PS5 and Xbox Series X Launch Games -- Here Are the Titles Confirmed So Far

With the PS5 and Xbox Series X/Series S to debut in November, here are the games expected to arrive right when the new consoles launch.

By Ryan Meitzler

October 1, 2020

The PS5 and Xbox Series X/Series S are finally about to release, with a little over a month until both new consoles finally bring us into next-gen. Given the wait and anticipation that has built up for them over the past year, naturally one of the biggest parts of the next-gen launch is looking forward to the new titles that will debut alongside Sony and Microsoft’s systems.

With the new consoles on the horizon, we’re breaking down the launch titles that are known to be coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/Series at (or near) their release, and we’ll update the lists for both platforms as new titles are announced or confirmed. Additionally, we’ll also take a short look at some of the other game-related features for each system such as backward compatibility, subscription services, and more.

Xbox Series X/Series S Launch Titles Confirmed (So Far)

After a long wait, Microsoft finally announced the Xbox Series S–a smaller, more affordable next-gen option–while also confirming the price and release date of the Xbox Series X. As announced last month, the Series X and Series will both launch on November 10, 2020 worldwide for $499 and $299, respectively.

To date, here are all of the first-party and third-party Xbox Series X/Series S games that have been confirmed to launch alongside the consoles on (or around) November 10, 2020:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bright Memory 1.0
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
  • Cusine Royale
  • Dead By Daylight
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition 
  • Dirt 5
  • Enlisted
  • Evergate
  • The Falconeer
  • Fortnite
  • Gears Tactics
  • Grounded
  • King Oddball
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Maneater
  • Manifold Garden
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Touryst
  • War Thunder
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Yes, Your Grace

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Xbox Series X/Series S Backward Compatibility and Smart Delivery

Alongside the new first and third-party titles that are releasing for the Xbox Series X/Series S when the consoles launch, both systems will feature the ability to play titles from previous Xbox generations through backward compatibility. Additionally there is also Smart Delivery, which is Microsoft’s new feature ensuring that players receive the most fully-optimized version of a game for the specific piece of hardware that they are playing on, whether they are on an Xbox Series X, Xbox One, or PC.

At the moment, this seemingly includes a vast majority of Xbox One titles alongside previous backward compatible titles from the Xbox 360 and original Xbox generations. Notably, several titles from the Xbox One will also be receiving optimized versions for the Series X and Series S when they launch.

To date, here are some of the Xbox One titles confirmed to be getting optimizations for Xbox Series X and Series S at launch:

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Planet Coaster
  • Sea of Thieves

Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft’s key initiative over the past several has been investing in Xbox Game Pass, its subscription service that brings members a rotating selection of new titles and old favorites alongside Microsoft’s first-party Xbox titles. At launch, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to access the service on both Xbox Series X and Series S, giving new system owners the chance to play to over 100 titles from across the various Xbox console libraries.

Notably, Game Pass will be getting some big upgrades in the near future from third-party partners and studios. Microsoft announced that EA Play will be added for Game Pass subscribers at no additional cost, which will bring EA’s collection of titles to the service on November 10. Additionally, following the acquisition of Bethesda Softworks and its parent company ZeniMax Media, many of Bethesda’s back catalog titles will be added to Game Pass in the near future.

PS5 Launch Titles Confirmed (So Far)

As announced last month, Sony officially confirmed that the PS5 will launch in a select group of countries on November 12, 2020, with its wider release across the world to follow on November 19, 2020. Two versions of the console–the Standard Edition and Digital Edition without a disc drive–will retail for $499 and $399, respectively.

To date, here are all of the first-party and third-party PS5 games that have been confirmed to launch alongside the console on (or around) November 12, 2020:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bugsnax
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • Fortnite
  • Godfall
  • Just Dance 2021
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Maneater
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • The Pathless
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

PS5 Backward Compatibility

While the PS5 will be focused on delivering next-gen experiences, Sony confirmed that the system will also support backward compatibility for PS4 titles. At the moment, the company confirmed that the launch selection of backward compatible titles on the PS5 would likely be limited to start and tailored to the most popular PS4 games. However, Sony’s Jim Ryan clarified that the PS5 will likely support the vast majority of legacy PS4 titles, but will not be able to support backward compatibility with the earlier PlayStation generations: the PS3, PS2, or PS1.

PlayStation Now

Since its launch in 2014, PlayStation Now has been Sony’s primary subscription service for streaming a growing catalog of games from across several generations of PlayStation. While initially the service was structured around renting games to play digitally or through streaming, PlayStation Now has evolved a lot over the past several years as a more flexible subscription model similar to Xbox Game Pass. Though the service mostly has older titles compared to brand new games, PlayStation Now still features a large collection of games that continually has grown each month–such as Bloodborne, The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, and more–and is also accessible to players on PC.

In terms of heading into next-gen, Sony has confirmed that PlayStation Now will be coming to the PS5, and that existing subscribers will be able to carry over their membership to the new system. While the PS5 will natively support playing PS4 titles through backward compatibility, PlayStation Now seems like it will give an outlet for PS5 owners to play through a wider collection of older PlayStation titles through streaming. However, Sony hasn’t given specifics yet on how PlayStation Now will work on PS5, especially if it will offer the ability to download games for offline play.

PlayStation Plus Collection

Announced during Sony’s PS5 Showcase last month, PlayStation will be adding an extra incentive at launch for PS5 owners for those with an active PlayStation Plus subscription, the PlayStation Plus Collection. Intended as a “Greatest Hits” compilation of some of the best titles that released on the PS4, the PlayStation Plus Collection will bring a group of 18 backward compatible titles to the PS5 at launch, and will be free to PS Plus members.

You can check out all 18 of the games confirmed for the PlayStation Plus Collection below:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Bloodborne
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • God of War
  • inFamous: Second Son
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us: Remastered
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Until Dawn
  • Resident Evil VII: Biohazard

The Xbox Series X and Series S will both be released on November 10, 2020 worldwide. The PS5 will launch in select countries and regions starting on November 12, 2020, with the system to roll out to more territories the following week on November 19, 2020.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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