The Xbox One X is a beast of a console. With its 6TF of computing power it's by far the most powerful console available today, but this means nothing if games haven't been built to take advantage of this power. Thankfully, quite a few Xbox One games have been enhanced to use the Xbox One X's many teraflops and expanded memory (in comparison to the Xbox One), but which games really show off the Xbox One X? We've compiled this list, detailing the 11 best games to show off your Xbox One X. Whether you want crisp 4K loveliness, more believable HDR lighting, or just better quality visuals overall, we've got the games for you.
Best Xbox One X Enhanced Games
If you are looking to build up a collection of Xbox One games that show off your Xbox One X, then this is the list for you. Not only are these games great, but they also look amazing on your TV (4K TV is preferred, but downsampling means Xbox One X games also look great on older 1080p TVs). We'll update this list as more games are released that take advantage of the Xbox One X, so keep checking back.
Forza Horizon 3
Developer: Playground Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Originally released way back in 2016, Forza Horizon 3 has been a very solid and impressive seller for Microsoft. Horizon is seen as the more accessible, fun version of the Forza brand, and Horizon 3 is the best to date. The game looked amazing on the Xbox One, and it looks even more dazzling running on the Xbox One X. Horizon 3 on the Xbox One X runs in native 4K at a rock solid 30FPS. The game also features improved visuals over the game on the Xbox One, meaning you'll see a nice boost in visual quality whether you're playing on a 4K TV or a 1080p set. Chances are Forza Horizon 3 will remain the most visually impressive open-world racer on the market until the sequel rolls around (probably at the end of 2018).
Assassin's Creed Origins
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft dropped the ball with the Assassin's Creed franchise, but after a little break it returned with the superb Assassin's Creed Origins. Not only does this huge, sprawling epic suggest a great future for AC, but it looks amazing on the Xbox One X. Microsoft used the game during its promotion for the Xbox One X, and it's clear why: on a 4K TV, especially one capable of making the most of HDR, few games offer as many picture-postcard moments. AC Origins also lets you tweak the HDR to suit your TV, which is a feature more games should include.
Forza Motorsport 7
Developer: Turn 10
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Forza Motorsport 7 is Microsoft's showcase for the Xbox One X. It's the only first-party game released for the Xbox One to date that was built with the Xbox One X in mind. As such it ticks all the boxes. It runs at 60FPS in native 4K resolution - something few games have managed. It also features some gorgeous HDR and beautiful environments. While Forza 7 might not be the most exciting game to look at in terms of events taking place on the screen, Turn 10's racer is a brilliant example of what can be achieved if 4K/60FPS is the target from the outset.
Gears of War 4
Developer: The Coalition
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Microsoft's dedicated Gears of War studio, The Coalition, didn't please everyone with its debut title, Gears of War 4, but it certainly got an awful lot out of the original Xbox One hardware. Built with Unreal Engine 4, Gears of War 4 offered a visual quality thought impossible on the relatively underpowered console. On the Xbox One X, thanks to a free update, Gears of War 4 is given the chance to stretch its legs. In 4K you get improved visuals and HDR, which looks stunning on a good TV, and there's also a 1080p 60FPS mode, which is a revelation in terms of gameplay.
Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: IO Interactive
Hitman got off to a rocky start due to a confused message surrounding its episodic nature, but now the complete game is thought of as one of the best in the series. At the end of 2017 developer and publisher IO Interactive overhauled Hitman's visuals in a large update to the game, and in turn added some tremendous Xbox One X support. You can choose to play at 4K or at a high frame rate. The frame rate option, brilliantly, still delivers a resolution far higher than the game running on the Xbox One or PS4.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
You might see The Elder Scrolls Online as an odd choice, but of all the games featured on this list it's near the top in terms of how the Xbox One X has transformed it. When compared to the original Xbox One version, the X version can at times look like a completely different game. The 4K image resolution does wonders to the huge environment, while improved visual effects and HDR bring the world to life. The Elder Scrolls Online can also be bought very cheaply these days (although it does require an Xbox Live Gold membership), so definitely consider giving it a go. For an MMO it's even a lot of fun to play alone.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Microsoft Studios/Square Enix
When Rise of the Tomb Raider, the latest game in the franchise with close ties to the PlayStation, was announced as an Xbox One exclusive (although only for a year), there were a lot of tantrums. Xbox One owners benefited from one of the best games of 2015, and now the game looks significantly better on Xbox One X. Just like on PS4 Pro, there are numerous pre-set visual options, focusing on visual quality, frame rate, or resolution. It's hard to say which option is the best, as they all have their advantages. Once you've experienced the high frame rate mode it's hard to go back, but Rise of the Tomb Raider in 4K HDR is a wonderful looking game.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Developer: DICE, Criterion, EA Motive,
Yes, Star Wars Battlefront 2 was a bit of a disaster for EA. Thanks to a fan backlash against the use of loot boxes, anything the game did well was squashed beneath a justifiable onslaught of rage. The game itself, while not the spectacular effort we hoped would follow the decent 2015 game, is… OK, but more importantly for this list feature, looks INCREDIBLE. On Xbox One X you are getting by far the best console version of the game, with visuals on par with a PC that costs a lot more money. The graphics really shine in the game's single-player campaign (which is sadly forgettable in all other ways), while the online multiplayer looks lovely - even the loot boxes shine ever so brighter in 4K!
The Witcher 3
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
The Witcher 3 has become this generation's Skyrim, selling forever as the RPG you need to own. Xbox One owners had to make do with a decent version, but one that was significantly beneath the PS4 game in terms of visuals (which itself was far below the PC game). Now, thanks to an Xbox One X update, Xbox One X owners can experience the most visually impressive console version of the game, plus play with HDR which isn't even in the PC game! On Xbox One X you can play in crisp 4K at 30FPS or unlock the frame rate and experience something that tries to hit 60FPS at a much lower resolution. While a high-end PC still boasts the best visuals (apart from HDR), the Xbox One X is the place to play the game on console.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher:Warner Bros. Interactive
Shadow of War, like Assassin's Creed Origins, was used heavily by Microsoft to show off the Xbox One X. While the game has been enhanced for PS4 Pro, the upgrade for Xbox One X is one of the most dramatic. Whereas the PS4 Pro version of Shadow of War is essentially a slightly enhanced version that runs at a dynamic 4K resolution (often running under 4K), on Xbox One X you get a higher resolution and vastly superior textures. The higher resolution textures transform the world and make the game far prettier. If you're after a game to show how much better an Xbox One X game can look compared to a PS4 Pro game, Shadow of War is the one to buy.
Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Halo 5 had a lot riding on its shoulders, and in the end it simply wasn't quite good enough to break through the negativity surrounding the Xbox One at the time of its release. Halo 5 is still a great game, though, and now on Xbox One X it's even more beautiful. There's sadly no HDR support in Halo 5 for the Xbox One X, but in 4K at 60FPS it's still a gorgeous game. If you thought it looked good on the original Xbox One, you won't believe how good it looks in super sharp 4K.