We’re now in the third year of the latest console generation, which means more new games are finally coming out and development on older Xbox One versions has all but wrapped up. So what’s the best that Microsoft’s current hardware has to offer?
A fair bit of this list still pays tribute to cross-gen games, including older ones that, thanks to definitive “next-gen” ports, are every bit as top-tier as new Xbox Series X/S exclusives. Simply put: if you just got your first Xbox Series X/S and haven’t already played these games before, what follows are the top “must plays” for the platform.
Yes, the Xbox Series X and S are basically souped-up Xbox Ones, which means you’ll rarely be pressed for awesome games to play. A good rule of thumb is this: If it was playable on the Xbox One, it’s playable on the Xbox Series X and S. (To that end, here’s our list of the best games for the Xbox One.) There’s also the matter of a little service called Game Pass.
For $10 a month, you can access a library of more than 100 Xbox games, including first-party exclusives and a rotating slew of third-party hits. (Hey, look, here’s our list of the best games on Game Pass.) With all that in mind, here are the best games for the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S.