Learn more about what makes a game optimized for Xbox Series X and the different features and technological innovations developers can take advantage of with the latest information regarding the program.
When a title is listed as “Optimized for Xbox Series X,” it indicates that the title takes advantage of the full power of Xbox Series X. With these titles, development teams have either natively designed or fully rebuilt their game to take full advantage of the console’s capabilities. This can include virtually eliminating load times (through the Xbox Velocity Architecture), heightened visuals, hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing (powered by DirectX 12 Ultimate), to even higher framerates up to 120 frames per second.
In the case of the latter, Technical Director at Codemasters David Springate spoke about optimizing DiRT 5 for Xbox Series X:
“DIRT 5 is a fast, action-packed amplified off-road racing game and being able to play it with 120fps options on Xbox Series X is incredible. The power of Series X means that the game looks stunning at 60fps, and we’re also able to offer amazingly smooth, responsive gameplay at 120fps while still looking gorgeous. Racing fans know frame rate is king and DIRT 5 will deliver on this. Players will experience the strongest sense of speed and responsiveness at the highest frame rate. It’s such a great, smooth experience – I hadn’t experienced another racer like it.”
Regarding the load times of the Xbox Series X, Mike Rayner of The Coalition had to say the following:
“As a game developer one of the most exciting improvements that far exceeds expectations is the massive I/O improvements on Xbox Series X. With the Xbox Series X, out of gate we reduced our load-times by more than 4x without any code changes. With the new DirectStorage APIs and new hardware decompression we can further improve I/O performance and reduce CPU overhead both of which are essential to achieve fast loading. As we look to the future, the Xbox Series X’s Sampler Feedback for Streaming (SFS) is a game changer for how we think about world streaming and visual level of detail.”
Learn more with the trailer below:
Xbox Series X – Optimized for Xbox Series X Trailer
For a full list of what titles will be supported (which includes Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and more), along with more information regarding the program, you can read all the details here.