Best of the boosts
The games you can get right now to test the power of your awesome Xbox One X
The Xbox One has been out for almost four years now and has an extensive library of fantastic games to enjoy, but with the power of Xbox One X finally within reach a lot of those games are now getting facelifts to take advantage of all of that extra tech. From 4K graphics to boosted performances and fancy, detail-enhancing lighting, there’s a lot to get excited about. While there are a lot of exciting games on the horizon such as Crackdown 3 and Sea Of
Thieves, there are still plenty of games that you can get right now that will show you just what the machine is capable of. These are the games to pick up at launch to make the most of it..
06 Injustice 2
We were astounded by how great the faces in this game looked when we reviewed it back in May, but the upcoming resolution and HDR enhancements means there’s a risk we’ll be getting the characters in the brawler confused with real people. Being a side-on fighter played in quite tight spaces you’ll really get a chance to take in the graphical improvements just by being able to get up a little closer to them. We’re also hoping the increased processing power of the console will keep the game running smoother than Superman’s hair – a must with superpowered fisticuffs.
08 Gears Of War 4
This high-octane shooter originally released in October last year, but has received loads of content updates since and is now going to look better than ever thanks to an update on 7 November for Xbox One X owners. The game will now run natively in 4K which means it’ll be four times the resolution of the current game if you want your adventure to look extra pretty, but they’ve also got a ‘performance’ mode in store that instead puts all of the console’s processing power into keeping campaign and horde mode running extra smoothly. You’ll still get a huge graphical boost with the mode, but not quite as much as the ‘Visuals’ mode, but it’s great to be able to make the choice yourself.
05 Final Fantasy XV
So while this epic RPG won’t quite run in true 4K, it will still benefit greatly from the X’s processing power. Being an open-world RPG there are a lot of things going on at the same time, for instance all the buildings, monsters and cars you see out in the world, so all that extra power will help keep it all ticking over smoothly. FFXV is also getting a boost to its draw-distance allowing you to take in more of the gorgeous world of Eos at once, including seeing all of the creatures gallivanting around the countryside. It’s also getting HDR so you’ll be able to see loads more detail, even in dark caves and dungeons.
07 Halo Wars 2
As well as getting a 4K boost to make all of your strategy meetings look better, the game has also received a recent expansion with Awakening The Nightmare. So not only does the game look fabulous now, with some particularly flashy explosions, but you’ve also got a whole heap of new content to get stuck into. The graphical changes make a real difference, with the improved resolution making it easier to for you to make snap strategy decisions and recognise units more quickly. In particular the colour range has been enhanced, which works really well with the Halo universe’s bright design.
This is one of those games that looks absolutely fantastic on PC if you can afford a high-end rig – something that’s always been out of reach for console owners. Until now that is. Thanks to the power of the Xbox One X players can expect the kind of performance you’d find on the best of PCs all neatly wrapped in a little box under your TV for your convenience. The Doom enhancements are pushing for a silky smooth 60fps so you’ll get the ultimate shooter experience. Of course it will also be getting all of the graphical boosts you’d expect so you’ll be able to pop heads in gloriously high definition.
03 The Witcher 3
Now is the time to dig out your old copy of the greatest open-world game released to date and revisit it with all of the enhanced bells and whistles it deserves. Just imagine strolling through Novigrad in 4K, or even just the countryside with its wind-blasted forests and rolling hills. The update is promised for ‘before the end of the year’ so might not quite make it for the consoles launch, but this will be the game to get just for the sheer spectacle of it. Naked Geralt lounging in his bath tub has never looked better.
01 Forza Motorsport 7s
This is the poster child for Xbox One X. We’re not sure how many goats the developers had to sacrifice, but there definitely must be some witchcraft involved to make a game look this good. It’s especially apparent in how the cars look as they tear around a track, the shifts in light direction reflect off of the cars’ surfaces so naturally sometimes you forget that they’re not real. They’ve also managed to keep a consistently high performance so the game is promised to run just as well as it looks. The devs have been so good at making enhancements for the console, that they’ve even advised other developers on how to approach their own enhancements. If you take the plunge and buy an X, make sure you grab this to show it off at its best.
02 Rise Of The Tomb Raider
If you want to test what the Xbox One X can do then this is the game you’ll want to add to your collection. It has a few different choices for its enhancements that let you prioritise if you want to run the game with full native 4K resolution, enhance lighting and textures, or if you want to go down the slicker performance route that will give you slightly less of a visual boost, but will make all of that leaping about and tomb-exploring far smoother. We look forward to experimenting to find out just which type of enhanced performance we prefer.