Sea Of Thieves
Rare’s multiplayer pirate game isn’t one you’d expect to look drastically better on Xbox One X given its clean, simple art design, but it does have lots of detail that the new console can bring out. Full 4K support does special things to this watery world. Take the water itself: the spray from a rogue wave, the white foam churned up by swelling currents, and the sun glimmering across rolling undulations. These are some of the best water effects we’ve ever seen. It helps that all Microsoft exclusives are PC-compatible by default, because it means developers like Rare can share techniques across both versions of the game. Again, Sea Of Thieves looks great when you’re playing at 1080p on Xbox One, but Xbox One X upgrades the warped, painterly aesthetic and results in distant rocky islands looking clearer, blue skies seeming more vibrant, and water appearing, well, wetter. It’s even more timber-shivering.