PS5 and Xbox Series X: every game you can play at launch


Gaming technology improves with every new generation of hardware, but that’s not always apparent on launch day. Typically, new consoles are coupled with a lackluster slate of launch games, with developers needing time to fully take advantage of the new hardware. While there are some standout launch titles that will always be remembered — Tetris on the Game Boy, Halo on the original Xbox, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch — very few consoles ever arrive with more than one or perhaps two games worthy of being called system-sellers.

That’s looking to remain largely true with the launch of Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X / S next week, despite the excellent-looking Tetris Effect: Connected port, the all-new Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and the Demon’s Souls remake, to name a few. But there’s one upside here that can’t be ignored: this is the first time in modern console history that you’ll be able to take your existing library, be it physical or digital, and bring it with you to a new platform.

That gives consumers unprecedented freedom in deciding where they want to play and what performance benefits are worthwhile enough to upgrade. And technologies like cross-platform play and now even cross-generation support will allow people that don’t upgrade to continue playing with their friends.

Yes, both consoles are arriving within days of another, seven years after the last generation of console hardware, and both have only a small handful of games that can be called truly next-gen experiences. Most are simply remasters or cross-generation titles with minor performance bumps. The minor good news is that there are quite a few big-name franchise releases to help fill the gap. Call of Duty is an obvious one, with Black Ops Cold War arriving the same week the new consoles launch. The same is true of the new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

But the much better news is that — besides 4K and the solid-state drives and other spec changes — Microsoft and Sony have pledged to support close to every title in the existing console platforms’ libraries. Every Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One game currently playable on existing Xbox One hardware (minus Kinect games) will be playable on the Series X / S, while Sony has committed to supporting a “vast majority” of PS4 games totaling more than 4,000 titles.

This changes the calculus a bit with regard to buying a new console. No longer do you have to abandon what you were playing on your old device and start anew. And thanks to some genuinely consumer-friendly initiatives like Xbox Smart Delivery and similar upgrade programs, plenty of the games we own now or are planning to buy in the next couple of months will not only work on the new platforms, but in most cases, they’ll also come with free upgrades from the standard PS4 and Xbox One versions. Sony is also introducing the PlayStation Plus Collection, a library of PS4 games available for free with its online subscription.

That leaves us with one big issue: how do you know what new games are coming out for which platforms and when? There’s also the painstaking process of parsing whether a game company is giving out a free next-gen upgrade of a cross-gen title, charging a little extra, or releasing a next-gen-only game.

We’ve compiled an exhaustive list detailing the launch slates of both new console platforms on day one as well as what’s coming out this holiday season and beyond in 2021.

When the Xbox Series X launches on November 10th, it will have 30 fully optimized titles that will technically qualify as launch games. The PS5 will launch two days later on November 12th, and it will have 20 games. (This includes only fully optimized games and not what’s simply supported via backwards compatibility. The list also excludes games like Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima that may receive benefits from next-gen hardware but are still not fully optimized.)

Here’s a list of every day-one game available on both systems, notably excluding titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War that launch shortly after launch day and will not be available by November 12th. Also, some games are noted as console exclusives despite having released on other platforms like the Nintendo Switch in the previous generation; we’re only focusing on whether a game is exclusive to either the PS5 or Xbox Series X / S, and timed console exclusives are treated the same as first-party permanent exclusives until a publisher or developer has a concrete cross-platform release date to share.

PS5 & Xbox Series X/S launch games

GameXbox Series or PS5?Cross-gen upgrade?Other platforms?PC?
GameXbox Series or PS5?Cross-gen upgrade?Other platforms?PC?
Assassin’s Creed ValhallaBothFreePS4, XB1, StadiaYes
Astro’s PlayroomPS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
BugsnaxPS5 onlyFreePS4Yes
Borderlands 3BothFreePS4, XB1, StadiaYes
Bright MemoryXbox onlyNo, Xbox exclusiveNoYes
Cuisine RoyaleBothFree to play; no upgrade neededPS4, XB1Yes
Demon’s Souls (remake)PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveOriginally on PS3No
Devil May Cry 5: Special EditionBothNo upgrade pathNoNo
DIRT 5BothFreePS4, XB1Yes
EnlistedXbox onlyYes, price TBDXB1Yes
EvergateXbox onlyYes, price TBDPS4, XB1, SwitchYes
The FalconeerXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
FortniteBothFree to play; no upgrade neededPS4, XB1, Switch, iOSYes
Forza Horizon 4Xbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
Gears 5Xbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
Gears TacticsXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
GodfallPS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo, PS5 exclusiveYes
GroundedXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
King OddballOptimized for Xbox SeriesTBDPS4, XB1, AndroidYes
ManeaterBothFreePS4, XB1, SwitchYes
Manifold GardenXbox onlyFreePS4, XB1, Switch, iOSYes
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesPS5 onlyFreePS4No
Marvel’s Spider-Man RemasteredPS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
NBA 2K21BothOnly with $99.99 Mamba EditionPS4, XB1, Switch, StadiaYes
No Man’s SkyBothFreePS4, XB1Yes
Observer: System ReduxBothNo upgrade pathPS4, XB1, SwitchYes
Ori and the Will of the WispsXbox onlyFreeXB1, SwitchYes
Overcooked: All You Can EatPS5; Xbox coming laterNo announced upgrade pathXB1 (coming later)No
Planet CoasterBothFreePS4, XB1Yes
Sackboy: A Big AdventurePS5 onlyFreePS4No
Sea of ThievesXbox onlyFreeXB1Yes
Tetris Effect: ConnectedXbox; PS5 coming 2021FreeOriginally on PS4, OculusYes
The PathlessPS5 onlyFreePS4, Apple ArcadeYes
The TourystXbox onlyFreeXB1, SwitchYes
War ThunderXbox onlyFreePS4, XB1Yes
Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer EditionBothNo announced upgrade pathNo, next-gen exclusiveYes
Watch Dogs: LegionBoth; PS5 discs launch Nov. 24FreePS4, XB1, StadiaYes
WRC 9 FIA World Rally ChampionshipBothFreePS4, XB1, SwitchYes
Yakuza: Like a DragonXbox; PS5 coming March 2FreePS4, XB1Yes
Yes, Your GraceXbox onlyFreeXB1, SwitchYes

The confirmed launch day lists only scratch the surface of the upcoming game libraries for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. In the weeks following release, dozens more games are on the way. And 2021 is packed full of new releases and full optimizations of cross-gen games that should further pad out what’s available to play on your new system of choice. We’ve compiled the list below to help you understand every game coming out during this year’s holiday season and what’s been confirmed so far for 2021.

This excludes games without release dates that may have been previously announced — like Elder Scrolls VI and the Fable reboot, for example — and games previously listed in the above chart. We’ve also chosen only to list release dates for games for which the publisher has chosen a concrete date with both day and month.

PS5 & Xbox Series X/S Holiday and 2021 Release Schedule

GameRelease DateXbox Series or PS5?Cross-gen?PC?
GameRelease DateXbox Series or PS5?Cross-gen?PC?
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War11/13/2020BothYes, $10 upgradeYes
Halo: The Master Chief Collection11/17/2020Xbox onlyYes, free upgradeYes
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Edition11/17/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Poker Club11/19/2020BothYesYes
Just Dance 202111/24/2020BothYesYes
Haven12/3/2020PS5 onlyYesYes
Immortals Fenyx Rising12/03/2020BothYesYes
FIFA 2112/4/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Madden NFL 2112/4/2020BothYesYes
Destiny 2: Beyond Light12/8/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Puyo Puyo Tetris 212/8/2020BothYesYes
Temtem12/8/2020PS5 first; Xbox and PC in 2021YesYes
Cyberpunk 207712/10/2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Worms RumbleDecember 2020PS5 onlyYesYes
12 Minutes2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead2020BothYesYes
Call of the Sea2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Control: Ultimate Edition2020BothYes, upgrade only with Ultimate EditionYes
CrossfireX2020Xbox onlyYes, free upgradeYes
Dead by Daylight2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
For Honor2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Mørkredd2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Sable2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Samurai Spirits (aka Samurai Shodown)2020Xbox onlyYesYes
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege2020BothYes, free upgradeYes
Warframe2020BothYes, free-to-playYes
Ratchet & Clank: Rift ApartPS5 “launch window”PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
Hitman 301/20/2021BothFree upgrade from digitalYes
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood02/04/2021BothYesYes
Little Nightmares 202/11/2021BothYesYes
Riders Republic02/25/2021BothYesYes
Destruction AllStarsFebruary 2021PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveNo
Balan Wonderworld03/26/2021BothYesYes
The Medium12/10/2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Braid: Anniversary Edition2021BothYesYes
Bright Memory Infinite2021Xbox onlyNo, Xbox exclusiveYes
CYGNI: All Guns Blazing2021BothYesYes
Chivalry 22021BothYesYes
Cris Tales2021BothYesYes
Deathloop2021PS5 onlyNo, PS5 exclusiveYes
Doom Eternal2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
Echo Generation2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Exomecha2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Far Cry 62021BothYesYes
Ghostwire: Tokyo2021PS5 onlyTBDYes
God of War: Ragnarok2021PS5 onlyTBDTBD
Goodbye Volcano High2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Gotham Knights2021BothYesYes
Grand Theft Auto V2021BothYesYes
Guilty Gear Strive2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Halo Infinite2021Xbox onlyYesYes
Heavenly Bodies2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Hello Neighbor 22021Xbox onlyYesYes
Hogwarts Legacy2021BothYesYes
Horizon Forbidden West2021PS5 onlyYesTBD
Hood: Outlaws and Legends2021BothYesYes
Kena: Bridge of Spirits2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga2021BothYesYes
Marvel’s Avengers2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
Psychonauts 22021Xbox onlyYesYes
Resident Evil Village2021BothYesYes
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II2021Xbox onlyTBDYes
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One2021BothYesYes
Solar Ash2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Stray2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Subnautica / Subnautica: Below Zero2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
The Ascent2021Xbox onlyYes, free upgradeYes
The Elder Scrolls Online2021BothYesYes
The Gunk2021BothYesYes
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum2021Xbox onlyYesYes
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2021BothYes, free upgradeYes
Tribes of Midgard2021PS5 onlyYesYes
Unlimited Fishing Simulator 22021BothYesYes
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 22021BothYesYes
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong2021BothYesYes
War Mongrels2021BothYesYes
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide2021Xbox onlyTBDYes
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League2022BothTBDYes

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