually available. There may be a slight delay as countries around the world reach launch day. As such we'll update the features list below as the situation unfolds.

Note: In addition to these titles, you'll also have access to over 150 games throuugh the Game Pass Ultimate subscription, not to mention backwards compatibility across all Xbox generations.

Confirmed launch games

Game XSX Features XSS Features
ARK: Survival Evolved 4K variable 60fps HDR -
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 4K 60fps Reduced loading times Reduced loading times
Borderlands 3 4K 60fps -
Bright Memory - -
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiple modes: 4K 120fps Ray-tracing -
Cuisine Royale - -
Dead By Daylight 4K 60fps -
Destiny 2: Beyond Light 4K 60fps Reduced loading times 120fps in Crucible mode 1080p 60fps Reduced loading times
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition Multiple modes: 4K 30fps w/ ray-tracing 1080p 60fps w/ ray-tracing 4K 60fps w/o ray-tracing 120fps w/o ray-tracing Reduced loading times Tempest 3D audio Haptic feedback with adaptive triggers No ray-tracing
DIRT 5 Multiple modes: Dynamic 4K 60fps 120Hz -
Enlisted - -
Evergate - -
Falconeer, The - -
Fortnite 4K 60fps 1080p 60fps
Forza Horizon 4 - -
Gears 5 - -
Gears Tactics - -
Grounded - -
King Oddball - -
Maneater 4K 60fps Ray-tracing -
Manifold Garden - -
NBA 2K21 - -
No Man's Sky 4K 60fps 32-player multiplayer Reduced loading times -
Observer: System Redux Ray-tracing HDR 4K 60fps -
Ori and the Will of the Wisps - -
Planet Coaster: Console Edition - -
Rocket League 4K 60fps HDR Post-launch: 120fps HDR mode 1080p 60fps HDR Post-launch: 120fps mode
Rogue Company 4K 120fps 1440p 120fps
Sea of Thieves - -
Spacelords 4K 60fps
Tetris Effect: Combined - -
Touryst, The - -
War Thunder - -
Warhammer: Chaosbane 4K 60fps -
Watch Dogs: Legion Ray-tracing Reduced loading times Ray-tracing Reduced loading times
WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship - -
Yakuza: Like a Dragon Normal mode: 1440p ~60fps Resolution mode: 4K 30fps Frame-rate mode: 1080p 60fps -
Yes, Your Grace - -

Releasing near launch

Since we wrote this list, the next-generation version of Marvel's Avengers has been delayed into 2021, as has the next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077. Meanwhile, while Destiny 2 will be playable on XSX at launch, it won't receive next-gen features until a patch update scheduled for 8 December.

    • Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War (13 November)
    • Control
    • Destiny 2: Beyond Light (8 December)
    • FIFA 21 (4 December)
    • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (17 November)
    • Immortals: Fenyx Rising (3 December)
    • Just Dance 2021 (24 November)
    • Madden NFL 21 (4 December)
    • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (17 November)
    • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (8 December)
    • The Medium (10 December)
    • WRC 9

List of Xbox Series X game install sizes

Below you will find a list of Xbox Series X game install sizes. These are taken direct from the Store on the Xbox Series X, or - where possible - from games we have downloaded, installed and patched. Please also note that these sizes point to the base version of the game. If your buy a higher tier edition, such as a Legendary Edition, the install size could be considerably more. For example, the Mamba Edition of NBA 2K21 is 20GB more than the base edition.

We can confirm that the Xbox Series X has 802GB of hard drive space after the operating system is installed, and the Xbox Series S has 364GB. However, Xbox Series S versions of these games should have smaller installs in theory as the console runs at a lower resolution.

Game Install Size (GB)
Ark: Survival Evolved 111.8
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla 47.1
Balan Wonderland 20
Borderlands 3 76
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead 0.549
Bright Memory 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 129.6
Control Ultimate Edition 50.5
Cyberpunk 2077 100.8
Dead by Daylight 30.7
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition 57.6
Dirt 5 71.8
Enlisted 15.2
Evergate 3.3
Far Cry 6 60
FIFA 21 52.3
Fortnite 50.2
Forza Horizon 4 71.4
Gears 5 71.9
Gears Tactics 28.1
Grounded 3.8
Hitman 3 96
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 36
Just Dance 2021 19.5
Madden NFL 21 46.6
Maneater 16.5
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate 122.7
NBA 2K21 101.4
No Man's Sky 11.9
Observer: System Redux 10.2
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 5.7
Outriders 84
Overcooked: All You Can Eat 8.9
Planet Coaster: Console Edition 13.7
Poker Club 7.4
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 3.4
Rainbow Six Siege 52.3
Riders Republic 121
Rogue Company 10.6
Sea of Thieves 46.6
State of Decay 2 18.7
Tannenburg 7.6
Tetris Effect Combined 4.9
The Falconeer 1.6
The Master Chief Collection 159.8
The Touryst 0.548
Undead Horde 0.564
War Thunder 32.2
Warhammer: Chaosbane 27.9
Watch Dogs: Legion 45.5
We Happy Few 11.3
WRC 9 29.5
Yakuza: Like a Dragon 37.2
Yes, Your Grace 0.897
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Xbox Series X games confirmed, exclusive, release dates and more

Below you will find a list of all the Xbox Series X games that are either confirmed, or that we believe are coming to the console. At this stage we anticipate that all of these games will also work on the rumoured Xbox Series S console. We've indicated those that are exclusive to the system where possible. Please note we've used the term "Expected Release Dates" as the coronavirus pandemic has put an asterisks next to everything.

You should also pay attention to the "Status", which can be one of four categories:

  1. Confirmed: Some games have been officially confirmed.
  2. Announced: Some games have been announced but the formats have not been confirmed, usually a sure sign they're cross-gen.
  3. Rumour: Some games are heavily rumoured, but not yet officially announced.
  4. Likely: These are games that are highly likely to be on the XSX based on the historical release patterns of the series or the publisher.

This list of XSX games will be updated as their status changes and as new titles are announced. And it will keep you excited while information emerges on release dates and prices.

Full list of confirmed Xbox Series X games

Game Developer Xbox Exclusive Expected Release Date
12 Minutes Luis Antonio Yes 2020
ARK 2 Studio Wildcard Yes 2022
ARK Survival Evolved Studio Wildcard No Launch
As Dusk Falls Interior/Night Timed 2021
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ubisoft No Launch
Atomic Heart Mundfish No 2021
Avatar Project Ubisoft Massive No 2022
Avowed Obsidian Entertainment Yes 2022
Balan Wonderland Balan Company No 26 March, 2021
Battlefield VI (Working Title) DICE No 2021
Borderlands 3 Gearbox Software No Launch
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead ClockStone No 19 November 2020
Bright Memory: Infinite Playism TBC Launch
Call Of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War Treyarch / Raven Software No 13 November, 2020
Call of Duty: Warzone Infinity Ward No 13 November, 2020
Call of the Sea Raw Fury TBC 2021
Chivalry 2 Torn Banner Games No 2021
Chorus Fishlabs No 2021
Concept Destruction Ratalaika Games No Launch
Control Remedy No 2021
Crimson Desert Pearl Abyss No Q4 2021
Cris Tales Dreams Uncorporated / SYCK No 2021
CrossFireX Remedy Entertainment Yes 2020
Cuisine Royale Darkflow Software No Launch
Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt Red No 10 December 2020
Dead by Daylight Behaviour Interactivev No Launch
Deathloop Arkane Studios No (1 year after PS5) 2021
Demon Turf Fabraz No 2021
Destiny 2 Bungie No Launch
Destiny 2: Beyond Light Bungie No Launch
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition Capcom No Launch
Dirt 5 Codemasters No Launch
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut ZA/UM No March 2021
Doom Eternal iD Software No 2021
Dragon Age 4 BioWare No 2022
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance Wizards of the Coast No 2021
Dustborn Red Thread Games No 2021
Dying Light 2 Techland No 2021
Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires Omega Force No Early 2021
Echo Generation Cococumber Yes 2021
Earthlock 2 Snowcastle Games No 2021
eFootball PES 2022 Konami No 2021
Eiyuden Chronicle Rabbit and Bear Studios No 2022
Endless Dungeon Amplitude No 2021
Enlisted Darkflow Software Timed Launch
Evergate Stone Lantern Games LLC No Launch
Everwild Rare Yes 2021
Evil Dead: The Game Saber Interactive No 2021
Evil West Flying Wild Hog No 2021
Exo One Exbleative Yes 2020
Exomecha TwistedRed Yes 2021
Fable Playground Games Yes 2022
Fallen Aces Trey Powell and Jason Bond No 2021
Far Cry 6 Ubisoft Toronto No 2021
FIFA 21 EA Sports No 4 December 2020
Football Manager 2021 Sports Interactive Yes 2020
Foreclosed Antab Studio No 2021
Fortnite Epic Games No Launch
Forza Horizon 4 Playground Games Yes Launch
Forza Motorsport 8 Turn 10 Studios Yes 2021
Gears 5 The Coalition Yes Launch
Gears Tactics Splash Damage Yes Launch
Ghostrunner One More Level No 2021
Ghostwire: Tokyo Tango Gameworks No (1 year after PS5) 2021
Gotham Knights Warner Bros. Games Montréal No 2021
Gothic Remake THQ Nordic No 2021
Graven Slipgate Ironworks No 2021
Greedfall Spiders No 2021
Grounded Obsidian Entertainment Yes Launch
GTA V Rockstar Games No H2 2021
Halo Infinite 343 Industries Yes 2021
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 343 Industries Yes 17 November 2020
Haven Game Bakers No 2020
Heavy Metal Machines HOPLON No Early 2021
Hello Neighbor 2 TinyBuild Games Yes 2021
Hellpoint Cradle Games No 2021
Hitman 3 IO Interactive No Jan-21
Hood: Outlaws and Legends Sumo Digital No 2021
Hyper Scape Ubisoft No 2020
Immortals: Fenyx Rising Ubisoft No 3 Dec 2020
In Sound Mind We Create Stuff No 2021
It Takes Two Hazelight No 26 Mar 2021
John Wick Hex Bithell Games No 4 Dec 2020
Just Dance 2021 Ubisoft No 2020
Jydge 10Tons No 19 November 2020
King Arthur: Knight's Tale NeocoreGames No Q1 2021
King Oddball 10tons Ltd No 2020
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Traveller's Tales No Q2 2021
Little Nightmares II Tarsier Studios No 2021
Lords of the Fallen 2 Hexworks No 2021
Lost in Random Zoink Games No 2021
Madden NFL 21 EA Sports No 4 December 2020
Maneater Tripwire Interactive No Launch
Manifold Garden William Chyr Studio No Launch
Martha Is Dead Wired Productions Yes 2021
Marvel's Avengers Crystal Dynamics No 2021
Mass Effect 5 BioWare No 2022
Mass Effect Legendary Edititon Collection BioWare No 2021
Metal: Hellsinger The Outsiders No 2021
MicroMan Glob Games No 2021
Microsoft Flight Simulator Asobo Studio Yes Winter 2021
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom FDG Entertainment No TBA
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate NetherRealm Studios No 18 November, 2020
Mundaun Hidden Fields No Q1 2021
NBA 2K21 2K Sports No Launch
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix TBC 2020
No Man's Sky Hello Games No Launch
Observer: System Redux Bloober Team No Launch
Ori and the Will of the Wisps Moon Studios Yes Launch
Orphan of the Machine Dynamic Voltage Games Yes 2020
Outriders People Can Fly No 2 February, 2021
Overcooked All You Can Eat Ghost Town Games No Launch
Override 2: Super Mech League Modus Studios No 22 December 2020
Paradise Lost PolyAmorous No 2020
Path of Exile 2 Grinding Gear Games No 2021
Perfect Dark (Reboot) The Initiative Yes 2022
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Sega Timed 2021
Planet Coaster: Console Edition Frontier Developments No Launch
Poker Club Ripstone Games No 19 November 2020
Pragmata Cpacom No 2022
Project 007 IO Interactive No 2022
Project Athia (Working Title) Luminous Games/Square Enix No (2 years after PS5) TBA
Project Mara Ninja Theory Yes TBA
Psychonauts 2 Double Fine No 2021
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Sega No 8 Dec, 2020
Rainbow Six: Quarantine Ubisoft No 2021
Rainbow Six Siege Ubisoft No 1 December 2020
Recompile Phigames No TBC
Resident Evil 8: Village Capcom No 2021
Ride 4 Milestone No 21 Jan, 2021
Riders Republic Ubisoft Annecy No 21 Feb, 2021
Rock Band 4 Harmonix No TBC
Rocket League Psyonix No Launch
Rogue Ccmpany First Watch Games Yes Launch
RPG Time: The Legend of Wright DeskWorks Yes Launch
Ruined Kingdom: A League of Legends Story Airship Syndicate No 2021
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 GSC Game World Timed 2021
Samurai Showdown SNK Yes 2020
Scarlet Nexus Bandai Namco No Winter 2021
Scorn Ebb Software Yes 2020
Sea of Thieves Rare Yes Launch
Second Extinction Systemic Reaction TBC 2021
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Ninja Theory Yes 2021
Shadow Warrior 3 Flying Wild Hog No 2021
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One Frogwares No 2021
Skate 4 EA No TBA
Solar Ash Heart Machine No 2021
Soulborn Pixelmad Studios No 2021
Spacelords MercuryStream No Launch
State of Decay 2 Undead Labs Yes Launch
State of Decay 3 Undead Labs Yes 2022
Steelrising Spiders Studio No 2021
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Rocksteady Studios No 2022
Sword of the Necromancer JanduSoft / Grmorio of Games No 2020
Tannenburg BlackMill Games No 3 December 2020
Tell My Why Dotnod Entertainment No 2020
TemTem Crema No 2021
Tesla Force 10Tons No 24 November 2020
Tetris Effect: Connected Monstars and Resonair Timed Launch
The Ascent Neon Giant Yes 2021
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes Supermassive Games No 2021
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Supermassive Games No 2020
The Elder Scrolls Online Bethesda No 2021
The Falconeer Tomas Sala yes Launch
The Gunk Image & Form Timed 2021
The Invincible Starward Industries No 2021
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Daedalic Entertainment No 2021
The Lord of the Rings Online Standing Stone Games No 2022
The Medium Bloober Team Timed January 2021
The Touryst Shin'en Multimedia No Launch
The Outer Worlds Obsidian Entertainment No 2020
The Sims 5 Maxis No 2021
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt CDProjekt Red No TBA
Toy Soldiers HD Accelerate Games No 2021
Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 MasterCode No 2021
Undead Horde 10 Tons No 2020
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy Ludmotion Timed Q1 2021
Unknown 9: Awakening Reflector Entertainment No 2021
Vampire: The Masquerade - Battle Royale Sharkmob No 2021
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Hardsuit Labs No 2021
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong Hardsuit Labs No 2021
War Thunder Gaijin Entertainment No Launch
Warframe Digital Extremes No 26 November 2020
Warhammer: Chaosbane Eko Software No Launch
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Vermintide Timed 2021
Watch Dogs: Legion Ubisoft No Launch
We Happy Few Compulsion Games No Launch
Werewolf the Apocalypse - Earthblood Cyanide Studios No 2021
White Shadows Monokel No 2021
WRC 9 Kylotonn No Launch
Yakuza: Like A Dragon Sega No Launch
Yes, Your Grace Brave At Night No Launch

Full list of rumoured Xbox Series X games

Game Developer Xbox Exclusive Status Expected Release Date
Alternate History Bundle (Wolfenstein The New Order, The Old Blood, The New Colossus and Youngblood) MachineGames Yes Announced 2020
Arkane Anniversary Collection (Dishonored, Dishonored 2, Prey) Arkane Studios Yes Announced 2020
BioShock 4 Cloud Chamber No Announced 2022
Braid Anniversary Edition Jonathan Blow No Announced 2021
Dead Island 2 Dambuster Studios No Announced 2021
Earth Defense Force 6 Sandlot No Announced 2021
Elden Ring From Software No Announced 2021
Everspace 2 Rockfish No Announced 2021
F1 2021 Codemasters No Announced 2021
Metro IV 4A Games No Announced 2022
Microsoft Flight Simulator Asobo Studio Yes Announced 2020
Of Bird and Cage Capricia Productions No Announced 2021
Project Cars 3 Slightly Mad Studios No Announced 2021
Saints Row V Volition No Announced 2021
Smallland Merge Games No Announced 2021
Starfield Bethesda No Announced 2021
The Elder Scrolls VI Bethesda No Announced 2022
The Outlast Trials Red Barrels No Announced 2021
Untitled AAAA Title The Initiative Yes Announced 2021
Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX Merge Games No Likely 2021
Apex Legends Respawn Entertainment No Likely Launch
Diablo IV Blizzard No Likely 2021
Icarus Rocketwerkz No Likely 2021
Minecraft Mojang No Likely Launch
Minecraft Dungeons Mojang No Likely Launch
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit remake Criterion Games No Likely Launch
Overwatch 2 Blizzard No Likely 2021
PES 2021 Konami No Likely Launch
PGA Tour 2K21 2K Games No Likely 2020
RiMS Racing RaceWard Studio No Likely 2021
Sky Beneath Mindhaven Games No Likely 2021
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown KT Racing No Likely 2022
Wasteland 3 inXile Entertainment Yes Likely 2020
WWE 2K Battlegrounds 2K Games No Likely Launch
Beyond Good & Evil 2 Ubisoft No Rumour 2021
Roller Champions Ubisoft No Rumour 2021
Skull & Bones Ubisoft No Rumour 2021
Timesplitters 4 THQ Nordic No Rumour 2022

Understanding Optimised for Xbox Series X

There are many games in the list below that are available not just on the Xbox Series X, but also on the Xbox One. These cross-gen games can lead to some confusion; are they really an XBX game, or are they just a backwards compatible Xbox One game?

Thankfully, Microsoft is providing a badge to cross-gen games that are built for the Xbox Series X and are not just backwards compatible. These games are referred to as Optimised for Xbox Series X.

To make things easier, we're only listing cross-gen games that are Optimised for Xbox Series X in the big table above. This means you will get the enhanced framerate, low load times and next-gen features like DirectX Raytracing, on these games. We've also listed the titles explicitly indicated as Optimised for Xbox Series X in the feature's announcement here:

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chivalry 2
  • Chorus
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • DiRT 5
  • FIFA 21
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Gears Tactics
  • Halo Infinite
  • Hitman 3
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • Outriders
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Second Extinction
  • The Ascent
  • The Medium
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Xbox July 2020 game reveal showcase

Microsoft hosted an online event on 24 July 2020 at which it showcased a number of new games coming to the XSX. Some were all new reveals, while others had not been announced previously for the next-generation console. The new games were:

  • State of Decay 3
  • Forza Motorsport 8
  • Tell Me Why
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
  • Grounded
  • Avowed
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Psychonauts II
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Tetris Effect Connected
  • The Gunk
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
  • CrossfireX
  • Fable 4
  • The Falconeer
  • Hello Neighbor 2
  • Echo Generation
  • Exomecha

Xbox 20/20 event - 13 Xbox Series X game announcements

Starting 7 May, 2020, Microsoft launched an ongoing, monthly online Xbox showcase event called Xbox 20/20. The idea is to use Xbox 20/20 to provide a continuous communication channel between fans and the next-generation console manufacturer in the lead up to the Xbox Series X release. Each event will detail how a certain aspect of the console will work.

The first event wisely focused on games. In fact, 13 new games were officially announced for the Xbox Series X at the first Xbox 20/20. You can get quick visual overview via the 90-second montage in the video embeded above. As more details emerge on each game we will add them to the table below.

List of Xbox 20/20 game reveals

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Bright Memory: Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chorus
  • Dirt 5
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • Second Extinction
  • The Ascent
  • The Medium
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon

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