Every Next-Gen Game Playable on Launch
Here are the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X games you can play on launch day, including next-gen exclusives and current-gen upgrades
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X are right around the corner. Given that they are so close to launch, it’s no surprise that we’ve been hit with a massive amount of information around specs, new features, UI, and all kinds of other stuff that’s raising hype levels.
But there’s an outstanding question that many players are struggling with: what games can I play on my shiny new console on launch day? Fortunately, we’re here to help.
Let’s get something important out of the way first: most of the games coming out over the next couple of months are being made for both current and next-gen consoles. If you weren’t able to pre-order one of the new machines (or you simply don’t want to make the leap just yet), you’re still in good shape to enjoy many of these games. That means you can still play Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example, on your current-gen console.
However, bear in mind that there may be specific features that these upcoming games contain that are only available on next-gen systems. Stuff like 4K visuals, ultra-fast loading times, ray-tracing, and 3D audio are all examples of next-gen-specific features.
With those caveats out of the way, let’s dive in and break down the games that will be available on both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X on launch.
Games available at launch on both PS5 and Xbox Series S/X
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft’s franchise is getting ready to head up north for its latest entry and it promises to be an adventure that we’ll be spending a long time exploring. Taking on the role of a Viking, the player will sail into old England to find a new settlement for his crew, forming new alliances and taking on new enemies. Valhalla promises to build on the success of its predecessors Odyssey and Origins to create something truly remarkable.
After more than seven years of waiting, the time has finally come. CD Projekt RED, the creators of The Witcher III, are ready to release their dystopian-future, first-person RPG that has already developed a sizeable following. Featuring the involvement and backing of celebrity figures like Keanu Reeves, it certainly could be a GOTY contender.
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
Dante and company are back with a vengeance! This Special Edition of the game, which received the award for Best Action Game at the 2019 Game Awards, will focus on the main antagonist Vergil and his actions throughout the course of the story. But no matter what, it promises to be as stylish as ever.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Ubisoft strikes again, this time with their third entry to the Watch Dogs franchise that will take players to a not-so-distant, yet somehow dystopian version of future London, where people work together to take down the oppressive government regime. There is no one hero in this title, as players will be able to hack into the devices of pretty much anyone they see and use them as they see fit. Quite the interesting premise!
Other multiplatform games with next-gen upgrades
There are numerous other games coming to both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X. All Xbox games that have next-gen upgrades available for Xbox Series S/X will receive these upgrades via Microsoft’s Smart Delivery program. Games with free upgrades from PS4 to PS5 are specifically indicated.
- Borderlands 3 (free upgrade from PS4 version)
- Destiny 2: Beyond Light
- Dirt 5 (free upgrade from PS4 version)
- Just Dance 2021
- Maneater (free upgrade from PS4 version)
- Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (free upgrade from PS4 version)
- NBA 2K21
- Observer: System Redux
- Planet Coaster: Console Edition
- Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
Although there are a large number of multiplatform releases that will be compatible with both the next-gen consoles, there are also plenty of exclusives too. Here are the games that will be exclusive to Sony’s consoles — many of them will be available on both PS4 and PS5 (which we’ve also indicated). Games in bold are exclusive to PS5.
- Astro’s Playroom
- Bugsnax (PS5 & PS4)
- Demon’s Souls
- Destruction AllStars
- Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5 & PS4)
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5 & PS4)
- Call Of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War (releases November 13) (PS5 and PS4)
- The Pathless (PS5 & PS4)
There are several existing PS4 games that will have PS5 upgrades. For example, Sucker Punch just released the v1.1 update for Ghost of Tsushima that includes the Legends co-op mode. This will be fully supported on PS5 along with a 60fps frame rate. Control is another PS4 game that will have a PS5 upgrade available, but only for gamers who purchased the Ultimate Edition. All other versions won’t be upgradeable.
PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download a number of highly-acclaimed games at no extra charge through a program dubbed “PS Plus Collection”. It’s unclear if any of these games will benefit from the PS5’s Boost Mode feature, but they will absolutely run natively on the new console, allowing gamers to simply download and play. Here are the included games:
- Battlefield 1
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- 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 and Clank
- Resident Evil 7
- The Last Of Us: Remastered
- The Last Guardian
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until Dawn
Now we get to Xbox. Here’s a list of games that are exclusive to Xbox consoles (which includes the Series S, X, and the Xbox One family of machines). It’s important to note that many of these games are already available on the Xbox One family and will automatically upgrade to the Series S/X version via Microsoft’s Smart Delivery program.
Games in bold will also be available via Xbox Game Pass.
- Bright Memory 1.0
- Cuisine Royale
- Dead By Daylight
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears 5
- Gears Tactics
- King Oddball
- Manifold Garden
- Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
- Sea Of Thieves
- Tetris Effect: Connected
- The Touryst
- The Falconeer
- War Thunder
- WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
- Yes, Your Grace
Remember too that the Xbox Series S/X are supposed to be fully backward compatible, offering players access to a huge library of games that stretch right back to the very first Xbox. This means there should be more than enough content to keep you busy until those first mouth-watering next-gen exclusives begin to roll out.
Hopefully we’ve been able to clarify the situation for you, especially if you’re still considering whether or not to pick up a next-gen console near launch. Whatever path you take, remember to have fun!