The release date for the Xbox One X is almost within touching distance now, with less than a fortnight till the launch of Microsoft’s new console. With the delay for Crackdown 3, there’s now only one game released on the same day as the new console, and as much as we’re looking forward to Super Lucky’s Tale, it’s hardly the graphical showcase that will stretch the new system. So, here’s our list of the games that are among the first games we’re going to try out on the Xbox One X.
Forza Motorsport 7
Forza Motorsport 7 is already one of (if not the) best looking games on Xbox One. I can’t wait to see the game running on Xbox One X. Turn 10 Studios have promised that it will run at a native 4K resolution and a steady 60 frames per second. This could well be the ‘go to’ game for showing off the power of the system. Of course, it helps that this is one of the best racing games ever released. The handling model is near perfection. There is a huge amount of content in the game, including over 700 vehicles and more than 30 tracks (some with multiple circuit layouts).
Forza Motorsport 7 is a game that every Xbox One owner should have, but for Xbox One X adopters it is an essential purchase.
Halo 5: Guardians
The oldest entry on this list, Halo 5: Guardians is probably also the game that most people will already own. Launching back in 2015, it received some backlash for the lack of split-screen options. The reason behind this though was so that the team at 343 Industries could push the console as hard as they could. The game ran at a smooth 60 frames per second but to do this the resolution was dynamic, meaning that when there wasn’t enough available resource to run at 1080p, it would drop down. The Xbox One X will run the game at native 4K, and of course 60 frames per second, but won’t have HDR support. According to Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director, it would be just too hard to add to the game as all the assets would have to be redone.
Halo 5: Guardians is already one of the best multiplayer experiences on Xbox One, it’ll be great to experience that in 4K.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
The interesting thing about including Assassin’s Creed Origins on this list is that none of us have played it yet and all of us Enthusiasts who are getting an Xbox One X decided independently that we were going to wait to play this on the new console. The game has been a core part of the advertising for Microsoft’s new system and has helped to show what it can do. Despite not running at native 4K (the game uses checkerboarding to get to that resolution), Assassin’s Creed Origins is a treat for the eyes. Water effects and draw distance all get improvements as well as better foliage and the overall number of objects on screen at a time.
Assassin’s Creed Origins looks to be the game that will get people back on board the franchise, and I can’t wait to try out the best console version by playing it on Xbox One X.
Gears of War 4
Microsoft’s big hitter of last year is getting a bunch of enhancements for Xbox One X. You will get to choose whether you want to focus the enhancements on the visuals or the performance. If you choose visuals, you’ll get a native 4K image with ‘Ultra Quality textures’ all running at 30 frames per second for the campaign and Horde mode. If you choose to focus on performance the game will only run at 1080p however it will be at 60 frames per second for the campaign and Horde mode. One enhancement across both modes is support for Dolby Atmos, providing an even more immersive soundscape.
Xbox One X will help to make Gears of War 4 more visually impressive than it already was and enhance the horror and beauty already on show.
Call of Duty: WWII – Call of Duty returns to World War 2 with 4K and HDR enhancements
Diablo III – Blizzard’s superb dungeon crawler will get 4K support on Xbox One X
F1 2017 – The definitive simulation of the pinnacle of motorsport looked good at 1080p, at 4K and HDR the game should be breathtaking
FIFA 18 – EA Sports’ juggernaut of a franchise moves onto Xbox One X with both 4K and HDR support
Killer Instinct – Microsoft’s exclusive brawler will offer native 4K resolution
Middle-earth: Shadow of War – The first game announced for Xbox One X will bring you a lot of orcs in full 4K and with HDR
Quantum Break – Despite running at around 720p Remedy’s early exclusive looked amazing. It’ll be interesting to see what the resolution will go up to with Xbox One X
Sonic Forces – Sega’s iconic hedgehog returns with unconfirmed enhancements
Xbox One X will add enhancements to over a 100 games as well as helping to iron out resource struggles in other games. Don’t forget that many of the big games still to come this year will also offer improvements, such as Star Wars Battlefront II, Need for Speed: Payback, and L.A. Noire.
What will be the first games you play on Xbox One X? Shout out in the comments section below.