The 31 Greatest Things About To Happen To Your Xbox One

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A sneak peek into Microsoft’s future

Microsoft wasn’t pulling any punches when it comes to E3 2017, making a number of important announcements about exclusives, backwards compatibility and a brand new console. Here’s the best stuff coming soon for Xbox One gamers.

First: The Xbox One is getting an upgrade. Xbox One X supports full 4K UHD resolution, works with all Xbox One accessories and games and will give a graphics boost to older titles. The updated console — the most powerful in the world — boasts 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, an eight-core CPU and six-teraflop GPU, all while managing to be the smallest Xbox console yet.

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Xbox One X: Gaming in 4K

It should be noted that nearly every single game announced during Xbox’s E3 presentation will have 4K graphic updates on Xbox One X. The new system releases November 7 and can be yours for $499.

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Xbox backwards compatibility

As Microsoft continues to expand its backwards compatibility into more Xbox 360 titles, they’ll also start including some original Xbox games. While a full list has not been named, Crimson Skies was mentioned as one Microsoft wants to make sure is compatible when the new program launches later in 2017.

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Forza Motorsport 7

If you’re looking to show off the power of Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 is what you need. With over 700 cars to choose from–including the new 2018 Porsche GT2RS–and graphics clocking in at 60 frames a second, it looks stunning. This game hits stores October 3.

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins

The next Assassin’s Creed game is set in Ancient Egypt, with a new assassin named Bayek at the center. Everything you love about Assassin’s Creed games is here, plus a new villain tracking system via the protagonist’s pet eagle.

It’s in stores October 27.

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Far Cry 5

The newest Far Cry is set in fictional Hope County, Montana, pitting you against a doomsday cult led by a maniacal preacher. If that’s not enough to entice you to play, you can enlist citizens with special skills as well as wild animals in your fight. Plus, there’s a co-op campaign option.

Far Cry 5 releases February 27, 2018.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ

This fighting game lets you play as your favorite Dragon Ball characters in fast-paced and visually masterful fights that look as if they were pulled from the series.

Dragon Ball FighterZ arrives in early 2018.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth looks better and more crude than the original. The superhero-themed RPG puts a vulgar spin on Captain America: Civil War as Eric Cartman leads his team Coon and Friends into a war against fellow vigilantes the Freedom Pals. Players will get to not only create their own hero but choose a side in the fight.

This game hits stores on October 17.

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Cuphead

If you’ve ever wondered what a platform video game set in a Max Fleischer cartoon would look like, Cuphead is the title for you. After many E3 appearances (development began in 2010), this incredibly unique game finally got a release date: September 29.

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Anthem

Electronic Arts’ new IP looks like Destiny meets Iron Man. The action role-playing game sends players out in exosuits to explore a dangerous world filled with vicious monsters.

Anthem releases in 2018.

State of Decay 2

The next chapter in the zombie apocalypse survival game adds a huge improvement: co-op multiplayer. Now you can try to survive the end of the world with your friends.

State of Decay 2 arrives in Spring 2018.

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Super Lucky’s Tales

This foxy platformer, an Xbox One exclusive, looks delightfully old school and downright adorable.

It releases on November 7.

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Ashen

This RPG has a distinct visual style, with a focus on more polygonal characters and environments than realistic-looking ones. It gives Ashen a unique feel, as you battle all manner of monsters.

No release date has been announced.

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Black Desert

After debuting on PCs, MMORPG Black Desert is coming to consoles in all its epic glory. The game will launch first on Xbox One, though no release date has been given.

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A Way Out

It’s hard to escape prison alone, so A Way Out makes you do it with a friend: The only way to play this game is as a co-op campaign.

A Way Out looks to be a very unique gaming experience. You’ll be able to try it yourself in early 2018.

Code Vein

The action role-playing game features gameplay that looks similar to Dark Souls–which also comes from Bandai Namco Entertainment–but with an anime visual style. Code Vein releases in 2018.

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Star Wars Battlefront II

This sequel is ups the ante with more epic and massive multiplayer battles, free downloadable content and a single-player campaign that bridges Star Wars: Episode VII – Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Based on the gameplay seen to far, Battlefront II is bigger and better in every way possible than its predecessor.

Star Wars: Battlefront II hits stores on November 17.

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Crackdown 3

The open-world crime fighting game with super powers is back, but this time you aren’t just destroying cars. The game’s environments and buildings are also destructible, giving you even bigger powers and more to play with.

Crackdown 3 launches November 7.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Does killing Nazis ever go out of style in video games? This time, The New Order’s Frau Engel has stepped into the spotlight as the chief villain and one truly maniacal and disturbing threat to the story’s hero, BJ Blazkowicz.

This next chapter in the Wolfenstein franchise debuts on October 27.

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Sea of Thieves

This pirate-themed co-op action-adventure game looks like the most fun you could have on the high seas. From treasure hunting to fighting skeletons to naval combat, there’s plenty of pirating to do–including getting shot out of your own cannon and being eaten by a shark.

Sea of Thieves arrives in early 2018 on Xbox One.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

A sequel to the indie hit Ori and the Blind Forest, Will of the Wisps looks as beautiful as its predecessor and will only be available on Xbox One.

A release date has not been announced.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm

While Dontnod has already revealed they’re working on a sequel to Life is Strange, now comes news that a prequel–Before the Storm–is coming. This game follows Chloe before Max came back into her life.

Before the Storm arrives on August 31.

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Metro Exodus

The latest entry in the Metro series for first-person shooters take players on a vast post-apocalyptic adventure full of villains, mutants, and some incredibly stunning environments to explore.

Metro Exodus will release in 2018.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

The followup to Shadow or Mordor is bigger and more epic than its predecessor. The true star of the footage shown is Bruz the Chopper, a sassy orc players will battle against.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War hits stores on October 10.

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Minecraft

Not only is Minecraft on Xbox One getting a 4K update, but the game will be also gain cross-platform compatibility with Nintendo Switch. Minecraft is looking good.

The update arrives in the fall of 2017.

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The Artful Escape

Inspired by rock and roll, The Artful Escape is an indie title with a truly unique visual style. The main character uses music to power his adventures.

There is no release date for The Artful Escape yet, but it will launch on Xbox One first.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

This multiplayer survival game–think Battle Royale or The Hunter Games–is coming to consoles later in 2017, launching on Xbox One before PlayStation 4.

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Deep Rock Galactic

Up to four people can work together in this space-set, first-person shooter that looks like it was inspired by Minecraft. That’s not a bad thing, though. Deep Rock: Galactic looks like the best kind of co-op fun as players burrow into the ground to fight space bugs.

It arrives later in 2017.

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The Evil Within 2

If you’re looking for nightmare fuel, this is exactly the game for you. The Evil Within 2 sends disgraced detective Sebastian Castellanos back into the STEM world to rescue the daughter he’s believed to be dead for years.

The Evil Within 2 somehow looks even creepier than the truly disturbing first game in the series. You can pick it up October 13. (Yes, that’s Friday the 13th.)

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Tacoma

This game has been a long time coming. After first being announced in 2014, space mystery Tacoma will arrive on Xbox One on August 17. The story finds players waking up is an abandoned space station as they try to figure out what happened to the crew. The trailer released at E3 feels reminiscent of the Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence movie The Passengers.

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The Darwin Project

In this game, you’re sent to a post-apocalyptic landscape to fight to the death for the entertainment of the people inside the game’s universe. Finally, all those studios that started developing games when The Hunger Games released are showing them to the world.

No release date has been revealed.

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The Last Night

If the idea of cyberpunk was boiled down into a single game, The Last Night might just be it. The sidescrolling adventure game has hints of noir elements and a vast pixelated color palette.

A release date has not been announced.

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