Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X launch lineup, users weren’t impressed

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Last updated on December 8th, 2022 at 02:29 pm

Three dozen fully optimized games for Xbox Series X and Series S announced

Microsoft has unveiled today the “premiere” line of games that will be available at the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles. 

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Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X launch lineup, users weren’t impressed

It includes 31 games. As Microsoft notes, these games are fully optimized for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S to look better and enjoy the gameplay. Twenty of them support Smart Delivery technology and will update automatically. 

So here’s the starter lineup of games:

  • Assassin’s Creed Вальгалла (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 Tourist (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)

Interestingly, Microsoft failed to achieve the “wow” effect. First, while the lineup contains iconic titles including Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, Dirt 5, and Yakuza: like a Dragon, none of them are exclusive to the Xbox. Although Yakuza will appear on Xbox before PS5.

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The exclusives on the list, such as Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Ori, and the Will of the Wisps, are actually optimized versions of Xbox One games. In fact, each of the games on the list is either already available on Xbox One or will be available soon, and many of them will also appear on PS5. 

Further disappointing is the fact that Halo Infinite could have entered the roster before the game was delayed until 2021.

However, Xbox users have something to console themselves with – truly impressive backward compatibility. The company promises “thousands of backward compatible games from four generations of Xbox consoles.”

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