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30 Games to be Fully Optimized for Xbox Series X and S at Launch

30 Games to be Fully Optimized for Xbox Series X and S at Launch - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 October 2020 / 1,403 Views

Microsoft has announced 30 games will be fully optimized for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S when the consoles launch on November 10. 20 of the games will feature Smart Delivery that will be upgraded automatically for free from the Xbox One versions. 

The list of games includes Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Gears Tactics, and Tetris Effect: Connected. Other games optimized for the next-generation consoles after launch includes all of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launching November 13, Cyberpunk 2077 launching November 17, and Xbox console launch exclusive The Medium on December 10.

30 Games to be Fully Optimized for Xbox Series X and S at Launch

Here is the full list of titles for launch:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery) 
  • Borderlands 3 (Smart Delivery) 
  • Bright Memory 1.0  
  • Cuisine Royale (Smart Delivery)
  • Dead by Daylight (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition  
  • DIRT 5 (Smart Delivery) 
  • Enlisted  
  • Evergate
  • The Falconeer (Smart Delivery) 
  • Fortnite  
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Gears 5 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Grounded (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • King Oddball (Smart Delivery) 
  • Maneater (Smart Delivery) 
  • Manifold Garden (Smart Delivery) 
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux 
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Planet Coaster (Smart Delivery) 
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • The Touryst (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery) 
  • War Thunder (Smart Delivery) 
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition  
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Smart Delivery) 
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (Smart Delivery)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery) 
  • Yes, Your Grace (Smart Delivery) 

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments
DonFerrari (on 15 October 2020)

Slim list, but well it is gen start so that happens.

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shikamaru317 DonFerrari (on 15 October 2020)

Technically it is the 2nd largest launch lineup ever for a console. Wii U is 1st place with 34 launch titles in the US and 37 in Europe. MS is aiming to have 50+ optimized games on Series S/X by the end of 2020. Compare that to Xbox One, which had just 24 games released by the end of 2013.

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DonFerrari DonFerrari (on 15 October 2020)

Technically most of those games are crossgen and a lot of them aren't even optimized for Series X. There is a very big number of old games in this list as well, so that is only buffing the count.

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shikamaru317 DonFerrari (on 15 October 2020)

Every one is optimized for Series X, that is the whole point of the list. You will see upgrades beyond what is possible on Xbox One X for every one of those games. Thank of it like next-gen remasters or ports, but free (except for NBA 2K and Observer: System Redux, which have paid upgrades instead of free).

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Mr Puggsly DonFerrari (on 15 October 2020)

Well I am curious to see what games will also have significant enhancments via BC. Series consoles will apparently boost resolutions and frame rates in select titles. We already saw Fallout 4 is doing 60 fps. Info like that could bolster the list of games being enhanced.

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DonFerrari DonFerrari (on 16 October 2020)

Yes I know it will receive upgrades. But to count those as new titles is just a list buffing. If Sony have made patches for 100 games for PS5 would you count all of those as new titles?

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Mr Puggsly (on 15 October 2020)

The line seems blurry to me. Some of this content could simply be patched.

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The_One_19 Mr Puggsly (on 15 October 2020)

That is the definition of Smart Delivery, when your current gen game gets a patch for next gen console for free.

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Mr Puggsly Mr Puggsly (on 15 October 2020)

I believe Smart Delivery was sold as buying a game once for both 8th and 9th gen ports.

Here's a question I have. Will a game like Gears 5 have sepatrate downloads for 8th and 9th gen versions? If so, that would suggest a port was actually made for next gen.

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The_One_19 Mr Puggsly (on 16 October 2020)

there is a base game that exits on Xbox one s and one x and there will be patches exclusively designed for series S and X. what smart delivery dose it's that if you have the data for Xbox one game you don't need to download the whole game again for next gen, you just need to download the patch.

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The_One_19 (on 16 October 2020)

Please guys just read the news!
"Microsoft has announced 30 games will be fully optimized for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S"

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Jannlee48504 (on 15 October 2020)

What does gamepass+smart delivery mean? I hope u don't need gamepass for gears as I already own the disc

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Has Jannlee48504 (on 15 October 2020)

It means the game is available on gamepass, and smart delivery applies. If you bought the game, it will still get smart delivery.

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