Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori, Sea of Thieves, and Gears Tactics get upgraded Xbox Series X

Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori, Sea of Thieves, and Gears Tactics get upgraded Xbox Series X


Microsoft not only announced new games for the upcoming Xbox Series X; The company also announced that some Xbox One games will recently be upgraded to the next generation console with new features and better graphics.

Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori and Will of the Wisps, Sea of Thieves, and Gears Tactics are the five games that Microsoft has announced will get the "Optimized for Xbox X Series" badge this holiday season, with various upgrades coming to each of these games. Players who already have a copy of one of these titles on Xbox One will get a free, optimized Xbox Series X every time they are released, thanks to Microsoft's Smart Delivery program.

Here’s how everything breaks down:

  • Forza Horizon 4 is getting “higher fidelity graphics,” 4K / 60fps gameplay, Quick Resume, and faster load times
  • Gears 5 will see faster load times, Quick Resume, and “Ultra” setting 4K HDR graphics for both campaign and multiplayer modes
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps is getting higher-fidelity graphics and faster performance (120fps / 4K HDR / 120Hz)
  • Sea of Thieves willtake advantage” of the “advanced hardware” on the Xbox Series X, although Microsoft didn’t give specific details. It is the only one in the group to have a more specific release date, though: the optimized upgrade will be available on launch day alongside the Series X.
  • Gears Tactics will offer 4K / 60fps gameplay

Especially not on this list is Minecraft, which Microsoft has previously shown with Xbox Series X enhancements that are larger than the games mentioned above, including lighting that is tracked with light that is far more realistic, although there is a possibility that improvements are only will be done later due to increased complexity.

It is important to note that these five titles are only the first to be specifically optimized by Microsoft for Xbox Series X with new enhancements. Xbox Series X will be able to play almost all Xbox One games (beyond those built for Kinect), thanks to backwards compatibility, although they may not have the same level of improvement with this specifically optimized title.

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