“Optimized for Xbox Series X” — this inscription on the box or game page means the developer has either improved or completely rebuilt their creation specifically for the new Microsoft console to take full advantage of next-generation graphics.
Optimized games for Xbox Series X can be both new projects like Halo Infinite, originally developed for next-gen, as well as previously released games like Gears 5.
The range of improvements that can be demonstrated by optimized games for Xbox Series X is rather wide. The key points look like this:
- Enhanced graphics — DirectX 12 Ultimate with support for DirectX Raytracing hardware acceleration will offer realistic lighting and crisp reflections, as well as real-time 3D volume acoustics that precisely match the space in the game world.
- Higher frame rates — stable 60 fps at 4K resolution. Some games will even support 120 fps or variable refresh rates, allowing developers to deliver increased realism and more precise control in dynamic scenes.
- Fast downloads — Xbox Velocity Architecture technology, which combines a solid-state drive with hardware and integrated software, will help to significantly reduce download time both in and out of games.
The list of games that are guaranteed to be optimized:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,
- Bright Memory Infinite,
- Call of the Sea,
- Chivalry II,
- Cyberpunk 2077,
- Destiny 2,
- DIRT 5,
- Gears 5,
- Halo Infinite,
- HITMAN 3,
- Madden NFL 21,
- Marvel’s Avengers,
- Scarlet Nexus,
- Second Extinction,
- The Ascent,
- The Medium,
- Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2,
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
In the coming months, the company will add a few more new games to the list and reveal more details about Xbox Series X.
Recall that Microsoft has previously shared the details of Smart Delivery technology, which allows you to buy one copy of the game in two versions at once, for Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Smart Delivery is closely linked to optimizing games for next-gen.