Xbox Series X Games List: All the New Games You Can Exclusively Play on the Console

The biggest Xbox exclusives for Microsoft's new line of consoles

Microsoft is taking a different approach with their next-generation video game hardware, as many Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games will be playable elsewhere. Xbox is transitioning into a broader platform across Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and even mobile through Xbox Game Pass and cloud gaming.

Still, a number of new and upcoming titles will be exclusive to Microsoft's exosystem, labeled as Xbox console exclusive games that will not appear on Sony's PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch. Some of these titles are exclusive (timed) for a limited time.

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12 Minutes (Timed exclusive)

In this Groundhog Day-like thriller, you'll be in the shoes of a man stuck in a time loop. There are only twelve minutes to explore a small apartment, and a mystery to uncover as a violent stranger intrudes. This Annapurna Interactive game has Hollywood stars James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe as voice performers.

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As Dusk Falls (Timed exclusive)

Interactive drama As Dusk Falls is a sprawling yet intimate tale that takes place over the course of three decades in small town Arizona. Make choices in the story that will create repercussions for the characters, all while observing the game's unique hand-drawn-like visual style.

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The Ascent (Timed exclusive)

Play alone or with up to three friends in The Ascent, an action RPG that depicts a cyberpunk world in total chaos and disarray. The corporation that enslaved you has collapsed, and you'll be fighting for survival as other organizations make power plays. Players can augment and enhance their body with cybernetics, and there's loot galore from defeating enemies.

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Avowed (Console exclusive)

RPG veterans Obsidian Entertainment are creating a fantastical world called Eora, which players can only experience on Xbox consoles. Not much is known about Avowed, other than it will be a first-person RPG similar to The Elder Scrolls. It's far from release, so there's enough time to sharpen your sword until then.

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Call of the Sea (Timed exclusive)

Call of the Sea is a bright and colorful adventure set in the 1930s. You play as Nora, a woman searching for her husband, who went missing during an expedition. Expect plenty of puzzles galore as you explore a South Pacific island from a first-person perspective.

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CrossfireX (Console exclusive)

Alan Wake and Control studio Remedy Entertainment crafted the campaign for CrossfireX, a multiplayer shooter by developer Smilegate. The story of CrossfireX depicts a skirmish between two warring mercenary groups: Global Risk and Black List. This is an Xbox-exclusive update to the original CrossFire for PC—best of all, the multiplayer is free to play.

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Echo Generation (Timed exclusive)

Like a Stephen King novel or a season of Stranger Things, Echo Generation is a period piece that focuses on a group of young kids encountering the supernatural. Set in the summer of 1993, this game has you investigate a nearby meteorite crash, which leads to an abundance of strange creatures and monsters emerging and wreaking havoc. You'll keep them in check through turn-based combat.

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Everwild (Console exclusive)

The legendary British studio Rare is once again creating an original world, with their latest effort being fantasy game Everwild. Rare hasn't divulged too much about the title, but its trailer showcases magic-wielding human characters exploring colorful fantasy locales while also building symbiotic relationships with the wildlife. Assumedly, you'll be able to pet the animals.

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Exo One (Console exclusive)

Surreal sci-fi game Exo One has players controlling a flying sphere that travels through space and manipulates gravity. You'll explore different planets, taking in the strangeness that comes with them, all while uncovering a mysterious story. There's no blood and guts to be found here, but Exo One is fitting for anyone looking for an atmospheric and sensory experience.

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ExoMecha (Timed exclusive)

As the name implies, ExoMecha is full of large-scale mech battles. A unique take on the battle royale genre, this free-to-play multiplayer game takes place on the fictional planet of Omecha, which a number of species are fighting for control of. Witness a beautiful, natural landscape evolving into an advanced civilization—all while giant, fighting robots are going at it.

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Fable (Console exclusive)

Forza Horizon developers Playground Games are bringing back the quirky world of Fable in a brand new next-generation experience. Microsoft has not shown any gameplay of the fourth Fable game, but a short cinematic trailer displays that this next entry will still have a mix of fantastical environments and off-color humor.

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The Falconeer (Timed exclusive)

Taking place in the fantasy world of the Great Ursee, The Falconeer is all about air combat. This open world game allows you to control a large bird in dog-fighting combat—take evasive maneuvers and pull off exciting acrobatic tricks to fight other falconeers, along with giant monsters and dragons.

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Forza Motorsport (Console exclusive)

The always-reliable Forza Motorsport series will have a new entry for Xbox Series X, with studio Turn 10 returning to bring this racing franchise to a new generation of hardware. As other Forza Motorsport games have done for the previous Xbox consoles, the highly detailed cars and tracks in this eighth entry will be a showcase for the graphical fidelity of the Xbox Series X.

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The Gunk (Timed exclusive)

The creators of the SteamWorld games are transitioning from 2D to 3D in this third-person adventure game. The Gunk may have a silly name, but the outer space world of the game is no joke, with a parasite ravaging this alien planet. You'll run, jump, and vacuum up slime while traversing through the visually arresting surroundings.

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Halo Infinite (Console exclusive)

The sixth main installment of the long-running Halo first-person shooter series is promising to go back to the open-world roots of the first Halo game. Master Chief and a human pilot are thrown onto a Halo ring, where they must fight their way out against the Banished with the usual Halo arsenal. Unfortunately for Xbox fans, Halo Infinite will not release in time for the Xbox Series X, with much polishing left to be done.

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The Medium (Timed exclusive)

Horror game studio Bloober Team is crafting a high-concept scarefest for the new Xbox—The Medium has you control, well, a medium that has access to two different worlds. Switch between the spirit world and the "real" world while exploring an abandoned hotel, and uncover the story behind the vision of a murder. The Medium advertises a "dual soundtrack" from the composer of Silent Hill, giving this title some extra horror cred.

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Scorn (Timed exclusive)

Inspired by the artwork of H.R. Giger, most famous for the visual design of the Alien movies, Scorn imagines a horrific and nightmarish sci-fi world. Filled with puzzles and grotesque setpieces, Scorn will certainly gross you out if the dark atmosphere doesn't already terrify you.

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade II (Console exclusive)

The popular action game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice combined hack and slash combat with a harrowing story involving mental health, with the eponymous protagonist of Senua suffering through a form of psychosis. Hellblade is getting a sequel that will take place in Iceland—Senua's Saga will take advantage of the Xbox Series X's capabilities and continue the dark, Norse-inspired world-building from the first game.

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Stalker 2 (Timed exclusive)

Taking place in an alternate reality where a second explosion occurred Chernobyl, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games combines first-person shooter action and psychological horror. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has long been in the works—previously canceled, the project has been revived and will take full advantage of brand new hardware to render a desolate wasteland and belligerent mutants.

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State of Decay 3 (Console exclusive)

A zombie apocalypse is never easy to live through, but that's the exact premise of the State of Decay series. Scavenge for items and work together with your friends in order to survive, all for the purpose of building a larger community. The trailer shows a scene in a cold, dangerous forest, inhabited with creatures such as an undead deer.

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Tetris Effect: Connected (Timed exclusive)

PlayStation 4 and PC users have already experienced the gorgeous and theraputic dreamscapes and memorable original soundtrack of Tetris Effect, which is an artistic take on the classic falling block game. But Xbox players will get first dibs of an updated version of the game, Tetris Effect: Connected, which features multiplayer and an enhanced single-player mode. Plug in your headphones and let the Tetris gameplay take you places.

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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (Timed exclusive)

Following up from Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will continue the four-player co-op action that faces you against seemingly endless waves of monsters. However, this new Warhammer game will switch from a dark fantasy setting to a futuristic sci-fi setting—get ready to trade in your sword and shield for a plasma rifle.